Ae/BE 242

Biological Flows: Propulsion

9 units (3-0-6)    |  third term
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent or ChE 103 a.

Physical principles of unsteady fluid momentum transport: equations of motion, dimensional analysis, conservation laws. Unsteady vortex dynamics: vorticity generation and dynamics, vortex dipoles/rings, wake structure in unsteady flows. Life in moving fluids: unsteady drag, added-mass effects, virtual buoyancy, bounding and schooling, wake capture. Thrust generation by flapping, undulating, rowing, jetting. Low Reynolds number propulsion. Bioinspired design of propulsion devices. Not offered 2023-24.