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The "Click" mechanism in dipteran flight: if it exists then what effect does it have?

The "Click" mechanism in dipteran flight: if it exists then what effect does it have?
The "Click" mechanism in dipteran flight: if it exists then what effect does it have?
This paper is concerned with the flight mechanism of diptera. For many years it was thought that the flight mechanism incorporated a "click". In recent years, however, doubt has been cast as to whether this exists, or whether it is an artifact of experimental procedure. The aim of this paper is to contribute to this debate by presenting an investigation into the advantages or disadvantages of such a mechanism by conducting a dynamic analysis of a simplified model of such a mechanism. It is shown that, provided the mechanism is driven well below its resonance frequency and it is well-damped, i.e., it does a lot of work, then the flight mechanism with a "click" has distinct advantages over a system that does not have a "click" but is driven at its resonant frequency.
0022-5193
205-213
Brennan, M.J.
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Elliott, S.J.
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Bonello, P.
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Vincent, J.F.V.
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Elliott, S.J.
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Bonello, P.
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Brennan, M.J., Elliott, S.J., Bonello, P. and Vincent, J.F.V. (2003) The "Click" mechanism in dipteran flight: if it exists then what effect does it have? Journal of Theoretical Biology, 224 (2), 205-213. (doi:10.1016/S0022-5193(03)00158-9).

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This paper is concerned with the flight mechanism of diptera. For many years it was thought that the flight mechanism incorporated a "click". In recent years, however, doubt has been cast as to whether this exists, or whether it is an artifact of experimental procedure. The aim of this paper is to contribute to this debate by presenting an investigation into the advantages or disadvantages of such a mechanism by conducting a dynamic analysis of a simplified model of such a mechanism. It is shown that, provided the mechanism is driven well below its resonance frequency and it is well-damped, i.e., it does a lot of work, then the flight mechanism with a "click" has distinct advantages over a system that does not have a "click" but is driven at its resonant frequency.

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Published date: 2003

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Local EPrints ID: 10072
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072
ISSN: 0022-5193
PURE UUID: 4ccb7607-93ee-4329-998b-69c6c353909f

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Date deposited: 18 Jan 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:08

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Author: M.J. Brennan
Author: S.J. Elliott
Author: P. Bonello
Author: J.F.V. Vincent

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