Vortex wakes of a flapping foil

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Abstract

We present an experimental study of a symmetric foil performing pitching oscillations in a vertically flowing soap film. By varying the frequency and amplitude of the oscillation we visualize a variety of wakes with up to 46 vortices per oscillation period, including von Karman vortex street, inverted von Karman vortex street, 2P wake, 2P+2S wake and novel wakes ranging from 4P to 8P. We map out the wake types in a phase diagram spanned by the width-based Strouhal number and the dimensionless amplitude. We follow the time evolution of the vortex formation near the round leading edge and the shedding process at the sharp trailing edge in detail. This allows us to identify the origins of the vortices in the 2P wake, to understand that two distinct 2P regions are present in the phase diagram due to the timing of the vortex shedding at the leading edge and the trailing edge and to propose a simple model for the vorticity generation. We use the model to describe the transition from 2P wake to 2S wake with increasing oscillation frequency and the transition from the von Karman wake, typically associated with drag, to the inverted von Karman wake, typically associated with thrust generation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Volume633
Pages (from-to)411-423
ISSN0022-1120
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • MODEL
  • FLOWING SOAP FILMS
  • FIELDS
  • PATTERNS
  • FISH
  • HYDRODYNAMICS
  • AIRFOIL

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