Journal of Visualization

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 185–187 | Cite as

An application of smoke-wire visualization on a hovering insect wing

  • Yun Liu
  • Bo Cheng
  • Xinyan DengEmail author
Short Paper

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Smoke Turbulent Free Stream Smoke Pattern Strong Vortex Insect Wing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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