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Computational Study of Flow Characteristics of Thick and Thin Airfoil With Implicit Large-Eddy Simulation at Low Reynolds Number

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Ryoji Kojima

University of Tokyo, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan

Taku Nonomura, Akira Oyama, Kozo Fujii

JAXA, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan

Paper No. AJK2011-15026, pp. 3485-3495; 11 pages
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference: Volume 1, Symposia – Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Hamamatsu, Japan, July 24–29, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4440-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by JSME


The flow fields around NACA0012 and NACA0002 at Reynolds number of 23,000, and their aerodynamic characteristics are analyzed. Computations are conducted with implicit large-eddy simulation solver and Reynolds-averaged-Navier-Stokes solver. Around this Reynolds number, the flow over an airfoil separates, transits and reattaches, resulting in generation of a laminar separation bubble at angle of attack in the range of certain degrees. Over a NACA0012 airfoil a separation point moves toward its leading edge with increasing angle of attack, and a separated flow may transit to create a short bubble. On the other hand, over a NACA0002 airfoil a separation point is kept at its leading edge, and a separated flow may transit to create a long bubble. Moreover, there appears nonlinearity in lift curve for NACA0012 airfoil, but does not appear in that for NACA0002 in spite of existence of a laminar separation bubble.

Copyright © 2011 by JSME



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