Analysis of cruise flight of the calliope hummingbird

Jialei Song, Haoxiang Luo, Bret W. Tobalske, Tyson L. Hedrick

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A computational model of hummingbird forward flight at speed 8 m/s is constructed from highspeed videos to study the aerodynamics of the flapping wing. The kinematic parameters were analyzed, which include the effective angle of attack and the chord angle. The reconstructed model was then used for a simple blade-elementmodel to study the lift and thrust generated by different sections of the wing. It was found that the distal section is responsible for thrust production while both distal and proximal sections contributed to lift production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103629
StatePublished - 2015
Event45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2015 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2015Jun 26 2015

Publication series

Name45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference


Conference45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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