Comparing leading and trailing edge vortex circulation history with vortex identification and tracking methods

Yangzi Huang, Melissa A Green

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Abstract

The instantaneous circulation of vortices shed from an unsteady pitching panel is studied to reveal the formation and shedding processes of leading edge vortices (LEV). The analysis processes a large amount of data from the 2D simulation of a flat plate undergoing a 45° pitch-up maneuver. Large scale lift loss on the panel is shown to correlate with the vortex shedding. The Eulerian Γ1 and Q criteria, and Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS) analysis including both finite-time Lyapunov exponent (FTLE) and Lagrangian-Averagcd Vorticity Deviation (LAVD) are all applied at the center and boundary of the LEV to identify the vortex dynamics. This is compared with a calculation of the circulation. The identified LEV dynamics revealed by multiple vortex criteria matches with the circulation development and lift history in time, indicating a consistent timing of LEV formation, growth, shedding, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103933
StatePublished - 2016
Event54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

Other

Other54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period1/4/161/8/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Huang, Y., & Green, M. A. (2016). Comparing leading and trailing edge vortex circulation history with vortex identification and tracking methods. In 54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.