Harvesting energy from a flexible flapping membrane in a uniform flow

Shi, Guangyu and Xiao, Qing (2016) Harvesting energy from a flexible flapping membrane in a uniform flow. In: 5th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop, 2016-03-21 - 2016-03-22.

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The flapping dynamics and strain energy distribution of a flexible membrane immersed in a uniform flow is numerically studied. The system is controlled by two main parameters, i.e.the structure-fluid mass ratio (M*) and the reduced flow velocity (U*). Simulation results demonstrate that the membrane exhibits a periodic oscillation with one dominant frequency for a certain range of non-dimensional velocity. Within this range, flapping amplitude increases with U*, and non-uniform strain energy distribution is generated along the membrane. In addition, the maximum available strain energy shows an upward trend with an increasing of U*.


Shi, Guangyu ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9326-9468 and Xiao, Qing ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8512-5299;