Indexed on: 19 Jul '09Published on: 19 Jul '09Published in: Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology
The three-dimensional flows in the Weis-Fogh mechanism are studied by flow visualization and numerical simulation by the discrete vortex method. The vortex method, especially the vortex stick method, is employed to investigate the vortex structure in the wake of the two wings. The pressure is estimated by the Bernoulli equation, and the lift on the wing is also obtained. For the results, the eddies near the leading edge of each wing in the fling stage take a convex shape because the eddies shed from both tips entrain the flows, and the downwash in the rotating stage is deflected toward the outside because the outside tip vortex is stronger than the inside one. The lift coefficient on the wings in this mechanism is almost independent of the Reynolds number.