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Modelling the Flying Bird (Theoretical Ecology Series) by C. J. Pennycuick

By C. J. Pennycuick

This booklet outlines the foundations of flight, of birds particularly. It describes a manner of simplifying the mechanics of flight right into a useful machine software, as a way to are expecting in a few aspect what any fowl, actual or hypothetical, can and can't do. The Flight application, offered at the better half web site, generates functionality curves for flapping and gliding flight, and simulations of long-distance migration and bills effectively for the intake of muscle mass and different tissues in the course of migratory flights. this system is successfully a operating version of a flying chicken (or bat or pterosaur) and is the skeleton round which the publication is equipped. The ebook offers a much wider heritage after which explains how Flight works and indicates easy methods to organize and attempt hypotheses generated by means of the program.

The booklet and this system are in keeping with adapting the normal (and well-tested) contemplating aeronautical engineers to the organic difficulties of chook flight. Their basic goal is to persuade biologists that this can be the fitting solution to deal with difficulties that contain flight, to make the engineering heritage available to biologists, and to supply a device package within the form of the Flight software, which they could use to unravel useful difficulties concerning poultry flight and migration. moreover, the publication can be effortlessly available to engineers who need to know how birds paintings, and will be of curiosity to the ever-growing neighborhood engaged on flapping "micro air automobiles" (MAVs). this system can be utilized to foretell the flight functionality and services of reconstructed fossil birds and pterosaurs, flying in historic atmospheres that range from current stipulations, and in addition, after all, to foretell and account for the result of experiments and observations on dwelling birds and bats.

* an up to the moment paintings through the world's major specialist on fowl flight
* Examines the biology and biomechanics of chicken flight with further connection with the flight of bats and pterosaurs.
* makes use of confirmed aeronautical ideas to aid remedy organic matters in realizing and predicting the flight services of birds and different vertebrates.
* presents insights into the evolution of flight and the most likely features of extinct birds and reptiles.
* offers a close rationalization of the technological know-how in the back of, and use of, the author's predictive chicken flight simulation application - Flight - that's to be had on a spouse website.
* provides frequently tough ideas in simply understood language.

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