Derived from Wei Shyy personal interest in bird watching as well as its relevance to interdisciplinary research in flying sensors, fascinating features of biological flight will be presented. In particular, aerodynamics associated with moving wings pose many interesting questions while offering substantial opportunities beyond our current engineering practices. Many emerging and novel concepts related to power generation, locomotion in air and water, sensing and actuation interact substantially with moving wings. In this talk, we focus on moving wings which operate under low Reynolds number, exhibit structural flexibility, need to deal with uncertain environment and disturbances of magnitudes comparable to baseline conditions, and adapt based on limited information, often via passive control. These small systems also enjoy certain favorable scaling characteristics including structural strength, reduced stall speed, and impact tolerance. We will discuss our recent efforts in understanding the aerodynamics and aero elasticity related to small moving wings including scaling laws, multi-wing interactions, and aspects deviating from those of fixed, rigid wings.
Professor Wei Shyy is the Executive Vice-President and Provost of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is concurrently Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining HKUST in August 2010, he was Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Michigan. He was previously employed by the University of Florida and GE Research and Development Center in Schenectady, New York. He earned his BS degree from Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, and his MSE and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He is the author or a co-author of five books and numerous journal and conference articles dealing with computational and modeling techniques involving fluid flow, biological and low Reynolds number aerodynamics, combustion and propulsion, and a broad range of topics related to aerial and space flight vehicles.
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