Aerodynamic performance of twin flapping wings

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The aerodynamic performance of twin NACA0012 flapping wings is investigated for different combinations of sinusoidal plunge and pitching motions employing Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes approach on moving and deforming hybrid grids. The results show that better aerodynamic performance of flapping wings can be obtained at relatively low flow speed for symmetric wings, while both lift and thrust decrease with the amplitude of the plunge and the pitching motion for non-symmetric wings at high speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-83
Number of pages27
JournalAdvances and Applications in Fluid Mechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerodynamic performance
  • Flapping wing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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