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1

Review of Idealized Aircraft Wake Vortex Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Properties of three aircraft wake vortex models, Lamb-Oseen, Burnham-Hallock, and Proctor are reviewed. These idealized models are often used to initialize the aircraft wake vortex pair in large eddy simulations and in wake encounter hazard models, as well as to define matched filters for processing lidar observations of aircraft wake vortices. Basic parameters for each vortex model, such as peak tangential velocity and circulation strength as a function of vortex core radius size, are examined. The models are also compared using different vortex characterizations, such as the vorticity magnitude. Results of Euler and large eddy simulations are presented. The application of vortex models in the postprocessing of lidar observations is discussed.

Ahmad, Nashat N.; Proctor, Fred H.; Duparcmeur, Fanny M. Limon; Jacob, Don

2014-01-01

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Updated Results for the Wake Vortex Inverse Model  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

NorthWest Research Associates (NWRA) has developed an Inverse Model for inverting aircraft wake vortex data. The objective of the inverse modeling is to obtain estimates of the vortex circulation decay and crosswind vertical profiles, using time history measurements of the lateral and vertical position of aircraft vortices. The Inverse Model performs iterative forward model runs using estimates of vortex parameters, vertical crosswind profiles, and vortex circulation as a function of wake age. Iterations are performed until a user-defined criterion is satisfied. Outputs from an Inverse Model run are the best estimates of the time history of the vortex circulation derived from the observed data, the vertical crosswind profile, and several vortex parameters. The forward model, named SHRAPA, used in this inverse modeling is a modified version of the Shear-APA model, and it is described in Section 2 of this document. Details of the Inverse Model are presented in Section 3. The Inverse Model was applied to lidar-observed vortex data at three airports: FAA acquired data from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Denver International Airport (DEN), and NASA acquired data from Memphis International Airport (MEM). The results are compared with observed data. This Inverse Model validation is documented in Section 4. A summary is given in Section 5. A user's guide for the inverse wake vortex model is presented in a separate NorthWest Research Associates technical report (Lai and Delisi, 2007a).

Robins, Robert E.; Lai, David Y.; Delisi, Donald P.; Mellman, George R.

2008-01-01

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NASA wake vortex research  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

NASA is conducting research that will enable safe improvements in the capacity of the nation's air transportation system. The wake-vortex hazard is a factor in establishing the minimum safe spacing between aircraft during landing and takeoff operations and, thus, impacts airport capacity. The ability to accurately model the wake hazard and determine safe separation distances for a wide range of aircraft and operational scenarios may provide the basis for significant increases in airport capacity. Current and planned NASA research is described which is focused on increasing airport capacity by safely reducing wake-hazard-imposed aircraft separations through advances in a number of technologies including vortex motion and decay prediction, vortex encounter modeling, wake-vortex hazard characterization, and in situ flow sensing.

Stough, H. P., III; Greene, George C.; Stewart, Eric C.; Stuever, Robert A.; Jordan, Frank L., Jr.; Rivers, Robert A.; Vicroy, Dan D.

1993-01-01

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Wake Vortex Minimization  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A status report is presented on research directed at reducing the vortex disturbances of aircraft wakes. The objective of such a reduction is to minimize the hazard to smaller aircraft that might encounter these wakes. Inviscid modeling was used to study trailing vortices and viscous effects were investigated. Laser velocimeters were utilized in the measurement of aircraft wakes. Flight and wind tunnel tests were performed on scale and full model scale aircraft of various design. Parameters investigated included the effect of wing span, wing flaps, spoilers, splines and engine thrust on vortex attenuation. Results indicate that vortives may be alleviated through aerodynamic means.

1977-01-01

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Unsteady Free-Wake Vortex Particle Model for HAWT  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the design of horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) one problem is to determine the aeroelastic behaviour of the rotor blades for the various wind inflow conditions. A step in this process is to predict with accuracy the aerodynamic loads on the blades. The Vortex Lattice Method (VLM) provides a transparent investigation concerning the role of various physical parameters which influence the aerodynamic problem. In this paper we present a method for the calculation of the non-uniform induced downwash of a HAWT rotor using the vortex ring model for the lifting surface coupled with an unsteady free-wake vortex particle model. Comparative studies between results obtained with different models of wake for a generic HAWT are presented.

Bogateanu, R.; Frunzulic?, F.; Cardos, V.

2010-09-01

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Modeling of Wake-vortex Aircraft Encounters. Appendix B  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

There are more people passing through the world's airports today than at any other time in history. With this increase in civil transport, airports are becoming capacity limited. In order to increase capacity and thus meet the demands of the flying public, the number of runways and number of flights per runway must be increased. In response to the demand, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airport operators, and the airline industry are taking steps to increase airport capacity without jeopardizing safety. Increasing the production per runway increases the likelihood that an aircraft will encounter the trailing wake-vortex of another aircraft. The hazard of a wake-vortex encounter is that heavy load aircraft can produce high intensity wake turbulence, through the development of its wing-tip vortices. A smaller aircraft following in the wake of the heavy load aircraft will experience redistribution of its aerodynamic load. This creates a safety hazard for the smaller aircraft. Understanding this load redistribution is of great importance, particularly during landing and take-off. In this research wake-vortex effects on an encountering 10% scale model of the B737-100 aircraft are modeled using both strip theory and vortex-lattice modeling methods. The models are then compared to wind tunnel data that was taken in the 30ft x 60ft wind tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). Comparisons are made to determine if the models will have acceptable accuracy when parts of the geometry are removed, such as the horizontal stabilizer and the vertical tail. A sensitivity analysis was also performed to observe how accurately the models could match the experimental data if there was a 10% error in the circulation strength. It was determined that both models show accurate results when the wing, horizontal stabilizer, and vertical tail were a part of the geometry. When the horizontal stabilizer and vertical tail were removed there were difficulties modeling the sideforce coefficient and pitching moment. With the removal of only the vertical tail unacceptable errors occurred when modeling the sideforce coefficient and yawing moment. Lift could not be modeled with either the full geometry or the reduced geometry attempts.

Smith, Sonya T.

1999-01-01

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Model Validation of Wake-Vortex/Aircraft Encounters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Wake-vortex effects on an 10% scale model of the B737-100 aircraft are calculated using both strip theory and vortex-lattice methods. The results are then compared to data taken in the 30ft x 60ft wind tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The accuracy of the models for a reduced geometry, such with the horizontal stabilizer and the vertical tail removed, is also investigated. Using a 10% error in the circulation strength and comparing the model's results with the experiment illustrates the sensitivity of the models to the vortex circulation strength. It was determined that both strip theory and the vortex lattice method give accurate results when all the geometrical information is used. When the horizontal stabilizer and vertical tail were removed there were difficulties modeling the sideforce coefficient and pitching moment. With the removal of only the vertical tail unacceptable errors occurred when modeling the sideforce coefficient and yawing moment. Lift could not be accurately modeled with either the full geometry or the reduced geometry.

Pete, Kimberly R.; Vicroy, Dan D.; Smith, Sonya T.

2000-01-01

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The LaRC Wake Vortex Modelling Effort  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The purpose of the modelling effort at NASA Langley, including goals, is outlined in this presentation. Included, is a description of the numerical model that is used for the NASA wake vortex modeling effort and the approach that is taken in order to achieve the stated goals. Also shown are: 1) a demonstration of using the model in a fog environment; 2) preliminary results from a 3-D simulation in a nonturbulent and thermally-stable environment with comparison to a comparable 2-D simulation of the same event; and 3) several validation cases from the Idaho-Falls and Memphis field studies where results from the 2-D version of the model are compared with Lidar and tower data.

Proctor, Fred

1997-01-01

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Wake vortex technology  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A brief overview of the highlights of NASA's wake vortex minimization program is presented. The significant results of this program are summarized as follows: (1) it is technically feasible to reduce significantly the rolling upset created on a trailing aircraft; (2) the basic principles or methods by which reduction in the vortex strength can be achieved have been identified; and (3) an analytical capability for investigating aircraft vortex wakes has been developed.

Dunham, R. E., Jr.; Barber, M. R.; Croom, D. R.

1978-01-01

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A dynamic prescribed vortex wake model for the FAST\\/AeroDyn wind energy conversion simulation code  

Microsoft Academic Search

A Dynamic Prescribed Vortex Wake model for analysis of horizontal axis wind turbines has been developed. This model extends the HAWTDAWG steady state prescribed wake code to dynamic flows. This extension assumes wake vortices follow prescription functions valid at the time each vortex is generated. This allows modeling of dynamic wake effects known to exist. This assumption is supported through

Hugh D. Currin

2007-01-01

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Evaluation of Fast-Time Wake Vortex Prediction Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Current fast-time wake models are reviewed and three basic types are defined. Predictions from several of the fast-time models are compared. Previous statistical evaluations of the APA-Sarpkaya and D2P fast-time models are discussed. Root Mean Square errors between fast-time model predictions and Lidar wake measurements are examined for a 24 hr period at Denver International Airport. Shortcomings in current methodology for evaluating wake errors are also discussed.

Proctor, Fred H.; Hamilton, David W.

2009-01-01

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The vortex wake of a 'hovering' model hawkmoth  

PubMed Central

Visualization experiments with Manduca sexta have revealed the presence of a leading-edge vortex and a highly three-dimensional flow pattern. To further investigate this important discovery, a scaled-up robotic insect was built (the 'flapper') which could mimic the complex movements of the wings of a hovering hawkmoth. Smoke released from the leading edge of the flapper wing revealed a small but strong leading-edge vortex on the downstroke. This vortex had a high axial flow velocity and was stable, separating from the wing at approximately 75 per cent of the wing length. It connected to a large, tangled tip vortex, extending back to a combining stopping and starting vortex from pronation. At the end of the downstroke, the wake could be approximated as one vortex ring per wing. Based on the size and velocity of the vortex rings, the mean lift force during the downstroke was estimated to be about 1.5 times the body weight of a hawkmoth, confirming that the downstroke is the main provider of lift force.

Berg, C. van den; Ellington, C. P.

1997-01-01

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Development of a time-accurate viscous Lagrangian vortex wake model for wind turbine applications  

Microsoft Academic Search

A second-order accurate model has been developed and validated for modeling the unsteady aerodynamics of a wind turbine. The free-vortex wake method consists of the Lagrangian description of the rotor flow field and viscous effects were incorporated using a viscous splitting approach. The wake geometry solution was then integrated with the rotor aerodynamics model in a consistent manner. The analysis

Sandeep Gupta

2006-01-01

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The NASA-Langley Wake Vortex Modelling Effort in Support of an Operational Aircraft Spacing System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Two numerical modelling efforts, one using a large eddy simulation model and the other a numerical weather prediction model, are underway in support of NASA's Terminal Area Productivity program. The large-eddy simulation model (LES) has a meteorological framework and permits the interaction of wake vortices with environments characterized by crosswind shear, stratification, humidity, and atmospheric turbulence. Results from the numerical simulations are being used to assist in the development of algorithms for an operational wake-vortex aircraft spacing system. A mesoscale weather forecast model is being adapted for providing operational forecast of winds, temperature, and turbulence parameters to be used in the terminal area. This paper describes the goals and modelling approach, as well as achievements obtained to date. Simulation results will be presented from the LES model for both two and three dimensions. The 2-D model is found to be generally valid for studying wake vortex transport, while the 3-D approach is necessary for realistic treatment of decay via interaction of wake vortices and atmospheric boundary layer turbulence. Meteorology is shown to have an important affect on vortex transport and decay. Presented are results showing that wake vortex transport is unaffected by uniform fog or rain, but wake vortex transport can be strongly affected by nonlinear vertical change in the ambient crosswind. Both simulation and observations show that atmospheric vortices decay from the outside with minimal expansion of the core. Vortex decay and the onset three-dimensional instabilities are found to be enhanced by the presence of ambient turbulence.

Proctor, Fred H.

