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Habilitation à diriger des recherches

Bio-inspired swimming and flying – Vortex dynamics and fluid/structure interaction

Abstract : The present document, prepared in view of obtaining the 'Habilitation à diriger des recherches', reviews my main research subject at PMMH since 2006, which concerns the study of swimming and flying inspired by nature. Canonical examples of flapping flight and undulatory swimming are explored using simplified experimental models as a starting point. This allows for the discussion of some fundamental questions related to the physics of bio-inspired locomotion at ``intermediate'' Reynolds numbers. In particular, we address the strong fluid-structure interactions that arise in these problems, where we have focused on: simplified models of flapping foils in hydrodynamic tunnel experiments, especially in the dynamics of vorticity in the wake of an oscillating foil ; mechanical models of flapping flyers with flexible wings in a self-propelled configuration (in the spirit of the pioneer experiments of Etienne-Jules Marey), as well as novel experimental models of undulatory swimming.
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  • HAL Id : tel-01098010, version 1


Ramiro Godoy-Diana. Bio-inspired swimming and flying – Vortex dynamics and fluid/structure interaction. Fluid mechanics [physics.class-ph]. Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 2014. ⟨tel-01098010⟩



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