2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Human Flight and its Avian Influences
Martín A. Di Stefano
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor

Throughout history, man has always looked to nature for inspiration in inventing such technology as aircraft. For example, helicopters have been modeled after maple tree seeds and airplanes after birds. This presentation will address the characteristics of the natural flight of birds and examine its similarities and differences with the artificial flight of humans. In particular, this presentation will address key ideas borrowed from nature in wing design and discuss the limitations that man-made machines have when using these ideas. Similarly, natures limitations that man-made machines have surpassed will also be discussed.

Keywords: bird, flight, aviation

Topic(s):Physics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 3-3
Location: MG 1096
Time: 8:30

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