By Jon Vegas
15 Mar 2019
Drones will be improved thanks to the studies of bats.
Bats are very interesting creatures and one of the best flyers we are aware of. They can fly for extremely long periods of time and manoeuvre midair with pin point precision. They can get themselves in and out of very tight areas with ease. Until now our greatest minds have still struggled to fully understand the science behind the way bats fly and what characteristics make them so talented in this field.
The University of British Columbia have assigned a team of engineers to investigate the bats ability to fly. Using a 3-D computer modelling system they have managed to analyze the complexity of the bats flight and the findings are to be used to further develop the design of drones and other aerial vehicles.
Using aluminum, the team managed to build a replica bat wing and then managed to replicate the bending, twisting and flapping of the wing by channeling wind through a tunnel. By monitoring the 360-degree movements and the aerodynamics of the wing while turbulent air flows around the researchers were able to complete a full model.
So, what is it that makes bats such exceptional flyers?
The wing of the bat is highly unique as they contain a stretchable membrane that allows them to change shape but always return to the original form along with multiple joins you can see why this gives them a natural advantage over the flight of a bird.
In conclusion we are exciting to see what effect this information has on the drone as we know it. Will the morphing technique be used on flying vehicles moving forward? Or will drones have flapping wings in the future?
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