Lift analysis of a variable camber foil using the discrete vortex-blob method

B. J. Maclean, Rand Decker

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The paper presents the use of a discrete vortex-blob method to compare lift performance between fixed and variable camber NACA 0012 foils at a Reynolds number of 1×107 for incompressible flow in two dimensions. The vortex method provides a natural and numerically efficient description of eddies and the vorticity they carry. Since a large number of discrete vortex blobs are used to produce a vorticity field in a Lagrangian reference frame, the method becomes grid free and allows modeling of unsteady flows even around multielement bodies of arbitrary shape in nonuniform motion or rotation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1525-1527
Number of pages3
JournalAIAA Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1994
Externally publishedYes


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  • Aerospace Engineering

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