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The Dynamics of Bumblebee Wing Pitching Rotation: Measurement and Modelling

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Fluid-structure interaction of the flapping wings of a hovering bumblebee is considered. Kinematic reconstruction of the wing motion using synchronized high-speed video recordings is described, that provides the necessary input data for numerical modelling. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver is combined with a dynamical model that describes the wing motion. Results of a high resolution numerical simulation are presented.


  • Flapping flight
  • Insect
  • Bumblebee
  • Wing
  • Fluid-structure interaction

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DK gratefully acknowledges financial support from the JSPS Grant-in-Aid 18K13693. TE, JS, MF, KS gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR Grant 15-CE40-0019) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Grant SE 824/26-1), project AIFIT. This work was granted access to the HPC resources of IDRIS (Institut du Développement et des Ressources en Informatique Scientifique) under the allocation made by GENCI (Grand Équipement National de Calcul Intensif), project number A0022A01664.

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Kolomenskiy, D. et al. (2021). The Dynamics of Bumblebee Wing Pitching Rotation: Measurement and Modelling. In: Braza, M., Hourigan, K., Triantafyllou, M. (eds) Advances in Critical Flow Dynamics Involving Moving/Deformable Structures with Design Applications. Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design, vol 147. Springer, Cham.

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