Asymmetries of Flexible Foil Locomotion


Collins, K., Bowyer, A. and Megill, W., 2009. Asymmetries of Flexible Foil Locomotion. In: The Fourth International Symposium on Aero-Aqua Bio-Mechanisms, 2009-08-29 - 2009-09-02, Shanghai.

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    Without asymmetry, locomotion would be impossible. We look at the effects of asymmetry on flexible foils in oscillation and at the role asymmetry plays in thrust production. Asymmetries in time are considered by changing the kinematic profile of an oscillating foil, leading to vectored force production and implicationf for efficiency. The benefits of asymmetry in the flapping profile are shown to be dependent on the physical properties of the fin as well as on the other kinematics parameters.


    Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
    CreatorsCollins, K., Bowyer, A. and Megill, W.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
    Research CentresCentre for Biomimetics & Natural Technologies
    ID Code30130


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