Yang-Yao Niu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1, Shin-Han Liu2, Che-Cheng Chang2 and T. I. Tseng3

1Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tamkang University, Tamshui, Taiwan 251, R.O.C.
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chung Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C.
3National Center for High-Performace Computing Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C.


Received: February 17, 2012
Accepted: May 18, 2012
Publication Date: September 1, 2012

Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.6180/jase.2012.15.3.06  


A preliminary study of the aerodynamic characteristics of bird-scaled flapping wings is performed. Simulations of vortex behaviors and forces due to the reduced frequency of the three-dimensional flapping wings are investigated. First of all, numerical results of the flapping NACA0012 wing are verified with the experimental data. Secondly, three-dimensional leading edge vortex, tip vortex and trailing edge vortex contours induced by the flapping motions in a cycle are demonstrated. Finally, the current study is extended to discuss the flapping kinematics of a bird-size flapping wings. It is noted that the thrust and lift are enhanced and getting larger as the increasing reduced frequency of the flapping wing from 0.3 to 0.6 under Reynolds number of 60000.

Keywords: Flapping Wings, Aerodynamics, CFD, MAV, Lift, Thrust


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