Study on the Hydrodynamic Performance of Typical Underwater Bionic Foils with Spanwise Flexibility
AbstractBionic foils are usually similar in shape to the locomotive organs of animals living in fluid media, which is helpful in the analysis of the motion mode and hydrodynamic mechanisms of biological prototypes. With the design of underwater vehicles as the research background, bionic foils are adopted as research objects in this paper. A geometric model and a motion model are established depending on the biological prototype. In the model, two typical bionic foils―a NACA foil and a crescent-shaped foil―are chosen as research objects. Simulations of the bionic foils are performed using a numerical method based on computational fluid dynamics software. The hydrodynamic forces acting on the foils and flow field characteristics behind the foils are used to analyze the propulsion performance and hydrodynamic mechanism. Furthermore, a spanwise flexibility model is introduced into the motion model. Next, the hydrodynamic mechanism is further analyzed on the basis of hydrodynamic forces and flow field characteristics with different spanwise flexibility parameters. Finally, an experimental verification platform is designed and built to verify the reliability of the numerical results. Agreement between the experimental and numerical results indicates that the numerical results are reliable and that the analysis of the paper is reasonable. View Full-Text
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Zhou, K.; Liu, J.; Chen, W. Study on the Hydrodynamic Performance of Typical Underwater Bionic Foils with Spanwise Flexibility. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1120.
Zhou K, Liu J, Chen W. Study on the Hydrodynamic Performance of Typical Underwater Bionic Foils with Spanwise Flexibility. Applied Sciences. 2017; 7(11):1120.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhou, Kai; Liu, Junkao; Chen, Weishan. 2017. "Study on the Hydrodynamic Performance of Typical Underwater Bionic Foils with Spanwise Flexibility." Appl. Sci. 7, no. 11: 1120.
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