FlapRate are simple, free software programs that run within your
web browser. These programs require a Java plug-in (free
download). You must also go to the Control Panel, go to Java,
click on the Security tab, and add www.ornithopter.org to the "exception
site list". Developed by Nathan Chronister.
FlapDesign helps you design ornithopter
mechanisms. You type in the basic dimensions of the mechanism, and
it shows you the resulting wing motion in the form of an animation
or graph. Simply adjust the dimensions until you have the desired
range of wing motion. FlapDesign also helps you spot trouble such
as asymmetric flapping or potential locking up of the mechanism.
You can also manipulate three different example mechanisms to see
how they work. FlapDesign is an indispensible tool that makes it
much easier to design your own ornithopters!
How to use FlapDesign
FlapRate teaches you to judge the wing flapping rate of an ornithopter
or a real bird. Train your eyes and ears with animations that have
a known flapping rate. Then, quiz yourself and hone your abilities.
This new skill might be useful in ornithological research, and it's
definitely helpful if you're working with ornithopters. You need
to know the flapping rate to make sure your motor is running at
the correct speed.
How to use FlapRate