1998-01-01

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Point vortex model for asymmetric inviscid wakes past bluff bodies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Wakes past bluff bodies are modeled by means of point vortices standing in equilibrium. The consistency of the adopted model is discussed with respect to the asymptotic model proposed by Batchelor. It is shown that, in general, when symmetry is broken, the wake configuration may be neither closed, as for the Batchelor model, nor open, as for the Kirchhoff model. The proposed model has three degrees of freedom, which reduce to one when the locations of separation are prescribed. A further condition has been established for the closure of the wake which reduces the degrees of freedom to zero as for the asymptotic Batchelor model. The existence of multiple solutions, suggestive for real world phenomena, is discussed.

Elcrat, A.; Ferlauto, M.; Zannetti, L.

2014-06-01

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Atmospheric-wake vortex interactions  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The interactions of a vortex wake with a turbulent stratified atmosphere are investigated with the computer code WAKE. It is shown that atmospheric shear, turbulence, and stratification can provide the dominant mechanisms by which vortex wakes decay. Computations included the interaction of a vortex wake with a viscous ground plane. The observed phenomenon of vortex bounce is explained in terms of secondary vorticity produced on the ground. This vorticity is swept off the ground and advected about the vortex pair, thereby altering the classic hyperbolic trajectory. The phenomenon of the solitary vortex is explained as an interaction of a vortex with crosswind shear. Here, the vortex having the sign opposite that of the sign of the vorticity in the shear is dispersed by a convective instability. This instability results in the rapid production of turbulence which in turn disperses the smoke marking the vortex.

Bilanin, A. J.; Hirsh, J. E.; Teske, M. E.; Hecht, A. M.

1978-01-01

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Vortex interactions in multiple vortex wakes behind aircraft  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A flow visualization technique has been developed which allows the nature of lift-generated wakes behind aircraft models to be investigated. Several different configurations of a 0.61-m span model of a Boeing 747-type transport aircraft were tested to allow observation of typical vortex interactions and merging in multiple vortex wakes. The vortices were identified by emitting tracer dyes from selected locations on the model. Wing span loading and model attitude were found to effect both vortex motions within the wake and resulting far-field wake velocity. Landing gear deployment caused a far-field reformation of vorticity behind a model configuration which dissipated concentrated vorticity in the near-field wake. A modified landing configuration was developed which appeared to significantly alleviate the concentrated wake vorticity.

Ciffone, D. L.

1976-01-01

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Exploration of the Relationship Between Wake Vortex Parameters and Thrust Force on Oscillating Airfoils Using a Vortex Array Model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recently, we demonstrated the ability of a simple model, based on an array of finite-core Gaussian vortices, to accurately reproduce the unsteady velocity field in the wake of, and drag/thrust force acting on harmonically/non-harmonically pitching airfoils. In the present work, this model is employed to explore how the thrust force varies with wake vortex parameters; i.e. circulation, core radius and streamwise/cross-flow spacing of the vortices. Insight from this investigation will be helpful to draw links between trailing-edge flexibility and the detailed process of generation of wake vortices. Such links may have the potential for providing a path towards a rational, yet efficient, approach for tailoring trailing-edge flexibility to obtain desirable force characteristics for flapping-wings Micro Air Vehicles.

Naguib, Ahmed; Koochesfahani, Manoochehr

2011-11-01

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Wake Vortex Prediction Models for Decay and Transport Within Stratified Environments  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper proposes two simple models to predict vortex transport and decay. The models are determined empirically from results of three-dimensional large eddy simulations, and are applicable to wake vortices out of ground effect and not subjected to environmental winds. The results, from the large eddy simulations assume a range of ambient turbulence and stratification levels. The models and the results from the large eddy simulations support the hypothesis that the decay of the vortex hazard is decoupled from its change in descent rate.

Switzer, George F.; Proctor, Fred H.

2002-01-01

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Numerical Modeling Studies of Wake Vortex Transport and Evolution Within the Planetary Boundary Layer  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In support of the wake vortex effect of the Terminal Area Productivity program, we have put forward four tasks to be accomplished in our proposal. The first task is validation of two-dimensional wake vortex-turbulence interaction. The second task is investigation of three-dimensional interaction between wake vortices and atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) turbulence. The third task is ABL studies. The, fourth task is addition of a Klemp-Durran condition at the top boundary for TASS model. The accomplishment of these tasks will increase our understanding of the dynamics of wake vortex and improve forecasting systems responsible for air safety and efficiency. The first two tasks include following three parts: (a) Determine significant length scale for vortex decay and transport, especially the length scales associated with the onset of Crow instability (Crow, 1970); (b) Study the effects of atmospheric turbulence on the decay of the wake vortices; and (c) Determine the relationships between decay rate, transport properties and atmospheric parameters based on large eddy simulation (LES) results and the observational data. These parameters may include turbulence kinetic energy, dissipation rate, wind shear and atmospheric stratification. The ABL studies cover LES modeling of turbulence structure within planetary boundary layer under transition and stable stratification conditions. Evidences have shown that the turbulence in the stable boundary layer can be highly intermittent and the length scales of eddies are very small compared to those in convective case. We proposed to develop a nesting grid mesh scheme and a modified Klemp-Durran conditions (Klemp and Wilhelmson, 1978) at the top boundary for TASS model to simulate planetary boundary layer under stable stratification conditions. During the past year, our group has made great efforts to carry out the above mentioned four tasks simultaneously. The work accomplished in the last year will be described in the next section.

Lin, Yuh-Lang; Arya, S. Pal; Kaplan, Michael L.; Shen, Shaohua

1998-01-01

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Numerical Modeling Studies of Wake Vortex Transport and Evolution Within the Planetary Boundary Layer  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The fundamental objective of this research is study behavior of aircraft wake vortices within atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) in support of developing the system, Aircraft VOrtex Spacing System (AVOSS), under NASA's Terminal Area Productivity (TAR) program that will control aircraft spacing within the narrow approach corridors of airports. The purpose of the AVOSS system is to increase airport capacity by providing a safe reduction in separation of aircraft compared to the now-existing flight rules. In our first funding period (7 January 19994 - 6 April 1997), we have accomplished extensive model development and validation of ABL simulations. Using the validated model, in our second funding period (7 April 1997 - 6 April 2000) we have investigated the effects of ambient atmospheric turbulence on vortex decay and descent, Crow instability, and wake vortex interaction with the ground. Recognizing the crucial influence of ABL turbulence on wake vortex behavior, we have also developed a software generating vertical profiles of turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) or energy dissipation rate (EDR), which are, in turn, used as input data in the AVOSS prediction algorithms.

Lin, Yuh-Lang; Arya, S. Pal; Kaplan, Michael L.; Han, Jongil

2000-01-01

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Cooperative wake vortex instabilities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Reported herein are results concerning a class of three-dimensional instabilities occurring between nearly parallel wake vortices. The problem was studied experimentally, theoretically, and numerically. The experimental data were taken of pairs of co-rotating vortices produced behind a wing in a towing tank. Particle imaging velocimetry and flow visualization revealed the growth of a sinuous disturbance along the axis of each of the vortices in a pair, followed soon thereafter by merger of the two. A linear instability analysis explains the basic mechanisms responsible for the initial growth of the disturbance. This theory also explains a related instability for the case of a counter-rotating pair. The analysis reveals that planar disturbances on one vortex tend to grow along the extensional axis of the straining field imposed by the other vortex. However, self- and orbit-induced effects tend to prevent instability by rotating the plane of the perturbation through the straining field. For instability, the rotational effects must act in opposite directions. For displacement perturbations, this condition can only occur for a counter-rotating pair. A co-rotating pair, however, can be de-stabilized by shorter-wavelength "elliptic" modes, in which the core and periphery of the vortex are perturbed in opposite directions. A numerical study of the problem was undertaken using the cylindrical spectral Navier-Stokes solver of Matsushima and Marcus (1997). In addition to confirming the linear analysis for early growth of the instabilities, the code allowed for the computation of their long-term behavior. The growth of the elliptic instability allows the vortices to form bridges between each other, which eventually yields merger of the co-rotating pair. The displacement instability, acting on a counter-rotating pair, yields the ejection of large hoop-like structures, as was first seen experimentally by Ortega (2001). Thus, a picture emerges of a strain-induced instability which leads to merger of a co-rotating pair and the ejection of large-scale structures from a counter-rotating pair. The fact that this behavior occurs both in a simplified numerical geometry and in actual airfoil wakes suggests that it is relatively robust, and may apply to other flows involving nearly parallel vortices.

Bristol, Robert Lindsey

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A dynamic prescribed vortex wake model for the FAST/AeroDyn wind energy conversion simulation code  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A Dynamic Prescribed Vortex Wake model for analysis of horizontal axis wind turbines has been developed. This model extends the HAWTDAWG steady state prescribed wake code to dynamic flows. This extension assumes wake vortices follow prescription functions valid at the time each vortex is generated. This allows modeling of dynamic wake effects known to exist. This assumption is supported through analysis and comparison to UAE Phase VI test data. The new Dynamic Prescribed Vortex Wake model is built into AeroDyn as a third aerodynamic model and uses the FAST structural dynamic model. It implements the wind models and dynamic stall model in AeroDyn. FAST structural degrees of freedom are implemented. Comparisons are made to UAE Phase VI wind tunnel data, and to the other two AeroDyn models, Blade Element Momentum and Generalized Dynamic Wake. Both steady, to verify the base model, and dynamic, to validate the extension to dynamic flow, conditions are considered. Both axial and yawed flow are analyzed. Dynamic UAE test data analyzed include rapid pitch, Sequence Q, and yaw release, Sequence E. The Dynamic Prescribed Wake model compares favorably to test data and to other AeroDyn models. Small rapid dynamic response is noted in each model and the test data. The new Dynamic Prescribed Vortex Wake model shows promise. Release of the code for experimental use and further validation is recommended.

Currin, Hugh D.

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Comparisons of Crosswind Velocity Profile Estimates Used in Fast-Time Wake Vortex Prediction Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Five methods for estimating crosswind profiles used in fast-time wake vortex prediction models are compared in this study. Previous investigations have shown that temporal and spatial variations in the crosswind vertical profile have a large impact on the transport and time evolution of the trailing vortex pair. The most important crosswind parameters are the magnitude of the crosswind and the gradient in the crosswind shear. It is known that pulsed and continuous wave lidar measurements can provide good estimates of the wind profile in the vicinity of airports. In this study comparisons are made between estimates of the crosswind profiles from a priori information on the trajectory of the vortex pair as well as crosswind profiles derived from different sensors and a regional numerical weather prediction model.

Pruis, Mathew J.; Delisi, Donald P.; Ahmad, Nashat N.

2011-01-01

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Modeling von Karman vortex shedding in cylinder wake to examine energetic coherent motions on hydrokinetic turbines  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerous investigators have examined vortex-shedding in the wake of cylinders. This is a classical flow problem that has many engineering applications, including pronounced flow disturbance, turbulence generation, and sediment scour in the wakes of in stream structures, e.g. bridge piers and towers for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) turbines. It is also important to understand the contribution of large coherent motions on the unsteady loading and performance of hydrokinetic turbines. Unsteady vortex shedding is caused by flow separation and detachment within the near-wall region along the cylinder surface. Our aim is to examine the unsteady flow field and von Karman vortex shedding resulting from unsteady turbulent flow around an emergent cylinder mounted perpendicular to a fixed surface by conducting physical and numerical modeling experiments. The numerical simulation emulates an open-channel flow experiment at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, where instantaneous velocity was measured using three synchronized acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADVs). The open-channel flume is 80 m long, and 2.75 m wide. The flow depth is 1.15 m. The cylinder diameter is 0.116 m. The flow is turbulent, with a cylinder Reynolds number equal to 5.44E4. We use the commercial CFD software, STAR-CCM+, to generate the computational mesh that models the flow geometry around the cylinder, and to numerically solve the unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) equations. The generated mesh is fine enough (> 2 million elements) to resolve the coherent structures of vortex shedding. The Frost high-performance cluster (an ORNL supercomputer) is used to run the simulation. The results show how a validated CFD model can be used to design the layout and spacing of synchronized ADV point measurements to characterize essential features of the Karman shedding in the cylinder wake. A similar approach can be used to design field ADV arrays for measuring more complex vortex shedding, e.g. the tip vortices, occurring in the wakes of MHK turbine rotors.; Numerical simulation of Karman shedding in the wake of cylinder (diameter 0.116 m, Reynolds number, 5.44E4).

