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Louie Adamian
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A device that replicates the motion of a peregrine falcon’s wing flapping and gliding and how it affects the air around it. 

We wanted to show how intricate the motion of the peregrine falcon and when looking at slow motion videos of it I realised that the way it flaps moving so fast could be really interesting aerodynamically. Replicating the airfoil profile of the wings has been challenging because there isn't a profile online and we can't do 3d non-linear flow simulation so we basically had to guess what it looks like based on general knowledge of birds we found and pictures of the wing. Fortunately the mechanism for the flapping has been more obvious to design because we had a slow motion video of the falcon flapping.