Propulsive Performance and Optimum Configuration of Tandem Flapping Foils

Mannam, Naga Praveen Babu and Avula, Venkata Ramana (2022) Propulsive Performance and Optimum Configuration of Tandem Flapping Foils. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 58 (4). pp. 5275-5286. ISSN 0093-9994

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The application of tandem flapping foil propulsors to conventional aerial and underwater vehicles plays the most important role in the exploration of aerial and marine environments. The hydrodynamic study of fish schooling or birds' flock when swimming/flying in fluid media and the application toward the development of tandem flapping wing robots is gaining more importance in the field of bioinspired vehicles. The advantages of tandem flapping wing configuration are improved thrust performance, maneuvering, and less energy input as the downstream foils consume less power compared to the single flapping foil. In this study, the thrust of two flapping foils arranged in the tandemmode subjected to pitching motion with different pitching amplitudes (A(D)), Strouhal numbers (St(D)), streamwise distance (S/c), and phase lag (phi) of foils is studied numerically using the reynolds-averaged navier-stokes equation (RANSE)-based computational fluid dynamics solver. This novel study mainly investigates the effects of Strouhal number and the dimensionless pitching amplitude on the thrust and efficiency of tandem foils. It is observed that the tandem foils generate higher efficiency at St(D) = 0.2. At this condition, the effects of streamwise distance and phase lag of tandem foils are also investigated. When. is constant and S/c changes from 0.109 to 1, the efficiency of the upstream foil decreases and the efficiency of downstream foil increases. When S/c is constant and phi changes from 0 degrees to 180 degrees, the efficiency of the upstream foil increases and the efficiency of the downstream foil decreases with an increase in phase lag. When phi is 90 degrees, the total efficiency of the two foils gets the maximum value. In general, when S/c is 1 and. is 90 degrees, the tandem flapping foils get themaximum propulsive efficiency. For achieving this condition, pitching amplitude, frequency, and increased phase lag between the two foils play a significant role compared to the streamwise distance (S/c) between the tandem foils.

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Additional Information: This work was supported by the Department of Petroleum Engineering,Godavari Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rajahmundry 533296, India.
Uncontrolled Keywords: VORTICES,ENERGY
Subjects: Electrical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Electrical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 06:34
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