A review on flow energy harvesters based on flapping foils

Xiao, Qing and Zhu, Qiang (2014) A review on flow energy harvesters based on flapping foils. Journal of Fluids and Structures. ISSN 0889-9746 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article presents an overview of the state of the art investigations on the recently developed oscillating foil energy converters. An overview of available knowledge and up-to-date progress in the application of such bio-inspired systems for renewable energy devices is provided. Starting from concepts and achieved results in three distinguished categories, various parametric studies are reviewed, along with an in-depth discussion on the potential device performance enhancement via flow control mechanisms. Finally, potential future research directions are discussed.