Visualizations of the unsteady wake of a manta ray model

Richard P. Clark, Alexander J. Smits

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Abstract

Fluid-body interaction of the pectoral fin of a manta ray is studied experimentally using a mechanical model consisting of an undulating flexible body replicating features of the fin. The evolution of the wake occurs in a manner that is distinct from wakes produced by nominally two-dimensional geometries. Details of the wake structures and their variation with non-dimensional frequency are discussed as well as implications for thrust production and propulsive efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Pages4182-4189
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2006
Event44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2006Jan 12 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Volume6

Other

Other44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period1/9/061/12/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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