Design of bird-like airfoils

Gavin K. Ananda, Michael S. Selig

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The size constraints and high payload requirements of Micro Air Vehicles necessitate the design of vehicles with high wing loading that require efficient flight at high lift coefficients. MAVs operate in the low Reynolds number regime that is characterized by highly viscous phenomena like the laminar separation bubble causing large losses in efficiency. Drawing inspiration from nature, bird-like sectional profile airfoil families were designed in PROFOIL to operate at these Reynolds numbers. In this paper, parametric studies using multipoint inverse airfoil design are presented to demonstrate techniques and design philosophies employed to design airfoil families between 4–6% thickness that include moment constraints ranging from Cm,c/4 of −0.14 to −0.26.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWind Energy Symposium
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105227
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventWind Energy Symposium, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: Jan 8 2018Jan 12 2018

Publication series

NameWind Energy Symposium, 2018


ConferenceWind Energy Symposium, 2018
CountryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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