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Experimental Study of Boundary Layer Flow Control Using an Array of Ramp-Shaped Vortex GeneratorsThe objective of this study was to obtain a database on the flowfield past an array of vortex generators (VGs) in a turbulent boundary layer. All testing was carried out in a low speed wind tunnel with a flow velocity of 29 ft/sec, giving a Reynolds number of 17,500 based on the width of the VG. The flowfield generated by an array of five ramp-shaped vortex generators was examined with hot wire anemometry and smoke flow visualization. The magnitude and extent of the velocity increase near the wall, the penetration of the velocity deficit into the core flow, and the peak streamwise vorticity are examined. Influence of various parameters on the effectiveness of the array is considered on the basis of the ability to pull high momentum fluid into the near wall region.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Hirt, Stefanie M.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Zaman, Khairul B.M.Q.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Bencic, Tomothy J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 26, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2012
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2012-741
Meeting Information
Meeting: 50th Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Location: Nashville, TN
Country: United States
Start Date: January 9, 2012
End Date: January 12, 2012
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 984754.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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