Effect of central body size on the leading edge vortex of a rotating insect wing

S. S. Bhat, J. Zhao, D. L. Jacono, J. Sheridan, K. Hourigan, M. C. Thompson

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The stable attachment of a leading-edge vortex (LEV) is responsible for the high lift observed from insect wings. In experiments, we study the flow structure over a model wing mounted on a central body. The diameter of the central body and the change in Rossby number (Ro) due to placement of the wing root away from the centre can affect the flow structure. Normally, the LEV splits to form dual LEVs in a rotating wing, with the spanwise split location changing with Reynolds number. The results presented here show that the LEV structure is minimally affected by changes in the central body size for a wide range of body sizes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2016
PublisherAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781740523776
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 2016 - The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20168 Dec 2016
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleAFMC 2016

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