Models and Control of Fish-Like Locomotion

J. Melli, C. W. Rowley

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Inspired by the advanced capabilities of fish-like swimmers, we seek a greater understanding of the hydrodynamic mechanisms they employ. Borrowing tools from geometric mechanics, we develop a large-amplitude gait design technique for self-propelling deformable swimmers in potential flow and Stokes flow. Additionally, a heuristically-developed control algorithm is implemented to nearly optimize thrust-generation for a swimmer moving through its own nearly-periodic vortex wake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1355-1360
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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