[2017-Vol.14-Issue 2]A Simulation of the Flight Characteristics of the Deployable Hindwings of Beetle
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Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages 296–306


An insect is an excellent biological object for the bio-inspirations to design and develop a MAV. This paper presents the simulation study of the flight characteristics of the deployable hindwings of beetle, Dorcustitanus platymelus. A 3D geometric model of the beetle was obtained using a 3D laser scanning technique. By studying its hindwings and flight mechanism, the mathematical model of the flapping motion of its hindwings was analyzed. Then a simulation analysis was carried out to analyze and evaluate the flapping flying aerodynamic characteristics. After that, the flow of blood in the hindwing veins was studied through simulation to determine the maximum pressure on a vein surface and the minimum blood flow in flight. A number of interesting bio-inspirations were obtained. It is believed that these findings can be used for the design and development of a MAV with similar flying capabilities to a natural beetle.


    • flapping
    • aerodynamic characteristics
    • deployable
    • hindwings
    • beetle
    • bio-inspiration
    • Full text is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1672652917300100
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