Neary, V. S.; Gunawan, B.; Chamorro, L. P.; Stekovic, S.; Hill, C.

2012-12-01

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Wake vortex modeling for airborne and ground-based measurements using a coherent lidar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Simulated signatures of aircraft wakes as detected by a scanning coherent short wavelength lidar are presented and characterized for a number of candidate surveillance scenarios. Ground based and airborne scanning configurations that emulate candidate operational detection and warning systems are compared for spatial coverage and detection capability as a function of system design parameters and atmospheric conditions. Examples of trailing geometries characteristic of onboard wake detection and warning systems are presented. The dependence of predicted detection capability on hydrodynamic parameters, such as vortex circulation, axial motion in the wake vortices, and ambient turbulence is discussed. Simulated wake signatures are compared to observations for wakes observed at Denver's Stapleton International Airport in 1993.

Thomson, J. Alex L.; Hannon, Stephen M.

1995-06-01

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Three-Phased Wake Vortex Decay  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A detailed parametric study is conducted that examines vortex decay within turbulent and stratified atmospheres. The study uses a large eddy simulation model to simulate the out-of-ground effect behavior of wake vortices due to their interaction with atmospheric turbulence and thermal stratification. This paper presents results from a parametric investigation and suggests improvements for existing fast-time wake prediction models. This paper also describes a three-phased decay for wake vortices. The third phase is characterized by a relatively slow rate of circulation decay, and is associated with the ringvortex stage that occurs following vortex linking. The three-phased decay is most prevalent for wakes imbedded within environments having low-turbulence and near-neutral stratification.

Proctor, Fred H.; Ahmad, Nashat N.; Switzer, George S.; LimonDuparcmeur, Fanny M.

2010-01-01

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Development of a time-accurate viscous Lagrangian vortex wake model for wind turbine applications  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A second-order accurate model has been developed and validated for modeling the unsteady aerodynamics of a wind turbine. The free-vortex wake method consists of the Lagrangian description of the rotor flow field and viscous effects were incorporated using a viscous splitting approach. The wake geometry solution was then integrated with the rotor aerodynamics model in a consistent manner. The analysis was then used to predict the performance and airloads on a wind turbine in the upwind configuration under unyawed and yawed flow conditions. The present work has demonstrated the versatility and robustness of the free-vortex wake method for wind turbine applications. The understanding of the accuracy and the stability of the numerical method is very important in developing robust wake methodology. The accuracy of the straight-line segmentation method has been examined for a vortex ring and helical vortex, and it has been shown to be second-order accurate. However, a minimum discretization of ten degrees is shown to be required to obtain second-order accuracy and also keep the maximum error in the induced velocity field less than 10%. Linear and nonlinear numerical stability of various time-marching schemes were also examined, and a two-step backward differencing scheme was chosen. The overall numerical solution was demonstrated to converge with a second-order accuracy. The nonlinear unsteady aerodynamics of the blade section was modeled using the Leishman-Beddoes dynamic stall model modified for wind turbine applications. The numerical simulations captured the dynamics of the unsteady flow over the airfoil surface for both attached and stalled flow conditions. Validation of the numerical predictions of the aerodynamic force coefficients against measurements obtained for the S809 airfoil showed overall good agreement. It has been shown that with a proper representation of the static stall characteristics, this model can be used to predict dynamic stall for airfoil sections typical of those used for wind turbine applications. The unsteady airfoil model coupled with the blade model also adequately represented the three-dimensionality of the unsteady flow field for a parked blade, under both steady and unsteady flow conditions. The wake geometry solution integrated with the blade model was then used to predict the performance and airloads for a wind turbine tested under controlled conditions. It has been shown that it is important to accurately predict the transient wake aerodynamics to obtain accurate estimates of the unsteady airloads and power output. The skewed wake geometry behind an upwind wind turbine was successfully predicted in yawed flow conditions over a range of yaw angles and tip speed ratios. Measurements from the Phase VI of the NREL/NASA Ames wind tunnel test were used for validating the predictions of performance and airloads. The variation of the turbine thrust and the aerodynamic power output with wind speed was adequately predicted. Spanwise distributions of the aerodynamic coefficients were represented well, and encouraging agreement was obtained against the measured coefficients. The azimuthal variation of loads showed that the unsteady aerodynamic behavior of the wind turbine was adequately represented, with some exceptions.

Gupta, Sandeep

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How to perform measurements in a hovering animal's wake: physical modelling of the vortex wake of the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta.  

PubMed Central

The vortex wake structure of the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, was investigated using a vortex ring generator. Based on existing kinematic and morphological data, a piston and tube apparatus was constructed to produce circular vortex rings with the same size and disc loading as a hovering hawkmoth. Results show that the artificial rings were initially laminar, but developed turbulence owing to azimuthal wave instability. The initial impulse and circulation were accurately estimated for laminar rings using particle image velocimetry; after the transition to turbulence, initial circulation was generally underestimated. The underestimate for turbulent rings can be corrected if the transition time and velocity profile are accurately known, but this correction will not be feasible for experiments on real animals. It is therefore crucial that the circulation and impulse be estimated while the wake vortices are still laminar. The scaling of the ring Reynolds number suggests that flying animals of about the size of hawkmoths may be the largest animals whose wakes stay laminar for long enough to perform such measurements during hovering. Thus, at low advance ratios, they may be the largest animals for which wake circulation and impulse can be accurately measured.

Tytell, Eric D; Ellington, Charles P

2003-01-01

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How to perform measurements in a hovering animal's wake: physical modelling of the vortex wake of the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta.  

PubMed

The vortex wake structure of the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, was investigated using a vortex ring generator. Based on existing kinematic and morphological data, a piston and tube apparatus was constructed to produce circular vortex rings with the same size and disc loading as a hovering hawkmoth. Results show that the artificial rings were initially laminar, but developed turbulence owing to azimuthal wave instability. The initial impulse and circulation were accurately estimated for laminar rings using particle image velocimetry; after the transition to turbulence, initial circulation was generally underestimated. The underestimate for turbulent rings can be corrected if the transition time and velocity profile are accurately known, but this correction will not be feasible for experiments on real animals. It is therefore crucial that the circulation and impulse be estimated while the wake vortices are still laminar. The scaling of the ring Reynolds number suggests that flying animals of about the size of hawkmoths may be the largest animals whose wakes stay laminar for long enough to perform such measurements during hovering. Thus, at low advance ratios, they may be the largest animals for which wake circulation and impulse can be accurately measured. PMID:14561347

Tytell, Eric D; Ellington, Charles P

2003-09-29

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ASRS Reports on Wake Vortex Encounters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

ASRS is conducting a structured callback research project of wake vortex incidents reported to the ASRS at all US airports, as well as wake encounters in the enroute environment. This study has three objectives: (1) Utilize the established ASRS supplemental data collection methodology and provide ongoing analysis of wake vortex encounter reports; (2) Document event dynamics and contributing factors underlying wake vortex encounter events; and (3) Support ongoing FAA efforts to address pre-emptive wake vortex risk reduction by utilizing ASRS reporting contributions.

Connell, Linda J.; Taube, Elisa Ann; Drew, Charles Robert; Barclay, Tommy Earl

2010-01-01

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Wake Vortex Research in the USA (WakeNet-USA)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This viewgraph presentation reviews the cooperative work that FAA and NASA are engaged in to safely increase the capacity of the National Airspace System by studying the wake vortex operations. Wake vortex avoidance is a limiting factor in defining separation standards in the airport terminal area and could become a reducing separation standards in en route airspace.

Lang, Steve; Bryant, Wayne

2006-01-01

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NOWVIV - Nowcasting wake vortex impact variables  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A central task of the ongoing DLR project "Wirbelschleppe" (Wake Vortex) is to forecast meteorological quantities which influence the behaviour of wake vortices of landing aircraft. In the first place these are wind, temperature and turbulence, resp. the vertical shear thereof, which impact the lateral drift and turbulent decay of wake vortices. For this purpose the nowcasting system NOWVIV has been developed at DLR. It combines operational forecasts of the Lokal Modell (LM; Doms and Schaettler 1999) of the German weather service DWD with a high-resolution forecasting system. For the latter, the NOAA/FSL version of the mesoscale model MM5 (Grell et al. 2000) has been adapted to particular sites. Orography, land use, and soil type have been generated from available data sources for a 80 km square domain centered on a particular airport with a horizontal resolution of 2.1 km. As a good representation of the boundary layer is of particular importance for predicting wake vortex impact variables, the vertical spacing of model layers has been selected rather small throughout the lower model atmosphere, starting with 20 m at the ground and increasing to about 60 m at 2 km height. NOWVIV delivers vertical profiles of vortex impact variables, which are used by the wake prediction model ``P2P'' developed at DLR (Holzaepfel 2002) to predict wake vortex behaviour. During the two field campaigns ``WakeOP'' and ``WakeTOUL'' in April/May 2001 and May/June 2002 which aimed at measuring (by lidar) and predicting wake vortex behaviour of landing aircraft, NOWVIV has been run in an operational mode for the airports of Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) and Tarbes (France). A statistical evaluation of the NOWVIV forecasting performance during these campaigns achieved satisfactory results as compared to local measurements of wind and temperature from radio acoustic sounding instruments (Frech et al. 2002). However, there are uncertainties in the daily variation of the boundary layer. Also, the dependency of the forecast variables on the quality of the LM forecast is rather obvious. Therefore, NOWVIV will be extended with a data assimilation cycle where local data from bistatic wind radar and aircraft (AMDAR) are taken into account. This will force the model atmosphere more closely to reality and reduce the dependency on LM data. References Doms, G., and U. Schaettler, 1999: The nonhydrostatic Limited Area Model LM (Lokal Modell) of DWD. Part I: Scientific Documentation. Deutscher Wetterdienst, Offenbach Frech, M., and A. Tafferner, 2002: The Performance of the Model System NOWVIV during the field campaign WakeOP. Confer. on Aviation, Range and Aerospace Meteorology, 12-16 May 2002, Portland, Oregon, AMS, Boston, Proc. Vol., 216-219 Grell, G. A., S. Emeis, W. R. Stockwell, T. Schoenemeyer, R. Forkel, J. Michalakes, R. Knoche, and W. Seidl, 2000: Application of a multiscale, coupled MM5/chemistry model to the complex terrain of the VOTALP valley campaign. Atmos. Environm. , 34, 1435-1453 Holzaepfel F., 2002: A Probabilistic Two-Phase Wake Vortex Decay and Transport Model. Journal of Aircraft, in press.

Tafferner, A.; Birke, L.; Frech, M.

2003-04-01

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Interfacing comprehensive rotorcraft analysis with advanced aeromechanics and vortex wake models  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This dissertation describes three aspects of the comprehensive rotorcraft analysis. First, a physics-based methodology for the modeling of hydraulic devices within multibody-based comprehensive models of rotorcraft systems is developed. This newly proposed approach can predict the fully nonlinear behavior of hydraulic devices, and pressure levels in the hydraulic chambers are coupled with the dynamic response of the system. The proposed hydraulic device models are implemented in a multibody code and calibrated by comparing their predictions with test bench measurements for the UH-60 helicopter lead-lag damper. Predicted peak damping forces were found to be in good agreement with measurements, while the model did not predict the entire time history of damper force to the same level of accuracy. The proposed model evaluates relevant hydraulic quantities such as chamber pressures, orifice flow rates, and pressure relief valve displacements. This model could be used to design lead-lag dampers with desirable force and damping characteristics. The second part of this research is in the area of computational aeroelasticity, in which an interface between computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structural dynamics (CSD) is established. This interface enables data exchange between CFD and CSD with the goal of achieving accurate airloads predictions. In this work, a loose coupling approach based on the delta-airloads method is developed in a finite-element method based multibody dynamics formulation, DYMORE. To validate this aerodynamic interface, a CFD code, OVERFLOW-2, is loosely coupled with a CSD program, DYMORE, to compute the airloads of different flight conditions for Sikorsky UH-60 aircraft. This loose coupling approach has good convergence characteristics. The predicted airloads are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data, although not for all flight conditions. In addition, the tight coupling interface between the CFD program, OVERFLOW-2, and the CSD program, DYMORE, is also established. The ability to accurately capture the wake structure around a helicopter rotor is crucial for rotorcraft performance analysis. In the third part of this thesis, a new representation of the wake vortex structure based on Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline (NURBS) curves and surfaces is proposed to develop an efficient model for prescribed and free wakes. NURBS curves and surfaces are able to represent complex shapes with remarkably little data. The proposed formulation has the potential to reduce the computational cost associated with the use of Helmholtz's law and the Biot-Savart law when calculating the induced flow field around the rotor. An efficient free-wake analysis will considerably decrease the computational cost of comprehensive rotorcraft analysis, making the approach more attractive to routine use in industrial settings.

