SLSRSA Biomimicry Lectures 2017
The SLSRSA (School of Life Sciences Research Staff Association) is proud to announce the commencement of a seminar series with Biomimicry as the central theme. Our next speaker is Dr Ben Parslew from the University of Manchester!
Monday 3rd June / 3pm-4pm Dalhousie 3G02/LT1
Jumping, flapping and gliding: using the locomotion of flying animals to inspire engineering and creative design
Powered flight has evolved separately in four taxonomic groups: birds, bats, insects and pterosaurs. Some other animals posses the capability to glide, such as flying squirrels and fish, or gliding snakes, frogs and ants. But it is the ones that flap their wings that have proven to be the biggest source of inspiration, and sometimes distraction, to engineers and technologists. In this talk I will present some examples of recent research in the field of bioinspired flapping-flight, including some projects that I have done myself, and some that I wish I had done. To begin with I will give some of the motivations for studying flying animals, which range from understanding the fundamentals of flight evolution, to developing novel flying robots, to generating visual representations of flight in the creative industries. I will give an overview of the bird- and insect-based projects that I've been involved in, which lie at the interface of engineering and biology. These include practical engineering attempts at developing insect-scale vehicles, theoretical models of bird flight physics, robotic devices that mimic a jumping take-off, and CT scanning of wing muscles. In these discussions I'll highlight the areas of research that I believe have the biggest potential for developing useful engineering technologies.