A review on flow energy harvesters based on flapping foils

Qing Xiao, Qiang Zhu

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This article presents an overview of the state of the art investigations on the recently developed oscillating foil energy converters. An overview of available knowledge and up-to-date progress in the application of such bio-inspired systems for renewable energy devices is provided. Starting from concepts and achieved results in three distinguished categories, various parametric studies are reviewed, along with an in-depth discussion on the potential device performance enhancement via flow control mechanisms. Finally, potential future research directions are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fluids and Structures
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 2014


  • energy converters
  • energy harvesters
  • flapping foils


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