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Electromechanical dynamics and optimization of pectoral fin-based ionic polymer-metal composite underwater propulsor

Karthigan, Ganesan and Mukherjee, Sujoy and Ganguli, Ranjan (2012) Electromechanical dynamics and optimization of pectoral fin-based ionic polymer-metal composite underwater propulsor. In: JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, 23 (10). pp. 1069-1082.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1045389X12442010


Ionic polymer-metal composites are soft artificial muscle-like bending actuators, which can work efficiently in wet environments such as water. Therefore, there is significant motivation for research on the development and design analysis of ionic polymer-metal composite based biomimetic underwater propulsion systems. Among aquatic animals, fishes are efficient swimmers with advantages such as high maneuverability, high cruising speed, noiseless propulsion, and efficient stabilization. Fish swimming mechanisms provide biomimetic inspiration for underwater propulsor design. Fish locomotion can be broadly classified into body and/or caudal fin propulsion and median and/or paired pectoral fin propulsion. In this article, the paired pectoral fin-based oscillatory propulsion using ionic polymer-metal composite for aquatic propulsor applications is studied. Beam theory and the concept of hydrodynamic function are used to describe the interaction between the beam and water. Furthermore, a quasi-steady blade element model that accounts for unsteady phenomena such as added mass effects, dynamic stall, and the cumulative Wagner effect is used to obtain hydrodynamic performance of the ionic polymer-metal composite propulsor. Dynamic characteristics of ionic polymer-metal composite fin are analyzed using numerical simulations. It is shown that the use of optimization methods can lead to significant improvement in performance of the ionic polymer-metal composite fin.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: paired pectoral fin locomotion;ionic polymer-metal composite;vibrations;underwater ropulsor;hydrodynamics;optimization
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 10:11
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 10:11
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44854

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