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Aerospace 2018, 5(3), 89;

On the Wake Properties of Segmented Trailing Edge Extensions

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Egnineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469, USA
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Received: 14 July 2018 / Revised: 3 August 2018 / Accepted: 15 August 2018 / Published: 21 August 2018
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Changes in the amount and the distribution of mean and turbulent quantities in the free shear layer wake of a 2D National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) 0012 airfoil and an AR 4 NACA 0012 wing with passive segmented rigid trailing edge (TE) extensions were investigated at the University of Dayton Low Speed Wind Tunnel (UD-LSWT). The TE extensions were intentionally placed at zero degrees with respect to the chord line to study the effects of segmented extensions without changing the effective angle of attack. Force based experiments were used to determine the total lift coefficient variation of the wing with seven segmented trailing edge extensions distributed across the span. The segmented trailing edge extensions had a negligible effect on the lift coefficient, but showed a measurable decrement in the sectional and total drag coefficient. Investigation of turbulent quantities (obtained through Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)) such as Reynolds stress, streamwise and transverse root-mean square (RMS) in the wake, reveal a significant decrease in magnitude when compared to the baseline. The decrease in the magnitude of turbulent parameters was supported by the changes in coherent structures obtained through two-point correlations. Apart from the reduction in drag, the lower turbulent wake generated by the extensions has implications in reducing structural vibrations and acoustic tones. View Full-Text
Keywords: trailing edge extensions; drag reduction; coherent structures trailing edge extensions; drag reduction; coherent structures

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Gunasekaran, S.; Curry, D. On the Wake Properties of Segmented Trailing Edge Extensions. Aerospace 2018, 5, 89.

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