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Experimental benchmark and code validation for airfoils equipped with passive vortex generators

Baldacchino, D., Manolesos, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-5506-6061, Ferreira, C. , González Salcedo, A., Aparicio, M., Chaviaropoulos, T., Diakakis, K., Florentie, L., García, N. R., Papadakis, G., Sørensen, N. N., Timmer, N., Troldborg, N., Voutsinas, S. G. & van Zuijlen, A. (2016). Experimental benchmark and code validation for airfoils equipped with passive vortex generators. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 753(2), article number 022002. doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/753/2/022002


Experimental results and complimentary computations for airfoils with vortex generators are compared in this paper, as part of an effort within the AVATAR project to develop tools for wind turbine blade control devices. Measurements from two airfoils equipped with passive vortex generators, a 30% thick DU97W300 and an 18% thick NTUA T18 have been used for benchmarking several simulation tools. These tools span low-to-high complexity, ranging from engineering-level integral boundary layer tools to fully-resolved computational fluid dynamics codes. Results indicate that with appropriate calibration, engineering-type tools can capture the effects of vortex generators and outperform more complex tools. Fully resolved CFD comes at a much higher computational cost and does not necessarily capture the increased lift due to the VGs. However, in lieu of the limited experimental data available for calibration, high fidelity tools are still required for assessing the effect of vortex generators on airfoil performance.

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Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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