Three-Dimensional Instabilities of Vortices on a Periodically Plunging Wing

Onur Son, Zhijin Wang, Ismet Gursul

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Three-dimensional vortex instabilities are examined on a periodically plunging wing oscillating in a reduced frequency range of k = 0.5 to 3. Two values of the normalized peak-to-peak plunging amplitudes are tested (A/c = 0.1 and A/c = 0.5) at a Reynolds number based on the chord length of Re = 10,000. Leading-edge, trailing-edge and tip vortices are revealed via phase-averaged volumetric velocimetry measurements. Instabilities of the leading-edge vortices are found to initiate at the tip section. These instabilities grow to a helical pattern, similar to an m=1 mode. Tip vortices also show spiraling instabilities due to the interaction with the trailing-edge vortices. Plunging amplitude and plunging frequency are observed to have direct effect on the wavelength of the instabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021
EventAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - , USA United States
Duration: 11 Jan 202121 Jan 2021


ConferenceAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition
Abbreviated titleSciTech 2021
Country/TerritoryUSA United States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Council (EPSRC) Grant

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Grant No. EP/S028994/1.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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