Date of Degree
MS (Master of Science)
James H. J. Buchholz
This thesis investigates vortex dynamics of a plunging airfoil by studying the vorticity transport mechanisms of two-dimensional direct numerical simulations. The simulations were used to study a simplified flat airfoil in a freestream that was subject to pure plunging motion. Quantitative and qualitative analyses were used the validate the two-dimensional simulations and gain insight into the effects of eliminating three-dimensional physics in a nominally two-dimensional flow. Additionally, a parametric study was conducted to analyze the effects of Reynolds and Strouhal numbers on the transport of vorticity.
leading edge vortex, vortex dynamics, vorticity flux
xi, 71 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-71).
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