Special Issue "Recent Advances on Modeling, Analysis and Applications of Unsteady Aerodynamics"

A special issue of Fluids (ISSN 2311-5521).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Haithem Taha
Guest Editor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Interests: unsteady aerodynamics; reduced-order modeling; bio-inspired flight; flight mechanics and control; geometric nonlinear control; variational principles

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since its early development in the first half of the last century, the classical theory of unsteady aerodynamics has served the community quite well in studying the flow dynamics over oscillating airfoils and rotary wings, the flutter problem of airplane wings and wind turbine blades, and bio-inspired flight. However, this linear theory has a limited region of applicability confined to inviscid, incompressible, and small angle-of-attack applications. Over the past two decades, the community’s interest in unsteady aerodynamics has been rejuvenated. This research flurry is partly to extend the classical theory to account for viscous, compressible, or high alpha effects, and partly to deepen our understanding of the unconventional flow dynamics in interesting applications such as bio-inspired flight.

This Special Issue aims to present some of the recent advances in the modeling and analysis of unsteady fluid flows. Topics include theoretical modeling of unsteady aerodynamics, high-alpha unsteady aerodynamics, bio-inspired flight, unsteady flow control, data-driven (e.g., machine learning) modeling of unsteady fluid dynamics, reduced-order modeling, and the recent techniques of principal component analysis (PCA); e.g., the dynamic mode decomposition (DMD).

Prof. Dr. Haithem Taha
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • unsteady aerodynamics
  • high-alpha aerodynamics
  • flow control
  • oscillating airfoils
  • bio-inspired flight
  • reduced-order modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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