This post is about a 2D NACA 0010 aerofoil undergoing various forms of forced kinematics i.e. pure heaving and pitching and a combination of two known as flapping.
Heaving motion is achieved by changing the angle of attack on the aerofoil based on the Eqn. 1.
αe = arctan[2*π*Sta*cos(2*π*fh*t)] + αi Eqn. 1
The pitching motion is achieved by employing the sliding mesh with the rotational velocity governed by Eqn. 2.
ω = 2*π*fh*ϑ*cos(2*π*fh*t) Eqn. 2
w.r.t. Eqn. 1-2 αe is the effective angle of attack, Sta is Strouhal number (defined as (fh*h0/U∞)), fh is the frequency of oscillations, while ω, t and ϑ represent rotational velocity, instantaneous time and pitching angle. h0 is the heaving amplitude and U∞ is the free stream velocity.
The flapping motion is achieved by a combination of the heaving and pitching. In this particular simulation, the aerofoil is in the power extraction mode, meaning the feathering parameter χ is greater in magnitude than 1.0. Feathering parameter is defined by Eqn. 3.
χ = ϑ/arctan(h0*2*π*fh/U∞) Eqn. 3
The boundary conditions employed for the set of simulations are at Re 50,000, Sta 0.0149, h0 = aerofoil chord length, χ = 1.1 and fh = 0.5 Hz. The animation of the velocity contours superimposed with streamlines is shown in Fig. 1. The velocity scale ranges from 0 to 7 m/s. Pressure distribution (shall be added later) around the aerofoils in various forms of motion, after five complete cycles is shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 1, Flow animation, fluid flow direction is from left to right
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