Team building at institute level
Ir. at UCL in 2016
Main project: Modelisation and optimization of bird flight
Supervisor(s): Philippe Chatelain, Renaud Ronsse
This research project aims at modeling and optimizing bird flight. The goal of this modelization is to get a deep understanding of the mechanisms that govern avian flight and the best way to understand it is to re-create it. That is, the flight will be modeled starting from the given anatomy of a bird and the kinematics will be the result of an optimization process aiming at the most optimal flight.
Compared to other existing studies on the subject of bird flight, this project will follow a "bottom-up" approach, all the way from muscle activation, up to the wing aerodynamics and gait optimization. This approach is necessary to be able to evaluate key values such as metabolic rates, ...
This will allow us to answer a few questions such as :
- What are the mechanisms enabling high efficiency in bird flight ?
- How do we achieve a stable flapping flight ?
This work is purely numerical. The bio-mechanical model of the bird is developed using the multi-body solver Robotran developed at UCL. This bio-mechanical model will be coupled to an aerodynamical model based on a vortex particle-mesh code (VPM) developed at UCL as well.
IMMC main research direction(s):
Dynamical and electromechanical systems
Research group(s): TFL - MEED
See complete list of publications
1. Colognesi, Victor. Trimmed bird flight : simulation and performance quantification. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/219904