04 October 2010

A new paper on bat flight has now been published by the Brown University group in the Journal of Experimental Biology (Hubel et al. 2010), where they report on the wake dynamics in a medium sized bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, when it is flying at intermediate speeds (5 and 6.7 m/s). The wake is very similar to that found for other bat species studied in Lund, which lend support for the notion of the generality of these results. Hence, it is very nice to see results of bat aerodynamics being confirmed by anther lab. Since papers of bat flight are still quite rare, this paper will be the focus of our next lab meeting, which will be Monday 11 October, 2010.