Performance of a monarch butterfly for various flapping angle

Aaroh, Mohammad Zuber, Shah Md Abdul Khader, Sagar Kalburgi, Ernnie Illyani Basri, Kamarul Arifin Ahmad

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The butterfly is an insect highly evolved to perform various flight regimes. From gliding flight to manoeuvers involving spontaneous changes in direction, the butterfly is considered a marvel of aerodynamic evolution. Recent demand in the development of microaerial vehicles (MAVs) has led scientists to study these creatures in greater depth to get a better understanding of the lift generating mechanisms adopted by them. This study focuses on the evaluation of gliding performance of the Monarch butterfly. A CAD model of a Monarch butterfly wing is modelled using CATIA, taking into account only a single wing of wingspan 53.381 mm which is used to simulate the gliding motion of the butterfly. The gliding performance analysis suggests that a maximum aerodynamic coefficient of 3.597 is achieved for the current wing orientation at 8° AoA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering and Technology(UAE)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Hardware and Architecture


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