Structural characteristics analysis of the hind wings in a bamboo weevil ( Cyrtotrachelus buqueti ).

Research paper by Xin X Li, Ce C Guo

Indexed on: 11 Mar '21Published on: 19 Oct '19Published in: IET nanobiotechnology / IET


The finite element method is a powerful tool for evaluating the experimental results. It can help to study the flight mechanism of insects and the structural characteristics of flying wings. Therefore, the research object based on the hind wings of () was completed here. A finite element model with a length of 45 mm in the spanwise direction and a 16 mm width in the chordwise direction were established. We used a three-dimensional (3D) scanner to scan a real hind wing to obtain point cloud images. The physical model of the hind wing was carried out by using both the software Imageware and Unigraphics NX. To quantify the quality of the finite element model of the hind wing, the material properties of the wing membranes and veins were conducted by the tensile testing machine. The structural static properties of the hind wing, including static characteristics analysis and natural vibration modal analysis, were analysed by ANSYS; the stress and deflection under uniformly distributed load, bending moment, and torque were, respectively, shown. It was found that the model only had a small deformation, which shows that the hind wings of have excellent structural properties.