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Wind and Structures
  Volume 34, Number 4, April 2022 , pages 385-394

Effect of stall delay characteristics of symmetrical aerofoil using lateral circular ridges
V.S. Raatan, S. Ramaswami, S. Mano and S. Nadaraja Pillai

    Global Warming has been driven majorly by the consumption of fossil fuels. Harnessing energy from wind is viable solution towards reducing carbon footprint created due to burning such fuels, However, wind turbines have their problems of flow separation and aerodynamic stall to tackle with. In an attempt to delay the stall angle and improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the NACA 0015 symmetrical aerofoil, lateral cylindrical ridges were attached to its suction surface, at chord positions ranging from 0.1c to 0.5c. The characteristics of the original and ridged aerofoils were obtained using simultaneous pressure readings taken in a wind tunnel, at a free stream Reynolds number of Re= 2.81 x 105 for a wide range of free stream angles of attack ranging from -45° to 45° . Depending on the ridge size, a delay in stall angle varying from 5° to 20∘ was achieved together with the maximum increase in lift in the post-stall phases. Additionally, efforts were made to identify the optimum position for each ridge.
Key Words
    cylindrical/circular ridges; flow separation; separation bubble
V.S. Raatan, S. Ramaswami, S. Mano and S. Nadaraja Pillai: Turbulence and Flow Control Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur 613401, India

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