Low Reynolds number aerodynamics is important to a number of natural and man-made flyers. Birds, bats, and insects have been of interest to biologists for years, and active study in the aerospace engineering community, motivated by interest in micro air vehicles (MAVs), has been increasing rapidly. The focus of this book is the aerodynamics associated with fixed and flapping wings. The book considers both biological flyers and MAVs, including a summary of the scaling laws which relate the aerodynamics and flight characteristics to a flyer's sizing on the basis of simple geometric and dynamics analyses, structural flexibility, laminar-turbulent transition, airfoil shapes, and unsteady flapping wing aerodynamics. The interplay between flapping kinematics and key dimensionless parameters such as the Reynolds number, Strouhal number, and reduced frequency is highlighted. The various unsteady lift enhancement mechanisms are also addressed.
1. Introduction; 2. Fixed, rigid wing aerodynamics; 3. Flexible wing aerodynamics; 4. Flapping wing aerodynamics.
Birds, bats, insects, and micro air vehicles (MAVs) share many aerodynamic features. This book focuses on the aerodynamics associated with fixed and flapping wings. An updated summary of the state of the knowledge based on both the biological and engineering literatures, the book addresses both fixed and flapping wing flyers.
Collana: Cambridge Aerospace Series
Dimensioni: 253 x 20 x 177 mm
Illustration Notes:7 tables
Pagine Arabe: 196