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Re: Scaling problems in Hutchinson 2004
> > For example, large birds presumably get more thrust per stroke,
> but they also have to generate more lift (and may have to expend
> proportionally more energy to recover strokes quickly).
> I'm not quite sure what you mean by "recover strokes quickly". If
> you are referring to the relative portion of the beat period that
> is spent in the downstroke versus the upstroke, that is generally
> chosen such that the specific power of the levitator muscles
> (Watts/gram weight of muscle) is about equal to that of the
> depressor muscles.
That is indeed what I meant; I was a little tired when I wrote that post.
Thanks for the response.
"Continuous speed (as opposed to burst speed) in flying vertebrates is usually
going to be primarily (but not totally) a function of wingloading and optimal
CL (which is a function of planform)."
Thanks very much; that makes sense. I am, however, also interested in burst
speed mechanics if that there are some refs floating around for that as well.