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Fish Inspired Biomimetic Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Pectoral Fins Using Labriform Propulsion

Karthigan, G and Mukherjee, Sujoy and Ganguli, Ranjan (2015) Fish Inspired Biomimetic Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Pectoral Fins Using Labriform Propulsion. In: MECHANICS OF ADVANCED MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 22 (11). pp. 933-944.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15376494.2014.884656


In this article, we analyze and design ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) underwater propulsors inspired from swimming of labriform fishes. The structural model of the IPMC fin accounts for the electromechanical dynamics of the bean in water. A quasi steady blade element model that accounts for unsteady phenomena, such as added mass effects, dynamic stall, and cumulativeWagner effect is used to estimate the hydrodynamic performance. Dynamic characteristics of IPMC actuated flapping fins having the same size as the actual fins of three different fish species, Gomphosus varius, Scarus frenatus, and Sthethojulis trilineata, are analyzed using numerical simulations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 530 WALNUT STREET, STE 850, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 USA
Keywords: flapping fin propulsion; electroactive polymers; underwater vehicles; ionic polymer metal composite; fluid structure interaction; biomimetic system
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 09:20
Last Modified: 22 May 2015 09:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51587

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