Water Tunnel Visualizations of Dynamic Stall

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K. W. McAlister, L. W. Carr

Aeromechanics Laboratory, U.S. Army R&T Laboratories (AVRADCOM), Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. 94035

J. Fluids Eng 101(3), 376-380 (Sep 01, 1979) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448981 History: Received August 07, 1978; Online October 12, 2010


A two-dimensional experiment was conducted in a water tunnel using hydrogen bubble flow visualizations for the purpose of exposing, independently, the behavior of the viscous and inviscid domains during unsteady airfoil stall. By imposing a large amplitude pitch oscillation about the static-stall angle of a modified NACA 0012 airfoil, an unsteady environment was created that not only altered considerably the progression of flow reversal along the airfoil surface from what was observed in steady flow, but also caused a unique succession of vortical developments to appear that is unparalleled in steady flow.

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