Liu, Haiying

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Vortex wake and exhaust plume interaction, including ground effect  

Microsoft Academic Search

Computational modeling and studies of the near-field wake-vortex turbulent flows, far-field turbulent wake- vortex\\/exhaust-plume interaction for subsonic and High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) airplane, and wake- vortex\\/exhaust-plume interaction with the ground are carried out. The three-dimensional, compressible Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations are solved using the implicit, upwind, Roe-flux-differencing, finite-volume scheme. The turbulence models of Baldwin and Lomax, one-equation model of

Ihab Gaber Adam

1998-01-01

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Aircraft control in wake vortex wind shear  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In the past, there have been a number of fatal incidents attributable to wake vortex encounters, involving both general aviation and commercial aircraft. In fact, the wake vortex hazard is considered to be the single dominant safety issue determining the aircraft spacing requirements at airports. As the amount of air traffic increases, the number of dangerous encounters is likely only to increase. It is therefore imperative that a means be found to reduce the danger. That is the purpose of this research: to use nonlinear inverse dynamic (NID) control methods in the design of an aircraft control system which can improve the safety margin in a wake vortex encounter.

Wold, Gregory R.

1995-01-01

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Wake Vortex Algorithm Scoring Results  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report compares the performance of two models of trailing vortex evolution for which interaction with the ground is not a significant factor. One model uses eddy dissipation rate (EDR) and the other uses the kinetic energy of turbulence fluctuations (TKE) to represent the effect of turbulence. In other respects, the models are nearly identical. The models are evaluated by comparing their predictions of circulation decay, vertical descent, and lateral transport to observations for over four hundred cases from Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airports. These observations were obtained during deployments in support of NASA's Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS). The results of the comparisons show that the EDR model usually performs slightly better than the TKE model.

Robins, R. E.; Delisi, D. P.; Hinton, David (Technical Monitor)

2002-01-01

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Feasibility of wake vortex monitoring systems for air terminals  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Wake vortex monitoring systems, especially those using laser Doppler sensors, were investigated. The initial phases of the effort involved talking with potential users (air traffic controllers, pilots, etc.) of a wake vortex monitoring system to determine system requirements from the user's viewpoint. These discussions involved the volumes of airspace to be monitored for vortices, and potential methods of using the monitored vortex data once the data are available. A subsequent task led to determining a suitable mathematical model of the vortex phenomena and developing a mathematical model of the laser Doppler sensor for monitoring the vortex flow field. The mathematical models were used in combination to help evaluate the capability of laser Doppler instrumentation in monitoring vortex flow fields both in the near vicinity of the sensor (within 1 kilometer and at long ranges(10 kilometers).

Wilson, D. J.; Shrider, K. R.; Lawrence, T. R.

1972-01-01

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Vortex wake and exhaust plume interaction, including ground effect  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Computational modeling and studies of the near-field wake-vortex turbulent flows, far-field turbulent wake- vortex/exhaust-plume interaction for subsonic and High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) airplane, and wake- vortex/exhaust-plume interaction with the ground are carried out. The three-dimensional, compressible Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations are solved using the implicit, upwind, Roe-flux-differencing, finite-volume scheme. The turbulence models of Baldwin and Lomax, one-equation model of Spalart and Allmaras and two-equation shear stress transport model of Menter are implemented with the RANS solver for turbulent-flow modeling. For the near-field study, computations are carried out on a fine grid for a rectangular wing with a NACA-0012 airfoil section and a rounded tip. The focus of study is the tip-vortex development, the near-wake-vortex roll-up, and validation of the results with the available experimental data. For the far-field study, the computations of wake-vortex interaction with the exhaust-plume of a single engine of a medium-size subsonic aircraft in a holding condition and two engines of a HSCT in a cruise condition are carried out using an overlapping zonal method for several miles downstream. The overlapping zonal method has been carefully developed and investigated for accurate and efficient calculations of the far-field wake-vortex flow. The results of the subsonic flow are compared with those of a Parabolized Navier-Stokes (PNS) solver known as the UNIWAKE code. Next, the problem of wake-vortex/ground interaction is investigated. For the simulation of this problem, typical velocity profiles of a tip vortex with and without the exhaust-plume temperature profiles are used for inflow boundary conditions and the computations are carried out using the overlapping zonal method for long distances downstream. The effects of the exhaust-plume temperature on the vortex descent, ground boundary-layer separation, vortex rebound and vortex decay are studied and validated with the available experimental data. A parametric study, which covers the effects of atmospheric conditions such as axial wind, crosswind, wind shear, turbulence and, Reynolds number on vortex motion and dynamics near the ground, is also carried out.

Adam, Ihab Gaber

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Vortex shedding in compressor blade wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The wakes of highly loaded axial compressor blades were often considered to be turbulent, unstructured flows. Recent work has suggested that the blade wakes are in fact dominated by a vortex street-like structure. The work on the wake structure at MIT is reviewed, the results of a viscous numerical simulation are presented, the blade wake vortices are compared to those shed from a cylinder, and the implications of the wake structure on compressor performance are discussed. In particular, a two-dimensional, time accurate, viscous calculation shows both a periodic wake structure and time variations in the passage shock strength. The numerical calculations are compared to laser anemometer and high frequency response probe data. The effect of the wake structure on the entropy production and apparent adiabatic efficiency of the compressor rotor is discussed.

Epstein, A. H.; Gertz, J. B.; Owen, P. R.; Giles, M. B.

1987-01-01

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Measurements and modeling of flow structure in the wake of a low profile wishbone vortex generator  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The results of an experimental examination of the vortex structures shed from a low profile 'wishbone' generator are presented. The vortex generator height relative to the turbulent boundary layer was varied by testing two differently sized models. Measurements of the mean three-dimensional velocity field were conducted in cross-stream planes downstream of the vortex generators. In all cases, a counter-rotating vortex pair was observed. Individual vortices were characterized by three descriptors derived from the velocity data; circulation, peak vorticity, and cross-stream location of peak vorticity. Measurements in the cross plane at two axial locations behind the smaller wishbone characterize the downstream development of the vortex pairs. A single region of stream wise velocity deficit is shared by both vortex cores. This is in contrast to conventional generators, where each core coincides with a region of velocity deficit. The measured cross-stream velocities for each case are compared to an Oseen model with matching descriptors. The best comparison occurs with the data from the larger wishbone.

Wendt, B. J.; Hingst, W. R.

1994-01-01

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An Operational Wake Vortex Sensor Using Pulsed Coherent Lidar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

NASA and FAA initiated a program in 1994 to develop methods of setting spacings for landing aircraft by incorporating information on the real-time behavior of aircraft wake vortices. The current wake separation standards were developed in the 1970's when there was relatively light airport traffic and a logical break point by which to categorize aircraft. Today's continuum of aircraft sizes and increased airport packing densities have created a need for re-evaluation of wake separation standards. The goals of this effort are to ensure that separation standards are adequate for safety and to reduce aircraft spacing for higher airport capacity. Of particular interest are the different requirements for landing under visual flight conditions and instrument flight conditions. Over the years, greater spacings have been established for instrument flight than are allowed for visual flight conditions. Preliminary studies indicate that the airline industry would save considerable money and incur fewer passenger delays if a dynamic spacing system could reduce separations at major hubs during inclement weather to the levels routinely achieved under visual flight conditions. The sensor described herein may become part of this dynamic spacing system known as the "Aircraft VOrtex Spacing System" (AVOSS) that will interface with a future air traffic control system. AVOSS will use vortex behavioral models and short-term weather prediction models in order to predict vortex behavior sufficiently into the future to allow dynamic separation standards to be generated. The wake vortex sensor will periodically provide data to validate AVOSS predictions. Feasibility of measuring wake vortices using a lidar was first demonstrated using a continuous wave (CW) system from NASA Marshall Space Flight Sensor and tested at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center's wake vortex test site at JFK International Airport. Other applications of CW lidar for wake vortex measurement have been made more recently, including a system developed by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. This lidar has been used for detailed measurements of wake vortex velocities in support of wake vortex model validation. The first measurements of wake vortices using a pulsed, lidar were made by Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI) using a 2 micron solid-state, flashlamp-pumped system operating at 5 Hz. This system was first deployed at Denver's Stapleton Airport. Pulsed lidar has been selected as the baseline technology for an operational sensor due to its longer range capability.

Barker, Ben C., Jr.; Koch, Grady J.; Nguyen, D. Chi

1998-01-01

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Analog Processing Assembly for the Wake Vortex Lidar Experiment  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA have initiated a joint study in the development of reliable means of tracking, detecting, measuring, and predicting trailing wake-vortices of commercial aircraft. Being sought is an accurate model of the wake-vortex hazard, sufficient to increase airport capacity by reducing minimum safe spacings between planes. Several means of measurement are being evaluated for application to wake-vortex detection and tracking, including Doppler RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) systems, 2-micron Doppler LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) systems, and SODAR (Sound Detection And Ranging) systems. Of specific interest there is the lidar system, which has demonstrated numerous valuable capabilities as a vortex sensor Aerosols entrained in the vortex flow make the wake velocity signature visible to the lidar, (the observable lidar signal is essentially a measurement of the line-of-sight velocity of the aerosols). Measurement of the occurrence of a wake vortex requires effective reception and monitoring of the beat signal which results from the frequency-offset between the transmitted pulse and the backscattered radiation. This paper discusses the mounting, analysis, troubleshooting, and possible use of an analog processing assembly designed for such an application.

Stowe, Edwood G.

1995-01-01

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Tip Vortex and Wake Characteristics of a Counterrotating Open Rotor  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

One of the primary noise sources for Open Rotor systems is the interaction of the forward rotor tip vortex and blade wake with the aft rotor. NASA has collaborated with General Electric on the testing of a new generation of low noise, counterrotating Open Rotor systems. Three-dimensional particle image velocimetry measurements were acquired in the intra-rotor gap of the Historical Baseline blade set. The velocity measurements are of sufficient resolution to characterize the tip vortex size and trajectory as well as the rotor wake decay and turbulence character. The tip clearance vortex trajectory is compared to results from previously developed models. Forward rotor wake velocity profiles are shown. Results are presented in a form as to assist numerical modeling of Open Rotor system aerodynamics and acoustics.

VanZante, Dale E.; Wernet, Mark P.

2012-01-01

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Wake Vortex Study at Wallops Island  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This page from the NASA Langley Research Center contains an image and description of a wake vortex created by the wing of a small propeller plane. The page explains how the image was made and how this research helps determine the spacing between airplanes approaching an airport.

2007-07-30

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Wake Vortex Transport in Proximity to the Ground  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A sensitivity study for aircraft wake vortex transport has been conducted using a validated large eddy simulation (LES) model. The study assumes neutrally stratified and nonturbulent environments and includes the consequences of the ground. The numerical results show that the nondimensional lateral transport is primarily influenced by the magnitude of the ambient crosswind and is insensitive to aircraft type. In most of the simulations, the ground effect extends the lateral position of the downwind vortex about one initial vortex spacing (b(sub o)) in the downstream direction. Further extension by as much as one b(sub o) occurs when the downwind vortex remains 'in ground effect' (IGE) for relatively long periods of time. Results also show that a layer-averaged ambient wind velocity can be used to bound the time for lateral transport of wake vortices to insure safe operations on a parallel runway.

Hamilton, David W.; Proctor, Fred H.

