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Dynamic soaring mechanisms in the ocean boundary layer

Bonnin, Vincent and Bénard, Emmanuel and Toomer, Christine and Moschetta, Jean-Marc Dynamic soaring mechanisms in the ocean boundary layer. (2016) International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, 8 (2). 136-148. ISSN 1755-9758

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESMS.2016.075550


Dynamic soaring is a flying technique which extracts energy from an environment where wind gradients form, such as the air-sea interface above oceans that sees such gradients developing through multiple and combined phenomena. Models of wind-wave interactions are analysed in terms of their influence on the induced wind field, before selecting a purely sinusoidal peak wave from the wave spectrum and developing the related wind field using stable laminar theory. Dynamic soaring trajectories are then derived by optimising a nonlinear constrained problem that models the evolution of a point mass vehicle. Characteristic phases of dynamic soaring flight are evidenced out of the overall trajectories and compared to the flat-ocean case in order to conclude on the influence of waves regarding dynamic soaring performances.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of the West of England - UWE (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Deposited On:26 Aug 2016 14:41

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