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Aerodynamic Performance of a Corrugated Dragonfly Airfoil Compared with Smooth Airfoils at Low Reynolds Numbers
Tama M; Wang ZJ; Rajagopalan G; Hu H; He GW(何国威)
Source PublicationAIAA-2007-483
Conference Name45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
Conference Date2007-1-8~2007-1-11
Conference PlaceReno, Nevada
AbstractAn experimental study was conducted to investigate the flow behavior around a corrugated dragonfly airfoil compared with a traditional, streamlined airfoil and a flat plate. The experimental study was conducted at the chord Reynolds number of ReC =34,000, i.e.,  
the regime where Micro-Air-Vehicles (MAV) usually operate, to explore the potential applications of such bio-inspired airfoils for MAV designs. The measurement results demonstrated clearly that the corrugated dragonfly airfoil has much better performance over the streamlined airfoil and the flat plate in preventing large-scale flow separation and airfoil stall at the test low Reynolds number level. The detailed PIV measurements near the noses of the airfoils elucidated underlying physics about why the corrugated dragonfly airfoil could suppress flow separation and airfoil stall at low Reynolds numbers: Instead of having laminar separation, the protruding corners of the corrugated dragonfly airfoil were  found to be acting as “turbulators” to generate unsteady vortices to promote the transition  of the boundary layer from laminar to turbulent rapidly. The unsteady vortex structures  trapped in the valleys of the corrugated cross section could pump high-speed fluid from  outside to near wall regions to provide sufficient energy for the boundary layer to overcome the adverse pressure gradient, thus, discourage flow separations and airfoil stall.
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Tama M,Wang ZJ,Rajagopalan G,et al. Aerodynamic Performance of a Corrugated Dragonfly Airfoil Compared with Smooth Airfoils at Low Reynolds Numbers[C]AIAA-2007-483,2007.
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