2000-01-01

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Perspective: Numerical simulation of wakes and blade-vortex interaction  

SciTech Connect

A method for simulating incompressible flows past airfoils and their wakes is described. Vorticity panels are used to represent the body, and vortex blobs (vortex points with their singularities removed) are used to represent the wake. The procedure can be applied to the simulation of completely attached flow past an oscillating airfoil. The rate at which vorticity is shed from the trailing edge of the airfoil into the wake is determined by simultaneously requiring the pressure along the upper and lower surface streamlines to approach the same value at the trailing edge and the circulation around both the airfoil and its wake to remain constant. The motion of the airfoils is discretized, and a vortex is shed from the trailing edge at each time step. The vortices are convected at the local velocity of fluid particles, a procedure that renders the pressure continuous in an inviscid fluid. When the vortices in the wake begin to separate they are split into more vortices, and when they begin to collect they are combined. The numerical simulation reveals that the wake, which is originally smooth, eventually coils, or wraps, around itself, primarily under the influence of the velocity it induces on itself, and forms regions of relatively concentrated vorticity. Although discrete vortices are used to represent the wake, the spatial density of the vortices is so high that the computed velocity profiles across a typical region of concentrated vorticity are quite smooth. Although the computed wake evolves in an entirely inviscid model of the flowfield, these profiles appear to have a viscous core. As an application, a simulation of the interaction between vorticity in the oncoming stream and a stationary airfoil is also discussed.

Dong, B. (Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States). Dept. of Engineering Science and Mechanics); Mook, D.T.

1994-03-01

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A modified wake oscillator model for vortex-induced vibration of circular cylinders for a wide range of mass-damping ratio  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, the behavior of an elastically mounted cylinder, subjected to vortex-induced vibrations (VIV), is investigated by a low-dimensional model. The classical wake oscillator model, as a standard model, predicts the behavior of the system at high mass-damping ratios but fails in modeling the system at low mass-damping ratios. A modified wake oscillator model is introduced in order to describe the response of the system over a wide range of mass-damping ratios. The results of this new model are compared to experimental results from the literature and shown to be in good agreement. The new model can describe most of the features of vortex-induced vibration phenomenology, such as the Griffin plot and lock-in domains.

Farshidianfar, A.; Zanganeh, H.

2010-04-01

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Hazard criteria for wake vortex encounters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A piloted, motion-base simulation was conducted to evaluate the ability of simulators to produce realistic vortex encounters and to develop criteria to define hazardous encounters. Evaluation of the simulation by pilots experienced in vortex encounters confirmed the capability of the simulator to realistically reproduce wake vortex encounters. A boundary for encounter hazard based on subjective pilot opinion was identified in terms of maximum bank angle. For encounter altitudes from 200 to 500 ft (61.0 to 152.4 m), tentative hazard criteria established for visual flight conditions indicated that the acceptable upset magnitude increased nearly linearly with increasing altitude. The data suggest that the allowable upsets under instrument conditions no greater than 50 percent of that allowable under visual conditions.

Sammonds, R. I.; Stinnett, G. W., Jr.

1975-01-01

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Flow visualization of vortex interactions in multiple vortex wakes behind aircraft  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A flow visualization technique was developed which allows the nature of lift-generated wakes behind aircraft models to be investigated. The technique was applied to models being towed underwater in a ship model basin. Seven different configurations of a small-scale model of a 747 transport aircraft were used to allow observation of typical vortex interactions and merging in multiple vortex wakes. It was established that the motion of the wake vortices is often sensitive to small changes in either wing span loading or model attitude. Landing gear deployement was found to cause a far-field reformation of vorticity behind a model configuration which dissipated concentrated vorticity in the near-field wake. Alleviation of wake vorticity is achievable by configuring the wing span loading to cause the wake vortices to move in paths that result in their interactions and merging. The vortices shed from the horizontal stabilizer always moved down rapidly into the wake and merged with the other vortices, primarily the inboard flap vortices.

Ciffone, D. L.; Lonzo, C., Jr.

1975-01-01

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Implementation and validation of a wake model for vortex-surface interactions in low speed forward flight  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The wake model was implemented using a VAX 750 and a Microvax II workstation. Online graphics capability using a DISSPLA graphics package. The rotor model used by Beddoes was significantly extended to include azimuthal variations due to forward flight and a simplified scheme for locating critical points where vortex elements are placed. A test case was obtained for validation of the predictions of induced velocity. Comparison of the results indicates that the code requires some more features before satisfactory predictions can be made over the whole rotor disk. Specifically, shed vorticity due to the azimuthal variation of blade loading must be incorporated into the model. Interactions between vortices shed from the four blades of the model rotor must be included. The Scully code for calculating the velocity field is being modified in parallel with these efforts to enable comparison with experimental data. To date, some comparisons with flow visualization data obtained at Georgia Tech were performed and show good agreement for the isolated rotor case. Comparison of time-resolved velocity data obtained at Georgia Tech also shows good agreement. Modifications are being implemented to enable generation of time-averaged results for comparison with NASA data.

Komerath, Narayanan M.; Schreiber, Olivier A.

1987-01-01

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Wake evolution and trailing vortex instabilities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The production losses and inhomogeneous loads of wind power turbines placed in the wake of another turbine is a well-known problem when building new wind power farms, and a subject of intensive research. The present work aims at developing an increased understanding of the behaviour of turbine wakes, with special regard to wake evolution and the stability of the trailing vortices. Single point velocity measurements with hot-wire anemometry were performed in the wake of a small-scale model turbine. The model was placed in the middle of the wind tunnel test section, outside the boundary layers from the wind tunnel walls. In order to study the stability of the wake and the trailing vortices, a disturbance was introduced at the end of the nacelle. This was accomplished through two orifices perpendicular to the main flow, which were connected to a high-pressure tank and two fast-switching valves. Both varicose and sinusoidal modes of different frequencies could be triggered. By also triggering the measurements on the blade passage, the meandering of the wake and the disturbance frequency, phase averaged results could be computed. The results for different frequencies as well as studies of wake evolution will be presented.

Odemark, Ylva; Fransson, Jens H. M.

2011-11-01

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Numerical simulation of vortex structures in a near wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerical simulation of steady and unsteady regimes for subsonic and transonic flows is realized for the classical problem concerned with the flow near a cylinder. The conservative numerical schemes are used. The large-scale vortex structures in a near-wake bluff body observed experimentally in real streams are investigated within the inviscid gas framework. For the small and moderate Reynolds number, the numerical simulation of nonseparated and separated stationary and unsteady regimes is based on the Navier-Stokes model.

Babakov, A. V.

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Wake Vortex Field Measurement Program at Memphis, Tennessee: Data Guide  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Eliminating or reducing current restrictions in the air traffic control system due to wake vortex considerations would yield increased capacity, decreased delays, and cost savings. Current wake vortex separation standards are widely viewed as very conservative under most conditions. However, scientific uncertainty about wake vortex behavior under different atmospheric conditions remains a barrier to development of an adaptive vortex spacing system. The objective of the wake vortex field measurement efforts during December, 1994 and August, 1995 at Memphis, TN were to record wake vortex behavior for varying atmospheric conditions and types of aircraft. This effort is part of a larger effort by the NASA Langley Research Center to develop an Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS) as an element of the Terminal Area Productivity (TAP) program. The TAP program is being performed in concert with the FAA Terminal Air Traffic Control Automation (TATCA) program and ATC Automation. Wake vortex behavior was observed using a mobile continuous-wave (CW) coherent laser Doppler radar (lidar) developed at Lincoln Laboratory. This lidar features a number of improvements over previous systems, including the first-ever demonstration of an automatic wake vortex detection and tracking algorithm.

Campbell, S. D.; Dasey, T. J.; Freehart, R. E.; Heinrichs, R. M.; Mathews, M. P.; Perras, G. H.; Rowe, G. S.

1997-01-01

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The Wake Vortex Prediction and Monitoring System WSVBS  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Design and performance of the Wake Vortex Prediction and Monitoring System WSVBS are described. The WSVBS has been developed to tactically increase airport capacity for approach and landing on closely-spaced parallel runways. It is thought to dynamically adjust aircraft separations dependent on weather conditions and the resulting wake vortex behaviour without compromising safety. The WSVBS consists of components that consider meteorological conditions, aircraft glide path adherence, aircraft parameter combinations representing aircraft weight categories, the resulting wake-vortex behaviour, the surrounding safety areas, wake vortex monitoring, and the integration of the predictions into the arrival manager. The WSVBS has been designed and applied to Frankfurt Airport. However, its components are generic and can well be adjusted to any runway system and or airport location. The prediction horizon is larger than 45 min (as required by air traffic control) and updated every 10 minutes. It predicts the concepts of operations and procedures established by DFS and it further predicts additional temporal separations for in-trail traffic. A specific feature of the WSVBS is the usage of both measured and predicted meteorological quantities as input to wake vortex prediction. In ground proximity where the probability to encounter wake vortices is highest, the wake predictor employs measured environmental parameters that yield superior prediction results. For the less critical part aloft, which can not be monitored completely by instrumentation, the meteorological parameters are taken from dedicated numerical terminal weather predictions. The wake vortex model predicts envelopes for vortex position and strength which implicitly consider the quality of the meteorological input data. This feature is achieved by a training procedure which employs statistics of measured and predicted meteorological parameters and the resulting wake vortex behaviour. The WSVBS combines various conservative elements that presumably lead to a very high overall safety level of the WSVBS. The combination of these conservative measures certainly leads to a very high but currently unknown overall safety. Once the methodology of a comprehensive risk analysis will be established, it is planned to adjust all components to appropriate and consistent confidence levels. The WSVBS has demonstrated its functionality at Frankfurt airport during 66 days in the period from 18/12/06 until 28/02/07. The performance test indicates that (i) the system ran stable - no forecast breakdowns occurred, (ii) aircraft separations could have been reduced in 75% of the time compared to ICAO standards, (iii) reduced separation procedures could have been continuously applied for at least several tens of minutes and up to several hours occasionally, (iv) the predictions were correct as for about 1100 landings observed during 16 days no warnings occurred from the LIDAR. Fast-time simulations reveal that adapted concepts of operation yield significant reductions in delay and/or an increase in capacity to 3% taking into account the real traffic mix and operational constraints in the period of one month. Before the WSVBS can be handed over for final adaptations to become a customized fully operational system some further steps are planned. A risk analysis needs to be pursued to convince all stakeholders of the usefulness and capabilities of the system.

Gerz, T.; Holzäpfel, F.

2009-09-01

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Coupling of structure and wake oscillators in vortex-induced vibrations  

Microsoft Academic Search

A class of low-order models for vortex-induced vibrations is analyzed. A classical van der Pol equation models the near wake dynamics describing the fluctuating nature of vortex shedding. This wake oscillator interacts with the equation of motion of a one degree-of-freedom structure oscillator and several types of linear coupling terms modeling the fluid-structure interaction are considered. The model dynamics is

MATTEO LUCA FACCHINETTI; EMMANUEL DE LANGRE; FRANCIS BIOLLEY

2003-01-01

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Coupling of structure and wake oscillators in vortex-induced vibrations  

Microsoft Academic Search

A class of low-order models for vortex-induced vibrations is analyzed. A classical van der Pol equation models the near wake dynamics describing the fluctuating nature of vortex shedding. This wake oscillator interacts with the equation of motion of a one degree-of-freedom structural oscillator and several types of linear coupling terms modelling the fluid–structure interaction are considered. The model dynamics is

M. L. Facchinetti; E. de Langre; F. Biolley

2004-01-01

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Vortex shedding in the wake of a step cylinder  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Flow past a circular cylinder with a single stepwise discontinuity in diameter was investigated numerically for the diameter ratio D/d=2 and two Reynolds numbers, ReD=150 and 300. The primary focus was on vortex shedding and vortex interactions occurring in the cylinder wake. In agreement with previous experimental findings, three distinct spanwise vortex cells were identified in the step-cylinder wake: a single vortex shedding cell in the wake of the small cylinder (the S-cell) and two vortex shedding cells in the wake of the large cylinder, one in the region downstream of the step (the N-cell) and the other away from the step (the L-cell). Due to the differences in vortex shedding frequencies, complex vortex connections occurred in two vortex interaction regions located between the adjacent cells. However, distinct differences in vortex splitting and vortex dislocations were identified in the two regions. The region at the boundary between the S-cell and the N-cell was relatively narrow and its spanwise extent did not fluctuate significantly. In this region, vortex dislocations manifested as half-loop connections between two S-cell vortices of opposite sign. In contrast, the region at the boundary between the N-cell and the L-cell exhibited transient behavior, with large scale vortex dislocations causing cyclic variation in the extent of N-cell vortices. Spectral analysis of velocity data showed that the presence of the N-cell was continuous through all simulations. For ReD=300, small scale streamwise vortices forming in the wake of the large cylinder weaken the primary spanwise vortices and vortex connections, complicating vortex dynamics in the step-cylinder wake. However, no significant Reynolds number effect on the average spanwise extent of the vortex cells and the two transition regions between neighboring cells was observed. Finally, formation of N-cell vortices was shown to be linked to downwash fluctuations near the step.

