The passive control of the tip vortex generated by an oscillating NACA 0012 wing via a tip-mounted half-delta wing, in both regular and reverse configurations, was investigated experimentally at Re = 2.45 × 105. Velocity and vorticity measurements, performed using a miniature triple hot-wire probe, show that vortex breakdown occurred when the regular half-delta wing (HDW) was mounted, but not for the reverse half-delta wing (RHDW) configuration. The HDW vortex breakdown led to a rapidly diffused tip vortex, suggesting an enhanced wake-vortex decay. For the RHDW wing configuration, the tip vortex remained concentrated but had a smaller size and also a weaker strength and rotation compared to the oscillating baseline wing. In addition, the vortex center of the oscillating RHDW wing-generated tip vortex was also found to be greatly displaced, especially in the transverse direction, which could translate into an increased blade-vortex-impingement miss distance and, as a result, an alleviated blade-vortex interaction.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 23, 2013
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