Monday, October 19, 2009

Dynamic Soaring


...the concept of dynamic soaring dates back to the 1880s, when it was proposed by the physicist Lord Rayleigh. “He was watching the flight of birds and he figured out that birds could take advantage of gusts of wind,” explains Bowers. “He reasoned that as a stronger gust would hit a bird, the bird would see that as an increase in the amount of energy that it had and could convert that energy into an increase in altitude...”

Continue reading the article at Thermal vs. Dynamic Soaring

Monday, October 12, 2009

Changing Dynamics of Aerodynamics

The wind engineering community, like so many other science and engineering fields, are constantly exploring ways in which emerging and evolving technologies can be incorporated to enhance the current body of work.

This paper, entitled "The Changing Dynamics of Aerodynamics: New Frontiers," highlights some of the collaborative work being conducted between the NatHaz Lab and other partners. It will be presented at APCWE VII in Taipei, Taiwan.