Morton, Chris; Yarusevych, Serhiy

2010-08-01

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Evaluation of the discrete vortex wake cross flow model using vector computers. Part 1: Theory and application  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The current program had the objective to modify a discrete vortex wake method to efficiently compute the aerodynamic forces and moments on high fineness ratio bodies (f approximately 10.0). The approach is to increase computational efficiency by structuring the program to take advantage of new computer vector software and by developing new algorithms when vector software can not efficiently be used. An efficient program was written and substantial savings achieved. Several test cases were run for fineness ratios up to f = 16.0 and angles of attack up to 50 degrees.

1979-01-01

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Analysis of the Radar Reflectivity of Aircraft Vortex Wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Radar has been proposed as a way to track wake vortices to reduce aircraft spacing and tests have revealed radar echoes from aircraft wakes in clear air. The results are always interpreted qualitatively using Tatarski's theory of weak scattering by isotropic atmospheric turbulence. The goal of the present work was to predict the value of the radar cross-section (RCS) using simpler models. This is accomplished in two steps. First, the refractive index is obtained. Since the structure of the aircraft wakes is different from atmospheric turbulence, three simple mechanisms specific to vortex wakes are considered: (1) Radial density gradient in a two-dimensional vortex, (2) three-dimensional fluctuations in the vortex cores, and (3) Adiabatic transport of the atmospheric fluid in a two-dimensional oval surrounding the pair of vortices. The index of refraction is obtained more precisely for the two-dimensional mechanisms than for the three-dimensional ones. In the second step, knowing the index of refraction, a scattering analysis is performed. Tatarski's weak scattering approximation is kept but the usual assumptions of a far-field and a uniform incident wave are dropped. Neither assumption is generally valid for a wake that is coherent across the radar beam. For analytical insight, a simpler approximation that invokes, in addition to weak scattering, the far-field and wide cylindrical beam assumptions, is also developed and compared with the more general analysis. The predicted RCS values for the oval surround the vortices (mechanism C) agree with the experiments of Bilson conducted over a wide range of frequencies. However, the predictions have a cut-off away from normal incidence which is not present in the measurements. Estimates suggest that this is due to turbulence in the baroclinic vorticity generated at the boundary of the oval. The reflectivity of a vortex itself (mechanism A) is comparable to that of the oval (mechanism C) but cuts-off at frequencies lower than those considered in all the experiments to date. The RCS of a vortex happens to peak at the frequency (about 49 MHz) where atmospheric radars (known as ST radars) operate and so the present prediction could be verified in the future. Finally , we suggest that hot engine exhaust could increase RCE by 40 db and reveal vortex circulation, provided its mixing with the surroundings is prevented in the laminarising flow of the vortices.

Shariff, Karim; Wray, Alan; Yan, Jerry (Technical Monitor)

2000-01-01

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Wake Vortex Detection: Phased Microphone vs. Linear Infrasonic Array  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Sensor technologies can make a significant impact on the detection of aircraft-generated vortices in an air space of interest, typically in the approach or departure corridor. Current state-of-the art sensor technologies do not provide three-dimensional measurements needed for an operational system or even for wake vortex modeling to advance the understanding of vortex behavior. Most wake vortex sensor systems used today have been developed only for research applications and lack the reliability needed for continuous operation. The main challenges for the development of an operational sensor system are reliability, all-weather operation, and spatial coverage. Such a sensor has been sought for a period of last forty years. Acoustic sensors were first proposed and tested by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) early in 1970s for tracking wake vortices but these acoustic sensors suffered from high levels of ambient noise. Over a period of the last fifteen years, there has been renewed interest in studying noise generated by aircraft wake vortices, both numerically and experimentally. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) was the first to propose the application of a phased microphone array for the investigation of the noise sources of wake vortices. The concept was first demonstrated at Berlins Airport Schoenefeld in 2000. A second test was conducted in Tarbes, France, in 2002, where phased microphone arrays were applied to study the wake vortex noise of an Airbus 340. Similarly, microphone phased arrays and other opto-acoustic microphones were evaluated in a field test at the Denver International Airport in 2003. For the Tarbes and Denver tests, the wake trajectories of phased microphone arrays and lidar were compared as these were installed side by side. Due to a built-in pressure equalization vent these microphones were not suitable for capturing acoustic noise below 20 Hz. Our group at NASA Langley Research Center developed and installed an infrasonic array at the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport early in the year 2013. A pattern of pressure burst, high-coherence intervals, and diminishing-coherence intervals was observed for all takeoff and landing events without exception. The results of a phased microphone vs. linear infrasonic array comparison will be presented.

Shams, Qamar A.; Zuckerwar, Allan J.; Sullivan, Nicholas T.; Knight, Howard K.

2014-01-01

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Prediction and Control of Vortex Dominated and Vortex-wake Flows  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report describes the activities and accomplishments under this research grant, including a list of publications and dissertations, produced in the field of prediction and control of vortex dominated and vortex wake flows.

Kandil, Osama

1996-01-01

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Coherent Pulsed Lidar Sensing of Wake Vortex Position and Strength, Winds and Turbulence in the Terminal Area  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) has field tested a 2.0 gm, 100 Hertz, pulsed coherent lidar to detect and characterize wake vortices and to measure atmospheric winds and turbulence. The quantification of aircraft wake-vortex hazards is being addressed by the Wake Vortex Lidar (WVL) Project as part of Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS), which is under the Reduced Spacing Operations Element of the Terminal Area Productivity (TAP) Program. These hazards currently set the minimum, fixed separation distance between two aircraft and affect the number of takeoff and landing operations on a single runway under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). The AVOSS concept seeks to safely reduce aircraft separation distances, when weather conditions permit, to increase the operational capacity of major airports. The current NASA wake-vortex research efforts focus on developing and validating wake vortex encounter models, wake decay and advection models, and wake sensing technologies. These technologies will be incorporated into an automated AVOSS that can properly select safe separation distances for different weather conditions, based on the aircraft pair and predicted/measured vortex behavior. The sensor subsystem efforts focus on developing and validating wake sensing technologies. The lidar system has been field-tested to provide real-time wake vortex trajectory and strength data to AVOSS for wake prediction verification. Wake vortices, atmospheric winds, and turbulence products have been generated from processing the lidar data collected during deployments to Norfolk (ORF), John F. Kennedy (JFK), and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airports.

Brockman, Philip; Barker, Ben C., Jr.; Koch, Grady J.; Nguyen, Dung Phu Chi; Britt, Charles L., Jr.; Petros, Mulugeta

1999-01-01

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Wake Vortex Tracking Using a 35 GHz Pulsed Doppler Radar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A 35 GHz, pulsed-Doppler radar system has been designed and assembled for wake vortex detection and tracking in low visibility conditions. Aircraft wake vortices continue to be an important factor in determining safe following distances or spacings for aircraft in the terminal area. Currently, under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), aircraft adhere to conservative, fixed following-distance guidelines based primarily on aircraft weight classifications. When ambient conditions are such that vortices will either drift or dissipate, leaving the flight corridor clear, the prescribed spacings are unnecessarily long and result in decreased airport throughput. There is a potential for significant airport efficiency improvement, if a system can be employed to aid regulators and pilots in setting safe and efficient following distances based on airport conditions. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Aviation Agency, and Volpe National Transportation Systems Center have promoted and worked to develop systems that would increase airport capacity and provide for safe reductions in aircraft separation. The NASA Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS), a wake vortex spacing system that can provide dynamic adjustment of spacings based on real-time airport weather conditions, has demonstrated that Lidar systems can be successfully used to detect and track vortices in clear air conditions. To fill the need for detection capability in low-visibility conditions, a 35 GHz, pulsed-Doppler radar system is being investigated for use as a complimentary, low-visibility sensor for wake vortices. The radar sensor provides spatial and temporal information similar to that provided by Lidar, but under weather conditions that a Lidar cannot penetrate. Currently, we are analyzing the radar design based upon the data and experience gained during the wake vortex Lidar deployment with AVOSS at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. As part of this study, two numerical models were utilized in system simulations. The results of this study improve our understanding of the method of detection, resolution requirements for range and azimuth, pulse compression, and performance prediction. Simulations applying pulse compression techniques show that detection is good in heavy fog to greater than 2000 m. Both compressed and uncompressed short pulses show the vortex structure. To explore operational challenges, siting and scanning strategies were also analyzed. Simulation results indicate that excellent wake vortex detection, tracking and classification is possible in drizzle (+15 dBZ) and heavy fog (- 13 dBZ) using short pulse techniques (<99ns) at ranges on the order of 900 m, with a modest power of 500 W output. At 1600 m, detection can be expected at reflectivities as low as -13 dBZ (heavy fog). The radar system, as designed and built, has the potential to support field studies of a wake vortex spacing system in low-visibility conditions ranging from heavy fog to rain, when sited within 2000m of the flight path.

Neece, Robert T.; Britt, Charles L.; White, Joseph H.; Mudukutore, Ashok; Nguyen, Chi; Hooper, Bill

2005-01-01

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Wake Vortex Advisory System (WakeVAS) Evaluation of Impacts on the National Airspace System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report is one of a series that describes an ongoing effort in high-fidelity modeling/simulation, evaluation and analysis of the benefits and performance metrics of the Wake Vortex Advisory System (WakeVAS) Concept of Operations being developed as part of the Virtual Airspace Modeling and Simulation (VAMS) project. A previous study, determined the overall increases in runway arrival rates that could be achieved at 12 selected airports due to WakeVAS reduced aircraft spacing under Instrument Meteorological Conditions. This study builds on the previous work to evaluate the NAS wide impacts of equipping various numbers of airports with WakeVAS. A queuing network model of the National Airspace System, built by the Logistics Management Institute, Mclean, VA, for NASA (LMINET) was used to estimate the reduction in delay that could be achieved by using WakeVAS under non-visual meteorological conditions for the projected air traffic demand in 2010. The results from LMINET were used to estimate the total annual delay reduction that could be achieved and from this, an estimate of the air carrier variable operating cost saving was made.

Smith, Jeremy C.; Dollyhigh, Samuel M.

2005-01-01

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Interfacing comprehensive rotorcraft analysis with advanced aeromechanics and vortex wake models  

Microsoft Academic Search

This dissertation describes three aspects of the comprehensive rotorcraft analysis. First, a physics-based methodology for the modeling of hydraulic devices within multibody-based comprehensive models of rotorcraft systems is developed. This newly proposed approach can predict the fully nonlinear behavior of hydraulic devices, and pressure levels in the hydraulic chambers are coupled with the dynamic response of the system. The proposed

Haiying Liu

2008-01-01

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An Improved Wake Vortex Tracking Algorithm for Multiple Aircraft  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The accurate tracking of vortex evolution from Large Eddy Simulation (LES) data is a complex and computationally intensive problem. The vortex tracking requires the analysis of very large three-dimensional and time-varying datasets. The complexity of the problem is further compounded by the fact that these vortices are embedded in a background turbulence field, and they may interact with the ground surface. Another level of complication can arise, if vortices from multiple aircrafts are simulated. This paper presents a new technique for post-processing LES data to obtain wake vortex tracks and wake intensities. The new approach isolates vortices by defining "regions of interest" (ROI) around each vortex and has the ability to identify vortex pairs from multiple aircraft. The paper describes the new methodology for tracking wake vortices and presents application of the technique for single and multiple aircraft.

Switzer, George F.; Proctor, Fred H.; Ahmad, Nashat N.; LimonDuparcmeur, Fanny M.

