Computational investigation of flapping-wing propulsion for a micro air vehicle
Lim, Seng Chuan.
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The low Reynolds number aerodynamics of the flapping wing Micro-Air Vehicle (MAV) developed at NPS by Max Platzer and Kevin Jones was studied numerically. The dynamic mesh simulation model of the full multi-wing configuration, which consists of a fixed wing and a pair of aft position, opposed pitch/ plunge flapping wings was developed using an advanced CFD code that is available commercially. The unsteady flow fields, wake structures and forces were determined by solving the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, and the results were compared to past experimental observations. The results were encouraging and provided impetus for future computational optimization studies on the NPS flapping wing MAV.
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