The aerodynamic force platform as an ergometer

Marc E. Deetjen*, Diana D. Chin, David Lentink*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Animal flight requires aerodynamic power, which is challenging to determine accurately in vivo. Existing methods rely on approximate calculations based on wake flow field measurements, inverse dynamics approaches, or invasive muscle physiological recordings. In contrast, the external mechanical work required for terrestrial locomotion can be determined more directly by using a force platform as an ergometer. Based on an extension of the recent invention of the aerodynamic force platform, we now present a more direct method to determine the in vivo aerodynamic power by taking the dot product of the aerodynamic force vector on the wing with the representative wing velocity vector based on kinematics and morphology. We demonstrate this new method by studying a slowly flying dove, but it can be applied more generally across flying and swimming animals as well as animals that locomote over water surfaces. Finally, our mathematical framework also works for power analyses based on flow field measurements.

Originele taal-2English
TijdschriftJournal of Experimental Biology
Nummer van het tijdschrift10
StatusPublished - mei-2020
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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