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Numerical Analysis of a Plunging Airfoil
by Metry, Andro, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 175; 28028633
Abstract (Summary)

Recently, flapping wing aerodynamics has attracted scientists and researchers to increase their efforts to understand it as the interest of designing micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) increases. The objective of this study is to analyze flow over plunging airfoil with various values of reduced frequency (k), plunging amplitude (h), and non-dimensional plunge velocity (kh) and examine their effects on the mean thrust, mean power coefficients, and propulsive efficiency in order to obtain the maximum propulsive efficiency for designing the micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs). The study has been conducted considering a NACA0012 airfoil undergoing pure plunging motion at a Reynolds number of 20,000. A commercial CFD software Ansys CFX has been used for this study.

With the range of k and h chosen in this study, the result shows that the highest propulsive efficiency is 0.281 which happens when k = 2, and h = 0.175; The mean thrust coefficient is 0.0539, and the mean power coefficient is 0.192 with the same value of k and h. Moreover, it appears from the study that the propulsive efficiency varies with both k and kh. In the design of MAVs, it is desirable to find the best combination of k and h to achieve optimum propulsive efficiency.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Hsun-Hu
Commitee: Chae, Eun Jung, Gea, Lie-Mine
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering, Information Technology
Keywords: Amplitude, Mean thrust coefficient, NACA0012 airfoil, Plunging motion, Propuslive efficiency, Reduced frequency
Publication Number: 28028633
ISBN: 9798698594604
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