Kinematic Modeling and Dynamic Analysis of the Long-Based Undulation Fin of Gymnarchus Niloticus

  • Guangming Wang
  • Lincheng Shen
  • Tianjiang Hu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4095)


Within median and/or paired fin (MPF) propulsion, many fish routinely use the long-based undulatory fins as the sole means of locomotion. In this paper, the long-based undulatory fin of an Amiiform fish“G. niloticus”was investigated. We brought forward a simplified physical model and a kinematic model to simulate the undulations of the long-based dorsal fin. Further, the equilibrium equations of the undulatory fin were obtained by applying the membrane theory of thin shells in which the geometrical non-linearity of the structure is taken into account. Last, we apply the derived kinematic model and equilibrium equations of the undulatory fin to analyze the thrust and propulsive efficiency varying with the aspect ratio of the fin and the maximum swing amplitude.


Kinematic Model Underwater Vehicle Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Middle Surface Sole Means 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guangming Wang
    • 1
  • Lincheng Shen
    • 1
  • Tianjiang Hu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Mechatronics Engineering and AutomationNational University of Defense TechnologyChangshaChina

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