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Impact of Internal Vortex Generator Length on Wing Aerodynamics 2019-01-1892

Flow separation is among the major causes of aerodynamic drag experience by wings. Vortex generators are regularly used as a means of flow separation control in wings, their use leading to delayed flow separation and drag reduction. A disadvantage of external vortex generators has been observed to be high momentum loss and inefficiency in vortex generation. Internal vortex generators minimize the penalty of momentum loss and generate vortices closer to the surface. In this paper, the impact of the length of internal vortex generators on the aerodynamic characteristics of a wing have been investigated. Internal vortex generators have been placed at 30% chord distance on the suction side of a NACA 0012 airfoil. Analysis is carried out using the Computational Fluid Dynamics software ANSYS Fluent. The length of the vortex has been varied between H and 5H, H being the thickness of the boundary layer, at air flow Reynolds Number between 1,000,000 and 5,000,000. An optimum length of vortex generators for drag reduction is hence obtained.


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