Hydrodynamic Analysis of a Flopping NACA0012 Hydrofoil and Dolphin Fish-Like Model

Document Type : Regular Article


PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, 641004, India



Imitating Dolphin fish-like movement is productive method for enhancing their hydrodynamic capabilities. This work aims to analyze and understand the oscillations of tail fluke of Dolphin, which can be used as a propulsive mechanism for underwater fish robots and vehicles. The objective of the work is to achieve the desired oscillating amplitude by simulating the NACA 0012 profile using computational models and Set up the swimming movement of the dolphin, imitating a fish like model. Computational techniques were employed to examine the propulsive capabilities of the oscillating hydrofoil, inspired by the dolphin's biological propulsion. The evolutionary of fluid pattern in the field surrounding both Dolphin fish model and the NACA0012 hydrofoil, from initial motion to cruising, was established, and the hydrodynamic impact was subsequently studied. An user-defined function (UDF) was developed to create a dynamic mesh interface with CFD code ANSYS FLUENT for establishing the oscillations of Dolphin tail across the flow field. Influencing hydrodynamic coefficients such as lift and drag coefficients at different frequencies were also obtained. The findings shown that when the acceleration of the Dolphin fish model increases, the time averaged drag force coefficient drops because The wake field's vortex disperses to have some beneficial effects and pressure of water surrounding the fish head intensifies to produce a large resistance force. Simulation results show a 98% agreement at lower frequency and speed levels but a 5% deviation at higher frequency and speed due to turbulence effects in both models. It was established that the vortex superposition enhances the Dolphin fish like model rather than lowering its positive impacts.  The Strouhal number, which is obtained by the fluid field's evolution rule, can be linked to the Kármán vortex street span with reverse.


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