CFD Based Determination of Dynamic Stability Derivatives in Yaw for a Bird

M. A. Moelyadi, G. Sachs

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Dynamic yaw stability derivatives of a gull bird are determined using Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) method. Two kinds of motions are applied for calculating the dynamic yaw stability derivatives CNr and C. The first one relates to a lateral translation and, separately, to a yaw rotation. The second one consists of a combined translational and rotational motion. To determine dynamic yaw stability derivatives, the simulation of an unsteady flow with a bird model showing a harmonic motion is performed. The flow solution for each time step is obtained by solving unsteady Euler equations based on a finite volume approach for a small reduced frequency. Then, an evaluation of unsteady forces and moments for one cycle is conducted using harmonic Fourier analysis. The results of the dynamic yaw stability derivatives for both simulations of the model show a good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bionic Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • CFD
  • Fourier analysis
  • dynamic yaw stability
  • reduced frequency
  • unsteady aerodynamics


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