Bat Wing Inspiration

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers are dissecting bat wing mechanics in order to simulate the efficiency of bat flight in designing micro air vehicles.

     A team of researchers are deconstructing the way the bat flies to apply to flying vehicles.  Over 1,000 bat species have hand membrane wings with “webbed’ fingers connected by a flexible membrane.  This configuration allows the bat to expand by 30% on a downward movement to maximize favorable forces but also decreases the area similarly on the way up to minimize unfavorable forces.  The forces manipulated by the bat are 2 to 3 times greater than static airfoil wings used for large airplanes.  So, they’re going to continue to study the bat wing, break it down into simpler motions, and hopefully apply it to make a bat-inspired flying robot.