Low Dimensional Morphology Analysis and Computational Optimization of Flapping Propulsors in Nature

Yan Ren
Flapping propulsion is widely adopted by many natural flyers/swimmers, including insects, birds, fishes, and marine mammals. It offers an attractive alternative to conventional propulsion methods for future bio-inspired aerial/underwater systems. However, due to lack of effective technology of studying the highly complex propulsor morphing kinematics and its associated aero/hydrodynamics, achieving biological levels of aero/hydro-performance in bio-inspired flapping propulsor design has proven elusive. Here, an integrated experimental and computational methodology has been developed to systematically study...
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