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Body cross-section of the flying snake Chrysopelea paradisi

posted on 22.05.2013, 17:42 by Anush Krishnan, John J. Socha, Pavlos P. Vlachos, Lorena A. BarbaLorena A. Barba

This file bundle contains the geometry of the body cross-section of a flying snake Chrysopelea paradisi, in its flying configuration. We provide the coordinates of the boundary, a gnuplot script to plot the cross-section and a PDF of the output plot.

The snake geometry was used in the CFD analysis of the flying snake using the cuIBM code for incompressible Navier-Stokes. The results are part of a publication recently submitted for peer-review, of which the preprint can be found at:


The README file explains how to run the script to plot the cross-section geometry and gives reference to the other file bundles for our paper, titled "Lift and Wakes of Flying Snakes." 

The geometry used in this dataset and plot were obtained previously by J. J. Socha, and appeared in:

"Gliding Flight in Chrysopelea: Turning a snake into a wing", J. J. Socha, Integrative and Comparative Biology, Vol. 51(6): 969–982 (2011).


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