Computational analysis of flapping airfoil aerodynamics

Tuncer İ. H. , Platzer M. F. , Ekaterinaris J. A.

Proceedings of the 1994 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Part 9 (of 18), Lake Tahoe, NV, USA, 19 - 23 June 1994, vol.196, pp.9-18 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 196
  • City: Lake Tahoe, NV, USA
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-18
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A Navier-Stokes, a potential flow and an interactive Navier-Stokes/potential flow analysis are described for the determination of the flowfield and of the aerodynamic forces generated by a flapping airfoil in low subsonic flow. The numerical solutions predict thrust for a sinusoidally flapping motion with a mean amplitude of 0.10 c and a reduced frequency of k = 1.5. The thrust producing vortical wake profiles are identified. The interactive Navier-Stokes/potential flow solution method yields as accurate a flowfield prediction as the full domain Navier-Stokes solution.