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Comparative Power Curves Critique

Submitted by jmalloldiaz on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:18

Due to using intermediate flight speeds for calibration purposes, pectoralis power data for cockatiels and doves is overestimated at slow speeds and underestimated at fast speeds. A follow-up study could address this issue by using other calibration parameters that do not interfere with slow and fast speed data for pectoralis power. Apart from the pectoralis muscles, data from other relevant wing muscles was not recorded in this study, and the role of the tail in reducing power requirements at slow speeds was unaddressed. This could be easily solved by employing sonomicrometry and other techniques in the rest of the muscles involved with flight, and by analyzing the bird’s use of its tail when flying at slow speeds. Finally, the model struggled to accurately measure drag at faster speeds due to a gap in the knowledge of the components of total drag. This would require further studies in the aerodynamics of flight, perhaps by employing more advanced biophysics software or using new lab techniques that record the components of total drag.



The paragraph is very informative but provides very little background information for a reader who might now be familiar with this subject. I would define some important terms before jumping right in. 

This paragraph is well written and very informative. The only suggestion I can make is that it seems taken out of context and there should be background information to allow the reader to comprehend the topic. In addition, some of the sentences seem too long. By seperating a sentence into two sentences, it may create more flow.