Characteristics of a trailing flap flow with small separation

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Detailed measurements of pressure and velocity characteristics are reported for the flow on and downstream of a trailing flap, whose 16 degree angle of incidence resulted in boundary layer separation, a small region of recirculating flow, and a curved downstream wake. Emphasis is placed on the region of recirculating flow and on the downstream wake. The characteristics were quantified by the use of pressure, hot-wire, and flying hot-wire probes. The flow characteristics are compared to those of a similar flow but with a larger region of recirculation reported by Thompson and Whitelaw (1985). The relative importance of the terms in the transport equations for mean momentum and turbulence energy are quantified and the implications of the results for viscous-inviscid interaction methods and turbulence modelling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-128
Number of pages15
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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