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Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics 2006 by A. Ecer, N. Satofuka, Pat Fox, Jacques Periaux, Jang-Hyuk Kwon

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Path Optimization of Flapping Airfoils Based on NURBS

Mustafa Kayaa,*; Ismail H. Tuncera,tncer@ac.metu.edu.tr    a Middle East Technical University Department of Aerospace Engineering 06531 Ankara, Turkey* Graduate Research Assistant. inkaya@ac.metu.edu.tr Prof.,

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The path of a flapping airfoil undergoing a combined, nonsinusoidal pitching and plunging motion is optimized for maximum thrust and/or propulsive efficiency. The current interest in the research and development community is to find the most energy-efficient airfoil-adaptation and flapping-wing-motion technologies capable of providing the required aerodynamic performance for an MAV flight. The flapping motion of the airfoil is imposed by moving the airfoil and the grid ...

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