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# Incompressible Flow over Airfoils

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## < 4.1 Introduction >

 Incompressible flow over airfoils
Prandtl (20C 초)  Airfoil (2D)
 Wind (3D)
 Body

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## < 4.2 Airfoil Nomenclature >

 NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) series

Chord line

Lower
surface
edge edge

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## < 4.2 Airfoil Nomenclature >

 NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) series
NACA 4-digit series
* NACA2412
2 : max. camber = 2% of the chord
4 : the location of max. camber = 40% of the chord
12 : max. thickness = 12% of the chord
If the airfoil is symmetric, it becomes NACA00XX

## NACA 5-digit series

* NACA23012
2 : 2*0.3/2 = 0.3 design CL
30 : 30/2 % = the location of max. camber
12 : max. thickness = 12% of the chord

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## < 4.2 Airfoil Nomenclature >

 NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) series
6-digit series laminar flow airfoil
* NACA65-218
6 : series designation
5 : min. pressure location = 50% of the chord
2 : design CL= 0.2
18 : max. thickness = 18% of the chord

Other notations
* SC0195
* VR12

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## < 4.3 Airfoil Characteristics >

* 1930~40 NASA carried numerous experiments on NACA airfoil characteristics
(Measured Cl, Cd, Cm  2-D data)
* In the future, new airfoils should be designed and tested
(consideration of aerodynamic, dynamic & acoustic limitation)
* Typical lift characteristics of an airfoil
Stall  Sepatation
Dynamic stall

How to measure

Maximum lift
coefficient

a0 =

## Zero lift angle Stall angle : angle of attack

(12~18deg)
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## < 4.3 Airfoil Characteristics >

[Def.]
a, angle of attack : the angle between the freestream velocity and the chord

[Note]
1. a0 is not usually a function of Re.
2. Cl,max is dependent on Re.

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## < 4.3 Airfoil Characteristics >

Typical drag & pitching moment characteristics

drag drag

## Sensitive to Re. (form drag)

Profile drag

* AC (Aerodynamic Center)
[Def.] The point about which the moment is independent of AOA
Subsonic : AC=c/4

Supersonic : AC=c/2

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## < 4.4 Vortex Sheet >

Kutta-Joukowski Theorem
* Kutta (German), Joukowski(Russia)
* Incompressible, inviscid flow

L = rvG

* G : positive clockwise

Lift
G

G
Vortex filament of strength G

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## < 4.4 Vortex Sheet >

* g(s) = the strength of vortex sheet
per unit length along s

## * Velocity potential for vortex flow

* Velocity potential at P

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## < 4.4 Vortex Sheet >

* Circulation around the dashed path

* If 

(Note)
The local strength of the vortex sheet is equal to the difference ( jump) in
tangential velocity across the vortex sheet

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## < 4.4 Vortex Sheet >

* “Vortex Sheet” - Application for inviscid, incompressible flow

## * Calculate g(s) to form the streamlines with a give airfoil shape

(Note)
“Vortex sheet method” is more than just a mathematical device; it also has
a physical meaning
ex. : Replacing the boundary layer ( ) with a vortex sheet
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## < 4.5 The Kutta Condition >

* For a circular cylinder,

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## < 4.5 The Kutta Condition >

* From the experiments, we know that the velocity at the trailing-edge in
finite.  Kutta Condition

g(TE)=V1-V2=0
V(TE)=finite

* The circulation around the airfoil is the value to ensure that the flow
smoothly leaves the trailing edge.

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## < 4.6 Kelvin’s Circulation Theorem >

* Assume) 1. Inviscid
2. Incompressible
3. No body forces

##  The time rate of change of circulation around a closed curve

consisting of the same fluid elements is zero

## [ at rest ]  [ after the start ]

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil
* Assumptions

## i) The camber line is one of the streamlines

ii) Small maximum camber and thickness relative to the chord
iii) Small angle of attack

* Purposes

i) Find g(s)
ii) Use Kutta-Joukowski theorem, L’=rVG

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil

## * The component of free-stream velocity

normal to the mean camber line at P

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil
* If the airfoil is thin,
: velocity normal to the camber line
induced by the vortex sheet
: velocity normal to the chord line
induced by the vortex sheet

## * The velocity at point x by the elemental

vortex at point x

## * The velocity at point x by all the

elemental vortices along the chord line

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil
* The sum of the velocity components
normal to the surface at all point along
the vortex sheet is zero

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil
* Sysmmetric airfoil  no camber,

, ,

 

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil

## * Check Kutta condition

 Indeterminant form

By L’Hospital’s rule

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil
* Since we get g(q), now calculate G, L

 

* Lift :

* Lift coefficient :

* Lift slope :

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil

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## < 4.7 Classical Thin Airfoil Theory >

 The Symmetric Airfoil
* The moment coefficient

## * Aerodynamic center is located at c/4 for incompressible, inviscid and

symmetric airfoil (true in real world)

## * Center of pressure : the point at which the moment is zero

Aerodynamic center : the point at which the moment is independent of aoa

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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* From thin airfoil theory,

 …… (a)

Transform …… (b)
x into q

…… (c)

## Leading term for Fourier series term

symmetric airfoil due to camber
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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* Substitute (c) into (b)

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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

For Fourier cosine series,

## [Note] given  Determine g(q) to make the camber line a streamline

with A0, An
+ Kutta condition, g(p)=0

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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* The total circulation due to the entire vortex sheet

By using ,

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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* Lift coefficient for a cambered thin airfoil

 Lift slope,
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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* Lift coefficient for a cambered thin airfoil

[Note]
* Lift slope is 2p for any shape airfoil

## * Zero lift angle :

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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* Moment coefficient

##  A1 & A2 both are independent of aoa

 The quarter-chord is the aerodynamic center
for a cambered airfoil
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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

* The center of pressure

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## < 4.8 The Cambered Airfoil >

The influence of camber on the thin airfoil

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## * Thin airfoil theory

- Closed form
- Limited to thin airfoil,

* Panel method
- Vortex panel
- Source panel  non-lifting cases

* Exactly same idea of thin airfoil theory, but no closed form g(s)
 solve numerically

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y
Boundary
point qj P(x,y)
x
J-1 j

(xj,yj)
J+1
Control
point

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## < 4.10 The Vortex Panel Method >

* At the control points, the normal component of velocity is zero.

## - The normal component of induced velocity at (xi, yi)

 

= : f (panel geometry)

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## < 4.10 The Vortex Panel Method >

* Boundary condition :
+ Kutta condition :

i+1

* Now, we have (n+1) eq. with n unknowns  ignore one of control points

## * The flow velocity tangent to the surface = g

ui,1
 Inside the solid surface
ui,2

* Total circulation :

* Lift :

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
Stall

## Flow separation takes place

over the entire top surface
of the airfoil after occurring

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
Stall
 Trailing-edge stall

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
Stall
 Thin airfoil stall

Flow separation takes place
over the entire surface of
the airfoil after occurring at

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
Stall
 Lift-coefficient curves

1.5
Lift coefficient

10 20

α, degrees

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
High-lift devices

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
High-lift devices
 Trailing-edge flap (plain type)

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< 4.12 The Flow over an Airfoil – the Real Case >
High-lift devices
 Effect of slats and flaps