Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 745–758, 2020
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 745–758, 2020

Research article 16 Jun 2020

Research article | 16 Jun 2020

Experimental investigation of aerodynamic characteristics of bat carcasses after collision with a wind turbine

Shivendra Prakash and Corey D. Markfort


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AR by Corey Markfort on behalf of the Authors (19 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Apr 2020) by Jakob Mann
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Apr 2020) by Gerard J.W. van Bussel(Chief Editor)
Short summary
Bat carcass surveys guided by likely fall zone distributions require accurate descriptions of carcass aerodynamics. This research introduces a new methodology resulting in the first direct measurements of bat carcass drag coefficients. The drag coefficient for three carcasses of three different species was found to be within a range of 0.70–1.23, with a terminal velocity between 6.63 and 17.57 m s−1. This information is useful for assessing the impact of wind farm projects on wildlife.