JSME International Journal Series B Fluids and Thermal Engineering
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Vortex Structure and Scale on an Unsteady Airfoil
Masaki FUCHIWAKIKazuhiro TANAKA
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2006 Volume 49 Issue 4 Pages 1056-1063

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In order to clarify vortex structures and vortex scales on an unsteady airfoil in a low Reynolds number region, we have visualized the flow around unsteady airfoils, such as a pitching airfoil and a heaving airfoil, at Re=4000 using two visualization techniques, dye flow and schlieren visualizations. In particular, we focus on dynamic behaviors of vortices shed from a leading edge, the number of vortex sheddings and their scales. At a low nondimensional pitching rate in a pitching airfoil, a number of discrete vortices were shed from the leading edge and their scale was markedly small. At a high nondimensional pitching rate in a pitching airfoil, on the other hand, the number of vortex sheddings from the leading edge in one cycle was low. However, their scale was approximately one-fourth the chord length.

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