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Mr Nick Durston

Flight stability and control with morphing wings: bio-inspiration from bird flight

Flight stability and control with morphing wings: bio-inspiration from bird flight

How do gliding birds morph their wings, tail and body to control their flight?

How might the lessons learned guide the design of future morphing unmanned air vehicles operating at similar Reynolds Numbers?

These questions have developed into the following research areas in support of my PhD project:

1) The development of methods to accurately quantify the three-dimensional surface geometry of gliding birds in free-flight.

2) An accurate understanding of the aerodynamics of bird flight through the use of wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics.

3) The use of aerodynamic models to support flight dynamics modelling of birds to understand how they use wing morphing for stability and control.

 

Research keywords

  • Photogrammetry
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Ornithology