Accession Number:

ADA136921

Title:

The Effect of Trailing Vortices on the Production of Lift on an Airfoil Undergoing a Constant Rate of Change of Angle of Attack.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect a trailing vortex wake has on an airfoil undergoing a constant rate of change of angle of attack, alpha, in two-dimensional, incompressible, irrotational flow. Potential flow theory, conformal mapping by the Joukowski transformation, and numerical integration and differentiation techniques were used to develop a computer algorithm to model the problem. Once the program was formulated, it was used to solve the impulsive-start problem of airfoil motion. The results were found to be in excellent agreement with the results obtained by others. When applied to the constant rate-of-change of angle-of-attack problem, the results showed that a trailing vortex wake has a measurable and predictable effect on the production of lift on an airfoil undergoing a constant alpha. While results of this work, taken alone, are helpful in understanding the phenomena known as dynamic stall, coupled with existing boundary-layer studies the results may lead to additional understanding of the phenomena. More specifically, the computer program develop here could be used to predict more realistically the inviscid flow about a pitching airfoil as it approaches the dynamic-stall conditions.

Subject Categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE