A review of inline motion in forward flight of insects

Jean Monet

Semester project

The main aspects of the inline motion in forward flight of insects will be reviewed through this report. After a presentation of various basics and definitions, the principal reasons of efficiency of the inline motion in forward flight will be developed. That is why a critical study of the three main motions types and on the various unsteady aerodynamic mechanisms which allow at the insect, the bird or the swimming animals to move with such high efficiency is lead.