Bookcover of Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
Booktitle:

Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics

Computational Study of the Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Dragonfly Aerofoil

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-09-01 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-19084-7

ISBN-10:
363919084X
EAN:
9783639190847
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Low Reynolds number aerodynamics is characteristic of the flight of many natural and man-made flyers. With the advent of the micro air vehicles (MAVs), vehicles with a maximal dimension of 15 cm or less and a flight speed of 10 m/s, the aerospace engineering community started to conduct studies about the aerodynamic characteristics of the flight of birds, bats and insects. The primary focus of this book is a computational study of the aerodynamic characteristics of a dragonfly aerofoil. From past studies dragonfly wings, compared with a flat plate or a conventional smooth airfoil, highlighted better performance in term of lift and drag. The book considers the current research, conducted at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, USA, and analyzes a corrugated airfoil in gliding flight at different Reynolds numbers and for various angles of attack in unsteady state simulations. A peculiar characteristic that comes from the results is a lift-enhancement derived from the unusual shape of the dragonfly airfoil.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
ANDREA MAZZOLA
Number of pages:
124
Published on:
2009-09-01
Stock:
Available
Category:
Air and space technology
Price:
59.00 €
Keywords:
Low Reynolds number Aerodynamics, dragonfly, C.F.D., airfoil, computational research, Micro air vehicles, bidimensional, unsteady state

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