Revival of Classical Vortex Generators Now for Transition Delay
2012 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 109, no 7, 074501- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Classical vortex generators, known for their efficiency in delaying or even inhibiting boundary layer separation, are here shown to be coveted devices for transition to turbulence delay. The present devices are miniature with respect to classical vortex generators but are tremendously powerful in modulating the laminar boundary layer in the direction orthogonal to the base flow and parallel to the surface. The modulation generates an additional term in the perturbation energy equation, which counteracts the wall-normal production term and, hence, stabilizes the flow. Our experimental results show that these devices are really effective in delaying transition, but we also reveal their Achilles' heel.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 109, no 7, 074501- p.
Number-Independent Instability, Boundary-Layer, Flat Surface, Streaks, Waves
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102913DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.074501ISI: 000307709400022ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84865209849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-102913DiVA: diva2:557625
FunderEU, European Research Council
QC 201209282012-09-282012-09-282016-02-08Bibliographically approved