2010-01-01

68

Numerical Simulation of the Aircraft Wake Vortex Flowfield  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The near wake vortex flowfield from a NACA0012 half-wing was simulated using a fully unstructured Navier-Stokes flow solver in three dimensions at a chord Reynolds number of 4.6 million and a Mach number of approximately 0.15. Several simulations were performed to examine the effect of boundary conditions, mesh resolution and turbulence scheme on the formation of wingtip vortex and its downstream propagation. The standard Spalart-Allmaras turbulence model was compared with the Dacles-Mariani and Spalart-Shur corrections for rotation and curvature effects. The simulation results were evaluated using the data from experiment performed at NASA Ames' 32in x 48in low speed wind tunnel.

Ahmad, Nashat N.; Proctor, Fred H.; Perry, R. Brad

2013-01-01

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Design of airport wake vortex monitoring system based on 1.5-?m pulsed coherent Doppler lidar  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To shun the vortex hazard, the airport wake vortex monitoring system based on 1.5-?m pulsed coherent Doppler lidar is designed successfully in this paper. Based on the realistic analytical model, the wake vortex generated by airbus A340 under typical flight condition is simulated. Then the principle of airport wake vortex monitoring is introduced, and the work flow of the monitoring system is also presented. Moreover, based on the mechanism of vortex coherent detection and typical system parameters, both detection SNR and detection precision are obtained through numerical simulations. When the system outputs 2 J energy, the coherent detection SNR at 10 km distance is up to 23.452, and detection precision can reach 0.328 m/s. With the wake vortex monitoring experiment of A340, some vortex parameters are estimated. Due to these results comparatively coinciding with the previous simulation conclusions, the ability of Doppler lidar for full-scale wake vortex characterization and real time measurement is demonstrated. The study shows that the wake vortex detection based on 1.5-?m pulsed coherent Doppler lidar has the advantages of high accuracy and far distance, and the designed airport wake vortex monitoring system has proved to be effective and feasible, which has significant development and application prospect in the aspect of assuring flight security and increasing airport capacity.

Wu, Yong-Hua; Hu, Yi-Hua; Xu, Shi-Long; Li, Jin-Ming; Dai, Ding-Chuan

2011-07-01

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Numerical Study of Wake Vortex Interaction with the Ground Using the Terminal Area Simulation System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A sensitivity study for the in-ground effect on aircraft wake vortices has been conducted using a validated large eddy simulation model. The numerical results are compared with observed data and show good agreement for vortex decay and lateral vortex transport. The vortex decay rate is strongly influenced by the ground, but appears somewhat insensitive to ambient turbulence. In addition, the results show that the ground can affect the trajectory and descent-rate of a wake vortex pair at elevations up to about 3 b(sub o) (where b(sub o) is the initial vortex separation). However, the ground does not influence the average circulation of the vortices until the cores descend to within about 0.6 b(sub o), after which time the ground greatly enhances their rate of demise. Vortex rebound occurs in the simulations, but is more subtle than shown in previous numerical studies.

Proctor, Fred H.; Han, Jongil

1999-01-01

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Wake Vortex Transport and Decay in Ground Effect: Vortex Linking with the Ground  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Numerical simulations are carried out with a three-dimensional Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) model to explore the sensitivity of vortex decay and transport in ground effect (IGE). The vortex decay rates are found to be strongly enhanced following maximum descent into ground effect. The nondimensional decay rate is found to be insensitive to the initial values of circulation, height, and vortex separation. The information gained from these simulations is used to construct a simple decay relationship. This relationship compares well with observed data from an IGE case study. Similarly, a relationship for lateral drift due to ground effect is constructed from the LES data. In the second part of this paper, vortex linking with the ground is investigated. Our numerical simulations of wake vortices for IGE show that a vortex may link with its image beneath the ground, if the intensity of the ambient turbulence is moderate to high. This linking with the ground (which is observed in real cases)gives the appearance of a vortex tube that bends to become vertically oriented and which terminates at the ground. From the simulations conducted, the linking time for vortices in the free atmosphere; i.e., a function of ambient turbulence intensity.

Proctor, Fred H.; Hamilton, David W.; Han, Jongil

2000-01-01

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Turbulence Climatology at Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW) Airport: Implications for a Departure Wake Vortex Spacing System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Potential adaptive wake vortex spacing systems may need to rely on wake vortex decay rather than wake vortex transport in reducing wake separations. A wake vortex takeoff-spacing system in particular will need to rely on wake decay. Ambient turbulence is the primary influence on wake decay away from the ground. This study evaluated 18 months of ambient turbulence measurements at Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) Airport. The measurements show minor variation in the turbulence levels at various times of the year or times of the day for time periods when a departure system could be used. Arrival system operation was also examined, and a slightly lower overall turbulence level was found as compared to departure system benefit periods. The Sarpkaya model, a validated model of wake vortex behavior, was applied to various turbulence levels and compared to the DFW turbulence statistics. The results show that wake vortices from heavy aircraft on takeoff should dissipate within one minute for the majority of the time and will rarely last two minutes. These results will need to be verified by wake vortex measurements on departure.

Perras, G. H.; Dasey, T. J.

2000-01-01

73

Application of Wind Tunnel Free-Flight Technique for Wake Vortex Encounters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A wind tunnel investigation was conducted in the Langley 30- by 60-Foot Tunnel to assess the free-flight test technique as a tool in research on wake vortex encounters. A typical 17.5-percent scale business-class jet airplane model was flown behind a stationary wing mounted in the forward portion of the wind tunnel test section. The span ratio (model span-generating wingspan) was 0.75. The wing angle of attack could be adjusted to produce a vortex of desired strength. The test airplane model was successfully flown in the vortex and through the vortex for a range of vortex strengths. Data obtained included the model airplane body axis accelerations, angular rates, attitudes, and control positions as a function of vortex strength and relative position. Pilot comments and video records were also recorded during the vortex encounters.

Brandon, Jay M.; Jordan, Frank L., Jr.; Stuever, Robert A.; Buttrill, Catherine W.

1997-01-01

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Hazard Criteria for Wake Vortex Encounters.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

A piloted, motion-base simulation was conducted to evaluate the ability of simulators to produce realistic vortex encounters and to develop criteria to define hazardous encounters. Evaluation of the simulation by pilots experienced in vortex encounters co...

R. I. Sammonds G. W. Stinnett

1975-01-01

75

Effects of spoilers and gear on B-747 wake vortex velocities  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Vortex velocities were measured in the wakes of four configurations of a 0.61-m span model of a B-747 aircraft. The wakes were generated by towing the model underwater in a ship model basin. Tangential and axial velocity profiles were obtained with a scanning laser velocimeter as the wakes aged to 35 span lengths behind the model. A 45 deg deflection of two outboard flight spoilers with the model in the landing configuration resulted in a 36 percent reduction in wake maximum tangential velocity, altered velocity profiles, and erratic vortex trajectories. Deployment of the landing gear with the inboard flaps in the landing position and outboard flaps retracted had little effect on the flap vortices to 35 spans, but caused the wing tip vortices to have: (1) more diffuse velocity profiles; (2) a 27 percent reduction in maximum tangential velocity; and (3) a more rapid merger with the flap vortices.

Luebs, A. B.; Bradfute, J. G.; Ciffone, D. L.

1976-01-01

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Developments and Validations of Fully Coupled CFD and Practical Vortex Transport Method for High-Fidelity Wake Modeling in Fixed and Rotary Wing Applications  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A novel Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) coupling framework using a conventional Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (BANS) solver to resolve the near-body flow field and a Particle-based Vorticity Transport Method (PVTM) to predict the evolution of the far field wake is developed, refined, and evaluated for fixed and rotary wing cases. For the rotary wing case, the RANS/PVTM modules are loosely coupled to a Computational Structural Dynamics (CSD) module that provides blade motion and vehicle trim information. The PVTM module is refined by the addition of vortex diffusion, stretching, and reorientation models as well as an efficient memory model. Results from the coupled framework are compared with several experimental data sets (a fixed-wing wind tunnel test and a rotary-wing hover test).

Anusonti-Inthra, Phuriwat

2010-01-01

77

Computational hydrodynamics of animal swimming: boundary element method and three-dimensional vortex wake structure.  

PubMed

The slender body theory, lifting surface theories, and more recently panel methods and Navier-Stokes solvers have been used to study the hydrodynamics of fish swimming. This paper presents progress on swimming hydrodynamics using a boundary integral equation method (or boundary element method) based on potential flow model. The unsteady three-dimensional BEM code 3DynaFS that we developed and used is able to model realistic body geometries, arbitrary movements, and resulting wake evolution. Pressure distribution over the body surface, vorticity in the wake, and the velocity field around the body can be computed. The structure and dynamic behavior of the vortex wakes generated by the swimming body are responsible for the underlying fluid dynamic mechanisms to realize the high-efficiency propulsion and high-agility maneuvering. Three-dimensional vortex wake structures are not well known, although two-dimensional structures termed 'reverse Karman Vortex Street' have been observed and studied. In this paper, simulations about a swimming saithe (Pollachius virens) using our BEM code have demonstrated that undulatory swimming reduces three-dimensional effects due to substantially weakened tail tip vortex, resulting in a reverse Karman Vortex Street as the major flow pattern in the three-dimensional wake of an undulating swimming fish. PMID:11733166

Cheng, J Y; Chahine, G L

2001-12-01

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Feasibility of an onboard wake vortex avoidance system  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

It was determined that an onboard vortex wake detection system using existing, proven instrumentation is technically feasible. This system might be incorporated into existing onboard systems such as a wind shear detection system, and might provide the pilot with the location of a vortex wake, as well as an evasive maneuver so that the landing separations may be reduced. It is suggested that this system might be introduced into our nation's commuter aircraft fleet and major air carrier fleet and permit a reduction of current landing separation standards, thereby reducing takeoff and departure delays.

Bilanin, Alan J.; Teske, Milton E.; Curtiss, Howard C., Jr.

1987-01-01

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An experimental and numerical study of the vortex structure in the wake of a wind turbine  

Microsoft Academic Search

An experimental investigation into the properties of the vortex wake behind a wind turbine rotor has been carried out at model scale, using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). The two-blade model was operated at tip speed ratios in the range ?=3–8, and chord Reynolds numbers Re=6400–16?000. The blades were untwisted, with flat-plate aerofoil profile. Measurements of wake velocity and vorticity were

J Whale; C. G Anderson; R Bareiss; S Wagner

2000-01-01

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Large Eddy Simulation of Aircraft Wake Vortices in a Homogeneous Atmospheric Turbulence: Vortex Decay and Descent  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The effects of ambient turbulence on decay and descent of aircraft wake vortices are studied using a validated, three-dimensional: large-eddy simulation model. Numerical simulations are performed in order to isolate the effect of ambient turbulence on the wake vortex decay rate within a neutrally-stratified atmosphere. Simulations are conducted for a range of turbulence intensities, by injecting wake vortex pairs into an approximately homogeneous and isotropic turbulence field. The decay rate of the vortex circulation increases clearly with increasing ambient turbulence level, which is consistent with field observations. Based on the results from the numerical simulations, simple decay models are proposed as functions of dimensionless ambient turbulence intensity (eta) and dimensionless time (T) for the circulation averaged over a range of radial distances. With good agreement with the numerical results, a Gaussian type of vortex decay model is proposed for weak turbulence: while an exponential type of Tortex decay model can be applied for strong turbulence. A relationship for the vortex descent based on above vortex decay model is also proposed. Although the proposed models are based on simulations assuming neutral stratification, the model predictions are compared to Lidar vortex measurements observed during stable, neutral, and unstable atmospheric conditions. In the neutral and unstable atmosphere, the model predictions appear to be in reasonable agreement with the observational data, while in the stably-stratified atmosphere, they largely underestimate the observed circulation decay with consistent overestimation of the observed vortex descent. The underestimation of vortex decay during stably-stratified conditions suggests that stratification has an important influence on vortex decay when ambient levels of turbulence are weak.

Han, Jongil; Lin, Yuh-Lang; Arya, S. Pal; Proctor, Fred H.

