Analysis of Unswept and Swept Wing Chordwise Pressure Data from an Oscillating NACA 0012 Airfoil Experiment. Volume I. Technical Report.
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The objective of the present investigation was to study the unsteady chordwise force response on the airfoil surface and to examine its sensitivity to the various system parameters. A further examination of previously reported unsteady aerodynamic data on a tunnel spanning with both swept and unswept, obtained in the United Technologies Research UTRC Main Wind Tunnel, was performed. The main body of this data analysis was carried out by analyzing the propagation speed of pressure disturbances along the chord and by studying the behavior of the unsteady part of the chordwise pressure distribution at various points of the airfoil pitching cycle. It was found that Mach number effects dominate the approach to and the inception of both static and dynamic stall. The stall angle decreases as the Mach number increases. However, sweep dominates the load behavior within the stall regime. Large phase differences between unswept and swept responses, that do not exist at low lift coefficient, appear once the stall boundary has been penetrated. It was also found that reduced frequency is not a reliable indicator of the unsteady aerodynamic response in the high angle of attack regime. Author
- Fluid Mechanics