Analysis of the Snapping Motion of Hummingbird Lower Jaw - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The lower jaw of hummingbirds can deform extensively and quickly for catching preys. This behavior gives hummingbirds the capability to feed on both honey and insects, a more diverse diet than their peers. What’s the mechanical structure and mechanism that allows the fast snapping motion? Similar snapping motion has been utilized for designing deployable spacecraft structures. We will build physical and computational models to analyze the behavior and use them to inspire new design concepts for deployable structures.

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/11/2023 - End Date: 4/27/2023

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Build simple physical models. Learn finite element analysis. Build computational models.

Time Commitment

10 hour(s)

Student Requirements

Courses: Solid Mechanics, Modeling Methods (preferred but not required). Hands-on skills with building physical prototypes with varying degrees of accuracy (from paper models to engineering models) Programming skills (preferred but not required): Matlab

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 09-30-2020
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes