Experimental and numerical study of turbulent flow around a Fanwings profile
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The main objective of this paper is an experimental and numerical study of airflow on a propulsive wing also called ventilated wing or FANWING, which is a drone operating at low speed. To optimize the aerodynamic shape of the Fanwing, two different configurations of NACA4415 rectangular wing profile were realized. The first one is a wing where the Cross-Flow Fan is fitted directly to the leading edge with a classic niche. For the second one, we truncated the extension of the niche to create a profile without nose. Two flow velocities with constant fan rotation were used and observed in the range of 16°<<+30°. A lift coefficient generated by the profiles increases and the drag coefficient decreases, while the distribution of the pressure coefficient on the upper surface increases abruptly because of the flow recirculation. The experiment was performed in a subsonic wind tunnel TE44 and numerical simulations in software Fluent 18.104.22.168. Both approaches are in good agreement. The visualization showed that the recirculation phenomenon occurs right after the discharge of the cross-flow fan. It reveals that the jet coming out of the fan causes a strong wake behind the profile and suppresses the boundary layer separation.
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SourceEngineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics. 2019, vol. 13, issue 1, p. 698-712.