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Aerodynamics of a Rotating and Flapping Insect Wing

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posted on 28.08.2018, 02:41 authored by SHANTANU BHAT
This thesis presents effects of various geometrical and kinematic parameters on the aerodynamics of a rotating and flapping insect wing. The results provide useful insights into the understanding of why certain insects have certain wing shapes and flapping motion profiles. Remarkably, the thesis proposes modified definitions of two of the key parameters, namely, the Reynolds number and Rossby number, which help reconcile the apparently conflicting results from past studies. Overall, the results obtained by investigating a large parameter space, using both the experimental and computational analyses, might be useful in designing more efficient micro-air vehicles.

History

Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Mark Christopher Thompson

Additional supervisor 1

Kerry Hourigan

Additional supervisor 2

John Sheridan

Additional supervisor 3

Jisheng Zhao

Year of Award

2018

Department, School or Centre

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering