Computational Aerodynamics Modeling of Flapping Wings With Video-Tracked Locust-Wing Motion
Tezduyar, Tayfun E.
Master of Science
The thesis focuses on special space--time computational techniquesintroduced recently for computational aerodynamics modeling of flapping wings of an actual locust. These techniques complement the Deforming-Spatial-Domain/Stabilized Space--Time (DSD/SST) formulation, which is the core computational technique. The DSD/SST formulation was developed for flows with moving interfaces, and the version used in the computations is "DST/SST-VMST," which is the space--time version of the residual-based variational multiscale (VMS) method. The special space--time techniques are based on using NURBS basis functions for the temporal representation of the motion of the locust wings. The motion data is extracted from the high-speed video recordings of a locust in a wind tunnel. In addition, temporal NURBS basis functions are used in representation of the motion of the volume meshes computed and also in remeshing. These ingredients provide an accurate and e fficient way of dealing with the wind tunnel data and the mesh. The thesis includes a detailed study on how the spatial and temporal resolutions influence the quality of the numerical solution.