Rajat Mittal and Jung-Hee Seo Explain the Aerodynamics and Acoustics of the Mosquito Mating Ritual Through Computer Modeling

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Using funding from his Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant, IDIES member Dr. Rajat Mittal, along with Dr. Jung-Hee Seo, have developed a computational model of the sound generated from the flapping of mosquito wings. In a research paper, published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, they explain, “The analysis shows that the high wing aspect-ratio, high wing beat frequency, and small stroke amplitude adopted by mosquitoes enable efficient generation of high-intensity wing-tones for acoustic communications.”. In addition to these findings being useful in the design development of low-noise micro-aerial vehicle and drones, they hope to leverage the knowledge of wing tones to help researchers devise environmentally friendly strategies to disturb the flight and mating of mosquitoes.

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