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A Flight Mechanics-Centric Review of Bird-Scale Flapping Flight

Paranjape, Aditya A. and Dorothy, Michael R. and Chung, Soon-Jo and Lee, Ki-D. (2012) A Flight Mechanics-Centric Review of Bird-Scale Flapping Flight. International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, 13 (3). pp. 267-281. ISSN 2093-274X. doi:10.5139/IJASS.2012.13.3.267.

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This paper reviews the flight mechanics and control of birds and bird-size aircraft. It is intended to fill a niche in the current survey literature which focuses primarily on the aerodynamics, flight dynamics and control of insect scale flight. We review the flight mechanics from first principles and summarize some recent results on the stability and control of birds and bird-scale aircraft. Birds spend a considerable portion of their flight in the gliding (i.e., non-flapping) phase. Therefore, we also review the stability and control of gliding flight, and particularly those aspects which are derived from the unique control features of birds.

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Additional Information:ⓒ 2012 The Korean Society for Aeronautical & Space Sciences. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Received: September 5, 2012 Accepted: September 14, 2012.
Subject Keywords:Bird-size aircraft, Flapping flight, Flight mechanics, Micro aerial vehicle, bio-inspired flight
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Official Citation:A Flight Mechanics-Centric Review of Bird-Scale Flapping Flight Aditya A. Paranjape, Michael R. Dorothy, Soon-Jo Chung and Ki D. Lee IJASS, Vol.13, No.3, pp.267-281, September, 2012 DOI:10.5139/IJASS.2012.13.3.267
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