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Experimental Investigations of Laminar Separation Bubble for a Flow Past an Airfoil

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Deepakkumar M. Sharma, Kamal Poddar

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, UP, India

Paper No. GT2010-22224, pp. 1167-1173; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2010-22224
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4401-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

Wind tunnel experiments were carried out on NACA 0015 airfoil model to investigate the formation of laminar separation bubble on the upper surface of the airfoil by varying angle of attack from −5° to 25° with respect to the free stream velocity at constant Reynolds number varying from 0.2E06 to 0.6E06. Pressure signals were acquired from the pressure ports selected at the mid-span of the airfoil model along the chord. Static stall characteristics were obtained from the surface pressure distribution. The flow separation was found to be a trailing edge turbulent boundary layer separation preceded with a laminar separation bubble. Flow Visualizations were done by using Surface Oil flow Technique for qualitative analysis of the transition zone formed due to the presence of laminar separation bubble As the angle of attack is increased the separation bubble moves towards the leading edge of the airfoil and finally gets shredded or burst at a particular angle of attack resulting in leading edge turbulent flow separation which induces the static stall condition. The flow separation process is critically analyzed and the existence of laminar separation bubble is visualized and quantified with the increase in angle of attack and Re. Effect of Re and angle of attack on the various boundary layer and Separation bubble parameters are obtained and analyzed.

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