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Study of the Leading-Edge Vortex Dynamics in the Unsteady Flow Over an Airfoil
Final rept. 1 Jan 1990-31 Dec 1991
WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN
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The two-year project to study the dynamics of the leading-edge vortex LEV over a pitching airfoil under conditions of dynamic stall, was started in January 1990. Several accomplishments have been made during these two years. The most significant of these are 1 the construction of a special water channel suitable for the study of dynamic stall over a pitching airfoil, 2 the measurement of surface pressure distributions over the airfoil under several key operating conditions, and 3 development of the techniques of Particle Image Velocimetry PIV and its use in the measurement of instantaneous velocity and vorticity field in the two-dimensional flow around the airfoil. Some of these data which are the first of their kind have been used to understand the physics of unsteady vorticity dynamics over a pitching airfoil. These data are being made available to other investigators for use as database in validating their numerical models. Unsteady Aerodynamics, Dynamic Stall, Supermaneuverability, Vortex Dynamics.
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