Delay of airfoil stall by periodic excitation

A. Seifert, A. Darabi, I. Wygnanski

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It was recently demonstrated that oscillatory blowing can delay separation from a symmetrical airfoil much more effectively than the steady blowing used traditionally for this purpose. Experiments carried out on different airfoils revealed that this flow depends on many parameters such as, the location of the blowing slot, the steady and oscillatory momentum coefficients of the jet, the frequency of imposed oscillations, and the shape and incidence of the particular airfoil. In airfoils equipped with slotted flaps, the flow is also dependent on the geometry of the slot and on the Reynolds number in addition to the flap deflection that is considered as a part of the airfoil shape. The incremental improvements in single element airfoil characteristics are generally insensitive to a change in Reynolds number, provided the latter is sufficiently large. The imposed oscillations do not generate large oscillatory lift nor do they cause a periodic meander of the c.p.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-698
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aircraft
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

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  • Aerospace Engineering


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