Initial perturbations in the wingtip vortices can potentially lead to instabilities that significantly reduce their lifetime in the wake of an aircraft. An active winglet capable of oscillating about its point of attachment to the main wing-section is developed using piezoelectric macro fiber composite, to actively perturb the vortex at its onset. Resonance characteristics of the actuated winglet oscillations are evaluated at different excitation levels and aerodynamic loading. Mean near-field characteristics of the vortex, developing from a stationary and an oscillating winglet, are investigated with the help of stereoscopic particle image velocimetry. Results show that the amplitude of winglet oscillations increases linearly with input excitation, to a highest attainable value of nearly four times the airfoil thickness at the winglet tip. The vortex developing from a winglet is stretched along its axis, having an elliptical core with non-uniform vorticity distribution. Actuation leads to spatial oscillations of the vortex core together with a reduction in the mean peak vorticity levels. The amplitude of the actuated core oscillations remains constant in the investigated region of the wake.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 29, 2016
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera