Study of Flapping Fins of a Bio-inspired Manta Ray Robot
Project Description

This project aims to study flexible fin kinematics of a Manta Ray (free-swimming or controlled-swimming) for designing underwater vehicles. Optical probing techniques will be used to measure the flexible fins kinematics during flapping of a Manta Ray. 3D printing will be used to develop flexible fins. The effect of fin flexibility on hydrodynamics and vortex flows formation will be studied. The kinematic parameters such as the wing tip trajectory, angle of attack and camber deformation will be obtained from a 3D reconstruction technique that involves the use of fine grid projection for 3D profile measurements. High speed flow visualization and particle image velocimetry techniques will be used in the measurements.

QIU Huihe
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Applicant's Roles

1. Design and construction of high speed visualization system for Manta Ray measurements.
2. Biomimetic design and fabrication of flexible fins for a Manta Ray fins utilizing 3D printing
3. Use 3D optical probing techniques in the measurements.
4. Calculate and analyze fin kinematics and flow of a Manta Ray during swimming.

Applicant's Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to measure the fin kinematics of a swimming Manta Ray
2. Learn how to measure the hydrodynamics of a swimming Manta Ray
3. Learn how to use advanced flow diagnostic tools, such as PIV, LDA.

Complexity of the project