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Dynamics of Flow Over a Rotating Wing During Cessation of Motion

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posted on 2022-01-08, 22:28 authored by DANIEL ROLAND TUDBALL SMITH
The impressive flight capabilities of natural flyers have long fascinated humanity. Yet with aerodynamics varying significantly from larger man-made aircraft, the understanding necessary to construct analytical models describing their performance and manoeuvrability remains elusive. This thesis advances our knowledge of flapping wing flight on the scale of large insects to small birds with application to micro aerial vehicles through a study of flow dynamics towards the end of a stroke. This research is conducted through a combined experimental and computational program utilising simplified wing models, visualising the vortex fields associated with high performance and the resulting aerodynamic pressures and forces.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Mark Christopher Thompson

Additional supervisor 1

John Sheridan

Additional supervisor 2

Donald Rockwell

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Engineering