Instantaneous forces in locust flapping wings

Sergey Shkarayev, Rajeev Kumar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


Aerodynamic forces and corresponding kinematics of flapping wings on locusts Schistocerca americana were investigated in a low speed wind tunnel. The experimental setup included locusts mounted on six-component microbalance and synchronized high-speed video system. Simultaneous measurements of wing kinematics and aerodynamic forces and moments were carried out on the three locusts at all the velocities and angles of attack tested. Typical wing kinematics results and their correlations with the aerodynamic forces are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624102882
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2014Jun 20 2014

Publication series

Name32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference


Other32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA


  • Body angle and flapping frequency
  • Lift
  • Locust
  • Thrust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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