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The optimization of a dual foil flapping device

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Authors
Paganucci, Craig J.
Subjects
Flapping wing propulsion
Underwater propulsion
Navier Stokes
Numerical Prediction
Advisors
Jones, Kevin D.
Date of Issue
2003-09
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Aquatic animals, such as dolphins and tuna, have the ability to swim and maneuver at much greater capacity than any man-made device. If their propulsion methods could be replicated mechanically, the benefits to underwater propulsion would be great. A dual foil pitching-plunging device is used to replicate the basic swimming motion of a dolphin. Numerical simulations are used to predict the behavior of a single foil configuration and its wake. The numerical results are used to predict the behavior of the device and to better direct the experimental study. Experimentally, both a single and dual foil configuration are optimized, with the goal being to determine the optimal conditions for maximizing aft foil thrust production.
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Thesis
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Department
Aeronautics
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Format
xiv, 57 p. : ill. (some col.) ;
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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