Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Wind tunnel experiments on the effect of compressibility on the attributes of dynamic stall
by Bowles, Patrick O., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2012, 327; 3578993
Abstract (Summary)

Experimental results and analysis of an airfoil oscillated in pitch are presented at Mach numbers from 0.2 to 0.6 and Reynolds numbers up to 3.5 × 106. The design of a novel pitch-mechanism and dynamic stall rig is discussed. High-speed surface pressures and the airfoil’s instantaneous incidence angle are simultaneously sampled and used to characterize the temporal pressure field, static and dynamic loading, and cycle and time-resolved aerodynamic stability under harmonic prescribed incidences.

This work focuses on three distinct problems in regard to dynamic stall and the influence of Mach number, as follows:

1. The stall vortex convection properties: The low pressure signature of the stall vortex’s travel aft over the chord is tracked through deep dynamic stall conditions and moderate to high reduced frequencies. The gestation or growth period of the dynamic stall vortex and its ultimate convection rate are quantified. Increased Mach number decreased the gestation period of the stall vortex and the duration the stall vortex resided over the airfoil chord. The surface pressures and surface pressure gradients found at low-speed as the stall vortex migrates over the chord are shown to be substantially altered following shock-induced dynamic stall.

2. Shock induced dynamic stall and surface flow features: A focused schlieren system is designed and constructed to glean information regarding the temporal evolution of shock structures on the airfoil’s upper surface. The flow visualization is used to interpret the corresponding surface pressures measured through the on-board pressure instrumentation. A λ-shock is shown to develop near the leading-edge. The foot of the developing shock remains near the leading-edge whereas the shock front travels aft over the chord. At a critical incidence, the flow separates, and an off-surface shock structure propagates upstream toward the leading-edge. The effect of roughness on the shock’s formation is examined.

3. Compressibility effects on aerodynamic damping: The ensemble averaged pitch-moment is used to determine the net cycle damping. The time-resolved damping, discussed here for the first time, is shown to be calculable through a Hilbert transform of the pitch-moment. This time-based damping analysis offers new incite into the mechanism of stall flutter in helicopter rotor operations. The test includes a comprehensive investigation of forcing parameters (mean angle of attack, amplitude, and reduced frequency), including the effect of free (un-tripped) and forced (tripped) laminar to turbulent transition. It is demonstrated that the cycle-integrated aerodynamic damping coefficient masks the physics underlying the destabilizing effect of the dynamic stall process. In particular, conditions that exhibit positive cycle-integrated aerodynamic damping, often include time intervals of large negative aerodynamic damping during the pitching cycle. These negatively-damped portions of the pitch cycle could account for high-frequency stall flutter divergence from the rotor control input in helicopter applications.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Corke, Thomas C.
Commitee: Nelson, Robert, Thomas, Flint O., Wasikowski, Mark
School: University of Notre Dame
Department: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Aerospace engineering
Keywords: Aerodynamic damping, Convection speed, Dynamic stall, Focusing Schlieren, Hilbert transform, Unsteady aerodynamics
Publication Number: 3578993
ISBN: 9781303742477
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