Propulsive performance of a twin-rectangular-foil propulsor in a counter-phase oscillation

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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Ship Research
Volume49
Issue3
Pages207215; # of pages: 9
Subjecttwin-foil; counter-phase; wing-in-ground-effect; micro air vehicles (MAV)
AbstractAnalysis of propulsive thrust and efficiency of a finite aspect ratio, twin-foil counter-phase wing-in-ground-effect propulsor configuration is made using a time domain panel method. Comparisons were made for the effects of number of foils (single/double), aspect ratio, variable distance between two foils with fixed heave amplitude, i.e., influence of interaction, and heave amplitude with fixed distance, In addition to the apparent advantage of propulsor dynamics equilibrium due to the cancellation of the side and vertical forces, results show that each foil of the twin-foil configuration, when close to each other to gererate the wing-in-ground-effect, has substantially higher thrust contribution than the single foil propulsor, under moderate to heavy load condition (reduced frequency greater than 0.5). Due to the interaction of foils on each other, increase of thrust also produced a higher efficiency over the whole range of reduced frequencies examined. Findings also include the tendency of the thrust and efficiency due to both the fixed heave amplitude with varied distance between foil equilibrium position and fixed distance with varied heave amplitude. Twin-foil counter-phase oscillating propulsors show and aerodynamic and hydrodynamic advantage for micro air vehicles (MAV) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), over the single foil configuration.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierIR-2004-28
NRC number6063
NPARC number8895092
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