An experimental investigational study into a dynamically pitching s809 airfoil at a Reynolds number of 220,000 was conducted. Particle Image Velocimetry was employed to visualize and quantify the flow field around the airfoil. This investigation compares a 2-D configuration with 3-D configuration (i.e., a finite span blade). The difference in the flow field between these two configurations is explored, as the vibrations present in the 3-D configuration (due to the dynamic stall) may contribute to a different apparent flow field than classical results would suggest. In addition, a comparison between lift and drag coefficients, measured on the 2-D and 3-D configurations, is explored, demonstrating how time varying lift and drag forces oscillate at characteristic frequencies associated with the primary vibrational modes of the model. In addition, flow control is applied through the actuation of an array of synthetic jets located near the leading edge of the model, in order to effect changes in the flow field around the model, demonstrating how dynamic stall can be delayed or eliminated during dynamic conditions.
66th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Pittsburg, PA, November 24-26, 2013