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Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems

Volume 6856 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 418-419

The Interaction between Vortices and a Biomimetic Flexible Fin

  • Jennifer BrownAffiliated withOcean Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
  • , Lily ChambersAffiliated withOcean Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
  • , Keri M. CollinsAffiliated withOcean Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
  • , Otar AkanyetiAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Verona
  • , Francesco VisentinAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Verona
  • , Ryan LaddAffiliated withOcean Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
  • , Paolo FioriniAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Verona
  • , William MegillAffiliated withOcean Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath

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Abstract

The fluid-structure interaction of flexible bodies in steady and unsteady flow is a key area of interest for the development of underwater vehicles. In the design of marine vehicles the flow can often be seen as an obstacle to overcome, whilst in nature a fish interacts with the flow and is capable of achieving a high level of efficiency. Therefore by understanding how fish – or flexible bodies – interact with the flow we may be able to achieve a better level of co-operation between our vehicles and their environment, potentially attaining a better efficiency in design.