405 Computational Biomechanics and Biomimetics of Flapping Flight

  • Daisuke Ishihara, Kyushu Institute of Technology
  • Hao Liu, Chiba University
  • Shinobu Yoshimura, The University of Tokyo

The advantages of flight over other forms of locomotion lead to the dispersal of insects and birds all over the world [1]. They can perform extreme aerial maneuvers with robustness using their flapping wings [2]. Their flight abilities have become increasingly refined through a long period of natural selection [3].
Hence, it is expected from emulating nature's time-tested forms, functions, and strategies in flying animals with understanding their underlying principles and mechanisms that we find sustainable solutions, which are engineering alternatives to nature's solutions, and we solve practical problems [4].
Since these biomechanical and biomimetic concepts are multidisciplinary, computational approaches are essential because of their interdisciplinary nature. Hence, this mini symposium focuses on computational models, numerical algorithms and methods, and computer software and framework in biomechanics and biomimetics of flapping flight, and their applications. The topics of interest include, but not limited to:
- Computational fluid dynamics with geometrical and kinematical complexities of a body and wings
- Numerical algorithms and methods for coupled multiphysics such as wing-airflow interaction
- Modeling for wings and hinges, which consist of complex and multiscale structures, such as reduced order modeling and multiscale modeling
- Complementary methodologies such as scaling laws
- Computer software and framework for coupled multiphysics and large-scale analyses
- Passivity of flexible structures
- Free flight control and maneuverability
- Design and fabrication for flapping micro and nano air vehicles

[1] A. Azuma, The Biokinetics of Flying and Swimming, AIAA Education Series, 2005.
[2] R. Dudley, The Biomechanics of Insect Flight: Form, Function, Evolution, Princeton University Press, 2002.
[3] A. K. Brodsky, The Evolution of Insect Flight, Oxford Science Publication, 1994.
[4] H. Liu, T. Nakata, G. Li, D. Kolomenskiy, Biomechanics and biomimetics in flying and swimming, Industrial Biomimetics, pp. 29-80, 2019.

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