LDV Measurements in Separated Flow on an Elliptic Wing Mounted at an Angle of Attack on a Wall

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R. N. Parthasarathy

School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, 235 Felgar Hall, 865 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73019

A. I. Sirviente, V. C. Patel

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1585

J. Fluids Eng 116(2), 258-264 (Jun 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910264 History: Received October 19, 1992; Revised September 07, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


The flow around a half-ellipsoid with axes ratio 12:6:1 mounted on a plane wall at an angle of attack of 25° and at a Reynolds number of 47,000 (based on the maximum chord) was studied using a three-dimensional LDV system. In this paper the mean velocity distributions in a volume enclosing the separated region and the near wake are described. The flow is shown to be consistent with the findings of Johnson (1991) based on flow visualization and related topological analysis. The flow on most of the pressure side was attached and laminar, while that on the suction side and in the wake was separated and turbulent. The region of separation had mean negative streamwise velocities as large as 25 percent of the freestream velocity, and the reversed-flow region extended up to one chord length behind the body. The measurements clearly reveal the complex vortex structure that arises from the three-dimensional separation.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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