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Computational Fluid Dynamics Study of a Flexible Flapping Hydrofoil Propulsor

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Harikrishnan Vijayakumaran, Parameswaran Krishnankutty

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

Paper No. OMAE2016-54259, pp. V002T08A005; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: CFD and VIV
  • Busan, South Korea, June 19–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4993-4
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


A CFD study to understand the hydrodynamics and fluid flow around a chordwise flexible hydrofoil with combined sway and yaw motion which imitates the caudal fin flapping in thunniforms, is presented. The dependency of motion parameters of the flexible flapping hydrofoil to its propulsive performance is studied by carrying out the analyses over a Strouhal number range of 0.1 to 0.4 in steps of 0.025 at three maximum angle of attacks viz. 10°,15°,20°. Qualitative observations of the wake field and trailing jet is presented using velocity magnitude contours and vorticity contours. The analyses carried out at 40,000 Reynolds number and sway amplitude of 0.75 chordlength, revealed that the average thrust coefficient increases with increase in Strouhal number and maximum angle of attacks. The highest efficiency is achieved when the maximum angle of attack is 15° and Strouhal number is 0.225.

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