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Dynamic soaring mechanisms in the ocean boundary layer

Bonnin, Vincent; Benard, Emmanuel; Toomer, Chris; Moschetta, Jean-Marc


Vincent Bonnin

Emmanuel Benard

Jean-Marc Moschetta


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 forming through multiple and combined phenomena. Models of wind-wave interactions are analyzed 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 optimizing a non-linear 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.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Mar 24, 2014
Publication Date Mar 24, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Bonnin, V., Benard, E., Toomer, C., & Moschetta, J. (2014, March). Dynamic soaring mechanisms in the ocean boundary layer. Paper presented at 3AF, 49th International Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics
Keywords dynamic soaring, ocean boundary layer
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 49th International Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics