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AN INVESTIGATION OF A MAV-SCALE FLEXIBLE FLAPPING WING IN FORWARD FLIGHT: FLOW FIELD AND AIRLOADS EXPERIMENTS WITH COUPLED CFD-CSD

dc.contributor.advisorChopra, Inderjiten_US
dc.contributor.authorMayo, David Benjaminen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-25T05:35:47Z
dc.date.available2015-06-25T05:35:47Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2C61H
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/16423
dc.description.abstractExperiments were systematically executed with a coupled computational fluid/structural dynamics aeroelastic analysis for a micro air vehicle scale flexible flapping-wing undergoing pure flap wing kinematics in forward flight. 2-D time-resolved particle image velocimetry and force measurements were performed in a wind tunnel where the free stream velocity was set to 3 m/s, Re = 15,000. Chordwise velocity fields were obtained at equally spaced spanwise sections along the wing (30% to 90% span) at the mid-downstroke and mid-upstroke of the flap cycle. The flowfield measurements and averaged force measurements were used for the validation of the 3-D aeroelastic model. The computational fluid/structural dynamics analysis combined a compressible Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes solver with a multi-body structural solver. The objective of the combined efforts was to understand the force production of a flexible wing undergoing an avian-type flapping motion. The temporal and spanwise variation of wing pitch angle affected lift and drag, and primarily aided in producing positive thrust during both upstroke and downstroke.en_US
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dc.titleAN INVESTIGATION OF A MAV-SCALE FLEXIBLE FLAPPING WING IN FORWARD FLIGHT: FLOW FIELD AND AIRLOADS EXPERIMENTS WITH COUPLED CFD-CSDen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentAerospace Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAerospace engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledFlappingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMAVen_US


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