- Model and analyze the aerodynamic performance e.g. lift, thrust, and efficiency of flapping wings as a function of wing structural parameters and wing kinematics.
- Understand the role of flexible wings in biological flight.
- Test the hypothesis that a universal optimal bending mode exists in flying and swimming.
Approach - Fluid Structure Interaction
- Dr. Chang-kwon Kang, Assistant Professor, MAE
- PhD Student: Deepa Kodali
- M.S Student: Louis Salmon
- Developed an analytical model for the lift and wing deformation of a chord wise flexible flapping wing in hover.
- Evaluated aerodynamic performance of the wing using the mathematical model for various motion frequencies and with different flexibilities.
- Comprehensive comparisons against numerical computations.
- Develop an analytical model for flexible flapping wing in forward flight and evaluate the aerodynamic performance.
- Universal optimal bending mode in flying and swimming.