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An Exploration of a PASSIVE Articulated Fish-Like System

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Jianxin Hu, Qing Xiao

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Vinh Tan Nguyen

Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore

Paper No. OMAE2013-10808, pp. V005T06A059; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Ocean Engineering
  • Nantes, France, June 9–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5539-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This study is aimed to investigate the bio-mimetic swimmer propulsion mechanism with the use of its internal muscle force. A simplified articulated model, with multiple rigid segments connected by the joints (imitating the muscle force), is adopted to represent the real swimmer body. To modeling the problem, a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method is coupled with the system dynamic equations. Some preliminary results obtained showed that the numerical methods developed are able to predict the self-propelled articulated multi-body system with multiple degrees of freedom.

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