The Architecture of Dragon Fly Wings




This research depicts the Structural and Fluid Dynamic Capabilities of the Anisoptera’s Forewing

The morphology of the dragonfly wing is an optimal natural construction via a complex patterning process, developed through evolution as a response to force flows and material organisation.

The wing achieves efficient structural performance through a nonlinear variation of pattern, corrugations and varied material properties throughout the structure. The wing geometry efficiently transforms into different configurations to utilise the ambient wind flow energy for their flight. The seemingly random variations of quadrangular and polygonal patterns follow multi-hierarchical organisational logics enabling it to alter between rigid and flexible configurations.

This paper is a study on the smart behaviour observed in dragonfly wing which utilises the ambient environmental energy and transforms it into aerodynamics for passive flight.

Publications:

Books

The Architecture of the Dragonfly Wing: A Study of the Structural and Fluid Dynamic Capabilities of the Anisoptera’s Forewing
Ramaswamy Sakthivel and M.Mingallon
ASME-2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.
Denver, Colorado. USA.

Technical Posters

The Architecture of the Dragonfly Wing: A Study of the Structural and Fluid Dynamic Capabilities of the Anisoptera’s Forewing
ASME Society-Wide Micro/Nano Technology Poster Forum at IMECE 2011