Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Major Professor

Dr. Nikolas Xiros

Second Advisor

Dr. Lothar Birk

Third Advisor

Dr. Brandon Taravella


In this work, the data analysis of oscillating flapping fins is conducted for mathematical model. Data points of heave and surge force obtained by the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) for different geometrical kinds of flapping fins. The fin undergoes a combination of vertical and angular oscillatory motion, while travelling at constant forward speed. The surge thrust and heave lift are generated by the combined motion of the flapping fins, especially due to the carrier vehicle’s heave and pitch motion will be investigated to acquire system identification with CFD data available while the fin pitching motion is selected as a function of fin vertical motion and it is imposed by an external mechanism. The data series applied to model unsteady lifting flow around the system will be employed to develop an optimization algorithm to establish an approximation transfer function model for heave force and obtain a predicting black box system with nonlinear theory for surge force with fin motion control synthesis.


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