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Lift production on rotating and flapping wings

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Rotating blades and flapping wings can generate large amounts of lift via strong vortices in separated flows. This work aims to better understand which flow structures are responsible for lift production and over what time scales. Specifically, current efforts are focused on vortex interactions, wake interactions, and gust encounters.

 

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