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Description - Aerodynamics of Low Reynolds Number Flyers by Wei Shyy

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521882781
ISBN-10: 0521882788
Format: Hardback
(253mm x 177mm x 20mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Wei Shyy

Wei Shyy is the Clarence L. 'Kelly' Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. He has also taught at the University of Florida, as Distinguished Professor and Department Chair. Before his academic career Shyy was a staff scientist at the GE Corporate Research and Development Center. He is the author and co-author of three and the editor of two books dealing with computational and modeling techniques involving fluid flow, interfacial dynamics, and moving boundary problems. Shyy is the author of more than 300 papers in refereed archival journals and national and international conferences. He is the General Editor of the Cambridge Aerospace Series (Cambridge University Press), Associate Editor of ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews, and Acta Mechanica Sinica, and an editorial board member of Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Numerical Heat Transfer, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Chinese Journal of Aeronautics (published in P.R. China), and Transactions of the Aeronautical and Astronautical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His awards include the AIAA 2003 Pendray Aerospace Literature Award and the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Memorial Award. His professional views have been quoted in numerous international media, including the New York Times and the Associated Press. Dr Lian is a research scientist at the University of Michigan. He has done original research in flexible wing and aerodynamics interactions: flapping wing aerodynamics; laminar-turbulent transition; and unsteady, low Reynolds number fluid physics. Dr Tang is a research scientist at the University of Michigan. He has done original research in flexible wing and aerodynamics interactions: flapping wing aerodynamics; laminar-turbulent transition; and unsteady, low Reynolds number fluid physics. Dr Viieru is a research scientist at the University of Michigan. He has done original research in flexible wing and aerodynamics interactions: flapping wing aerodynamics; laminar-turbulent transition; and unsteady, low Reynolds number fluid physics. Dr. Hao Liu is a Professor of Chiba University. He is well known for his contributions to biological, flapping flight research, including original publications on insect aerodynamics simulations.

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