Path optimization of dual airfoils flapping in a biplane configuration with RSM in a parallel computing environment

Kaya M., TUNCER İ. H.

20th International Series of Meetings on Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD 2008, Lyon, France, 19 - 22 May 2008, pp.83-90 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-14438-7_8
  • City: Lyon
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-90
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The path of dual airfoils in a biplane configuration undergoing a combined, non-sinusoidal pitching and plunging motion is optimized for maximum thrust and/or propulsive efficiency. The non-sinusoidal, periodic flapping motion is described using Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS). The Response Surface Methodology (RSM) is employed for the optimization of NURBS parameters in a parallel computing environment. A gradient based optimization algorithm, steepest ascent method is started from the optimum point of response surfaces. Unsteady, low speed laminar flows are also computed in parallel using a Navier-Stokes solver based on domain decomposition. It is shown that the parallel optimization process with RSM suggests a quick and accurate initial guess for a gradient based optimization algorithm. © 2010 Springer.