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Appl. Sci. 2016, 6(1), 15;

Numerical Study on Hydrodynamic Performance of Bionic Caudal Fin

State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Academic Editor: Serafim Kalliadasis
Received: 9 November 2015 / Revised: 31 December 2015 / Accepted: 7 January 2016 / Published: 12 January 2016
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In this work, numerical simulations are conducted to reveal the hydrodynamic mechanism of caudal fin propulsion. In the modeling of a bionic caudal fin, a universal kinematics model with three degrees of freedom is adopted and the flexible deformation in the spanwise direction is considered. Navier-Stokes equations are used to solve the unsteady fluid flow and dynamic mesh method is applied to track the locomotion. The force coefficients, torque coefficient, and flow field characteristics are extracted and analyzed. Then the thrust efficiency is calculated. In order to verify validity and feasibility of the algorithm, hydrodynamic performance of flapping foil is analyzed. The present results of flapping foil compare well with those in experimental researches. After that, the influences of amplitude of angle of attack, amplitude of heave motion, Strouhal number, and spanwise flexibility are analyzed. The results show that, the performance can be improved by adjusting the motion and flexibility parameters. The spanwise flexibility of caudal fin can increase thrust force with high propulsive efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: biological fluid dynamics; numerical simulation; caudal fin propulsion; spanwise flexibility biological fluid dynamics; numerical simulation; caudal fin propulsion; spanwise flexibility

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Zhou, K.; Liu, J.; Chen, W. Numerical Study on Hydrodynamic Performance of Bionic Caudal Fin. Appl. Sci. 2016, 6, 15.

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