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AeroPython

Set of lessons in classical Aerodynamics on IPython Notebooks. Lessons start with the fundamental solutions of potential flow and advance to the classical panel methods with source sheets for non-lifting bodies and source-vortex sheets for lifting bodies. These lessons were tested in the classroom... Continue »

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Student guest blog post: the Wagner effect

The starting vortex at the trailing edge, as visualized by Prandtl in 1934 using a water channel and aluminum particles.

The fourth and final student guest post explains the Wagner effect, and its role in animal flight. We hope you enjoy the series of posts from GW students of animal locomotion! The previous guest posts are: Pterosaur quad launch Pterosaur weight estimation Pterosaur wings and flight capabilities This post completes the series, which was inspired... Continue »

Submitted: "Lift and wakes of flying snakes"

Sketch of the gliding behavior of a flying snake.

Submitted: September 16, 2013. Accepted in Physics of Fluids: February 10, 2014. This paper presents a computational study of the aerodynamics of an anatomically correct cross-section of Chrysopelia paradisi, the flying snake. These animals inhabit the canopy of rainforests in East Asia, and have a very peculiar method of locomotion: they jump from tree branches, change... Continue »