This study examines the use of a passively actuated trailing edge of a thin wing during oscillation motion. The integration of a flexible trailing edge with an oscillating wing has the ability to alter the transient lift and drag characteristics, as well as the time averaged values. The results are obtained for a chord-length based Reynolds number of 0 and 40,000, and at oscillation frequencies of 0.5 and 1 Hz. The non-dimensional heaving amplitude is fixed at 0.25 and the pitching is 20°. The flexibility of the trailing edge is controlled by a torsion rod between the main wing and the trailing edge. Three conditions are evaluated: a very stiff rod (essentially non-flexible trailing edge), a moderately flexible rod and a very flexible rod. Results obtained indicate that lift and drag have a shift in the time averaged values, where the drag and lift both decrease as the trailing edge flexibility increases. These findings have application to both enhanced propulsion and energy harvesting.

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