Passive Control of Three-Dimensional Separated Vortical Flow Associated With Swept Rearward-Facing Steps

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G. V. Selby

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0247

J. Fluids Eng 111(1), 99-101 (Mar 01, 1989) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3243608 History: Received December 20, 1987; Online October 26, 2009


Control of the three-dimensional separated-flow region down-stream of a swept, rearward-facing step has been studied with the purpose of reducing the separated-flow region and attendant drag. Results have indicated that geometric modifications in the region downstream of the step where the spanwise vortex is formed has little effect on the extent of the separated flow, while “conical-lip” and “vortex-trough” base modifications lead to a significant reduction in reattachment distances. The “conical-lip” modification involves a step lip with variable radius and the “vortex troughs” are grooves in the surface upstream of the step which produce longitudinal vortices.

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