1999-01-01

81

Rotor Wake Vortex Definition Using 3C-PIV Measurements: Corrected for Vortex Orientation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Three-component (3-C) particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements, within the wake across a rotor disk plane, are used to determine wake vortex definitions important for BVI (Blade Vortex Interaction) and broadband noise prediction. This study is part of the HART II test program conducted using a 40 percent scale BO-105 helicopter main rotor in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel (DNW). In this paper, measurements are presented of the wake vortex field over the advancing side of the rotor operating at a typical descent landing condition. The orientations of the vortex (tube) axes are found to have non-zero tilt angles with respect to the chosen PIV measurement cut planes, often on the order of 45 degrees. Methods for determining the orientation of the vortex axis and reorienting the measured PIV velocity maps (by rotation/projection) are presented. One method utilizes the vortex core axial velocity component, the other utilizes the swirl velocity components. Key vortex parameters such as vortex core size, strength, and core velocity distribution characteristics are determined from the reoriented PIV velocity maps. The results are compared with those determined from velocity maps that are not corrected for orientation. Knowledge of magnitudes and directions of the vortex axial and swirl velocity components as a function of streamwise location provide a basis for insight into the vortex evolution.

Burley, Casey L.; Brooks, Thomas F.; vanderWall, Berend; Richard, Hughues Richard; Raffel, Markus; Beaumier, Philippe; Delrieux, Yves; Lim, Joon W.; Yu, Yung H.; Tung, Chee

2003-01-01

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Assessment of a wake vortex flight test program  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A proposed flight test program to measure the characteristics of wake vortices behind a T-33 aircraft was investigated. A number of facets of the flight tests were examined to define the parameters to be measured, the anticipated vortex characteristics, the mutual interference between the probe aircraft and the wake, the response of certain instruments to be used in obtaining measurements, the effect of condensation on the wake vortices, and methods of data reduction. Recommendations made as a result of the investigation are presented.

Spangler, S. B.; Dillenius, M. F. E.; Schwind, R. G.; Nielsen, J. N.

1974-01-01

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Vortex age as a wake turbulence scaling parameter  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Tests were conducted in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel to determine the significance of vortex age as a scaling parameter in wake turbulence development and dissipation. Vortex structure was measured over a range of three angles of attack, three free-stream speeds, and seven downstream positions from 2 to 30 chordlengths using an NACA 0012 wing and a five hole yawhead probe. The resulting data indicates that vortex age is not a self-sufficient scaling parameter but a free-stream velocity influence also exists at higher angles of attack which cannot be explained in terms of Re or M.

Marchman, J. F., III; Marshall, J. R.

1974-01-01

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Aircraft Wake Vortex Measurements at Denver International Airport  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Airport capacity is constrained, in part, by spacing requirements associated with the wake vortex hazard. NASA's Wake Vortex Avoidance Project has a goal to establish the feasibility of reducing this spacing while maintaining safety. Passive acoustic phased array sensors, if shown to have operational potential, may aid in this effort by detecting and tracking the vortices. During August/September 2003, NASA and the USDOT sponsored a wake acoustics test at the Denver International Airport. The central instrument of the test was a large microphone phased array. This paper describes the test in general terms and gives an overview of the array hardware. It outlines one of the analysis techniques that is being applied to the data and gives sample results. The technique is able to clearly resolve the wake vortices of landing aircraft and measure their separation, height, and sinking rate. These observations permit an indirect estimate of the vortex circulation. The array also provides visualization of the vortex evolution, including the Crow instability.

Dougherty, Robert P.; Wang, Frank Y.; Booth, Earl R.; Watts, Michael E.; Fenichel, Neil; D'Errico, Robert E.

2004-01-01

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Development and testing of laser Doppler system components for wake vortex monitoring. Volume 1: Scanner development, laboratory and field testing and system modeling  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A servo-controlled range/elevation scanner for the laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV) was developed and tested in the field to assess its performance in detecting and monitoring aircraft trailing vortices in an airport environment. The elevation scanner provides a capability to manually point the LDV telescope at operator chosen angles from 3.2 deg. to 89.6 deg within 0.2 deg, or to automatically scan the units between operator chosen limits at operator chosen rates of 0.1 Hz to 0.5 Hz. The range scanner provides a capability to manually adjust the focal point of the system from a range of 32 meters to a range of 896 meters under operator control, or to scan between operator chosen limits and at rates from 0.1 Hz to 6.9 Hz. The scanner controls are designed to allow simulataneous range and elevation scanning so as to provide finger scan patterns, arc scan patterns, and vertical line scan patterns. The development and testing of the unit is discussed, along with a fluid dynamic model of the wake vortex developed in a laser Doppler vortex sensor simulation program.

Wilson, D. J.; Krause, M. C.; Coffey, E. W.; Huang, C. C.; Edwards, B. B.; Shrider, K. R.; Jetton, J. L.; Morrison, L. K.

1974-01-01

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Estimates of the effectiveness of automatic control in alleviating wake vortex induced roll excursions  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Estimates of the effectiveness of a model following type control system in reducing the roll excursion due to a wake vortex encounter were obtained from single degree of freedom computations with inputs derived from the results of wind tunnel, flight, and simulation experiments. The analysis indicates that the control power commanded by the automatic system must be roughly equal to the vortex induced roll acceleration if effective limiting of the maximum bank angle is to be achieved.

Tinling, B. E.

1977-01-01

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A Candidate Wake Vortex Strength Definition for Application to the NASA Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A significant effort is underway at NASA Langley to develop a system to provide dynamical aircraft wake vortex spacing criteria to Air Traffic Control (ATC). The system under development, the Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS), combines the inputs of multiple subsystems to provide separation matrices with sufficient stability for use by ATC and sufficient monitoring to ensure safety. The subsystems include a meteorological subsystem, a wake behavior prediction subsystem, a wake sensor subsystem, and system integration and ATC interfaces. The proposed AVOSS is capable of using two factors, singly or in combination, for reducing in-trail spacing. These factors are wake vortex motion out of a predefined approach corridor and wake decay below a strength that is acceptable for encounter. Although basic research into the wake phenomena has historically used wake total circulation as a strength parameter, there is a requirement for a more specific strength definition that may be applied across multiple disciplines and teams to produce a real-time, automated system. This paper presents some of the limitations of previous applications of circulation to aircraft wake observations and describes the results of a preliminary effort to bound a spacing system strength definition.

Hinton, David A.; Tatnall, Chris R.

1997-01-01

88

Trailing Vortex Measurements in the Wake of a Hovering Rotor Blade with Various Tip Shapes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This work examined the wake aerodynamics of a single helicopter rotor blade with several tip shapes operating on a hover test stand. Velocity field measurements were conducted using three-component laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV). The objective of these measurements was to document the vortex velocity profiles and then extract the core properties, such as the core radius, peak swirl velocity, and axial velocity. The measured test cases covered a wide range of wake-ages and several tip shapes, including rectangular, tapered, swept, and a subwing tip. One of the primary differences shown by the change in tip shape was the wake geometry. The effect of blade taper reduced the initial peak swirl velocity by a significant fraction. It appears that this is accomplished by decreasing the vortex strength for a given blade loading. The subwing measurements showed that the interaction and merging of the subwing and primary vortices created a less coherent vortical structure. A source of vortex core instability is shown to be the ratio of the peak swirl velocity to the axial velocity deficit. The results show that if there is a turbulence producing region of the vortex structure, it will be outside of the core boundary. The LDV measurements were supported by laser light-sheet flow visualization. The results provide several benchmark test cases for future validation of theoretical vortex models, numerical free-wake models, and computational fluid dynamics results.

Martin, Preston B.; Leishman, J. Gordon

2003-01-01

89

Near wake vortex dynamics of a hovering hawkmoth  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerical investigation of vortex dynamics in near wake of a hovering hawkmoth and hovering aerodynamics is conducted to support the development of a biology-inspired dynamic flight simulator for flapping wing-based micro air vehicles. Realistic wing-body morphologies and kinematics are adopted in the numerical simulations. The computed results show 3D mechanisms of vortical flow structures in hawkmoth-like hovering. A horseshoe-shaped primary vortex is observed to wrap around each wing during the early down- and upstroke; the horseshoe-shaped vortex subsequently grows into a doughnut-shaped vortex ring with an intense jet-flow present in its core, forming a downwash. The doughnut-shaped vortex rings of the wing pair eventually break up into two circular vortex rings as they propagate downstream in the wake. The aerodynamic yawing and rolling torques are canceled out due to the symmetric wing kinematics even though the aerodynamic pitching torque shows significant variation with time. On the other hand, the time-varying the aerodynamics pitching torque could make the body a longitudinal oscillation over one flapping cycle.

Aono, Hikaru; Shyy, Wei; Liu, Hao

2009-02-01

90

Viscous effects on a vortex wake in ground effect  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Wake vortex trajectories and strengths are altered radically by interactions with the ground plane. Prediction of vortex strength and location is especially important in the vicinity of airports. Simple potential flow methods have been found to yield reasonable estimates of vortex descent rates in an otherwise quiescent ambient background, but those techniques cannot be adjusted for more realistic ambient conditions and they fail to provide satisfactory estimates of ground-coupled behavior. The authors have been involved in a systematic study concerned with including viscous effects in a wake-vortex system which is near the ground plane. The study has employed numerical solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations, as well as perturbation techniques to study ground coupling with a descending vortex pair. Results of a two-dimensional, unsteady numerical-theoretical study are presented in this paper. A time-based perturbation procedure has been developed which permits the use of analytical solutions to an inner and outer flow domain for the initial flow field. Predictions have been compared with previously reported laminar experimental results. In addition, the influence of stratification and turbulence on vortex behavior near the ground plane has been studied.

Zheng, Z.; Ash, Robert L.

1992-01-01

91

Experimental investigation of wing fin configurations for alleviation of vortex wakes of aircraft  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A variety of fin configurations were tested on a model of the Boeing B747 in 40 by 80 foot wind tunnels. The test results confirmed that a reduction in wake rolling moment was brought about by the vortex shed by the fins so that a wide range of designs can be used to achieve wake alleviation. It was also found that the reduction in wake-induced rolling moments was especially sensitive to the location of the smaller fins on the wing and that the penalties in lift and drag can probably be made negligible by proper fin design.

Rossow, V. J.

1978-01-01

92

A Parametric Study of Accelerations of an Airplane Due to a Wake Vortex System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A study was conducted using strip theory to systematically investigate the effects of progressively more complete descriptions of the interaction of an airplane with a wake vortex system. The emphasis was in roll-dominant, parallel, vortex encounters. That is, the simulated airplane's longitudinal axis was nearly parallel to the rotation axis of the vortex system for most of the results presented. The study began with a drag-less rectangular wing in the flow field of a single vortex and progressed to a complete airplane with aerodynamic surfaces possessing taper, sweep, dihedral, and stalling and immersed in the flow field of a vortex pair in ground effect. The effects of the pitch, roll, and yaw attitudes of the airplane on the calculated accelerations were also investigated. The airplane had the nominal characteristics of a Boeing 757, and the vortex flow field had the nominal characteristics of the wake of a Boeing 767. The Bumham-Hallock model of a vortex flow field was used throughout the study. The data are presented mainly in terms of contours of equal acceleration in a two-dimensional area centered on the vortex pair and having dimensions of 300 feet by 300 feet.

Stewart, Eric C.

1999-01-01

93

On the Development of Turbulent Wakes from Vortex Streets  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Wake development behind circular cylinders at Reynolds numbers from 40 to 10,000 was investigated in a low-speed wind tunnel. Standard hotwire techniques were used to study the velocity fluctuations. The Reynolds number range of periodic vortex shedding is divided into two distinct subranges. At R = 40 to 150, called the stable range, regular vortex streets are formed and no turbulent motion is developed. The range R = 150 to 300 is a transition range to a regime called the irregular range, in which turbulent velocity fluctuations accompany the periodic formation of vortices. The turbulence is initiated by laminar-turbulent transition in the free layers which spring from the separation points on the cylinder. This transition first occurs in the range R = 150 to 300. Spectrum and statistical measurements were made to study the velocity fluctuations. In the stable range the vortices decay by viscous diffusion. In the irregular range the diffusion is turbulent and the wake becomes fully turbulent in 40 to 50 diameters downstream. It was found that in the stable range the vortex street has a periodic spanwise structure. The dependence of shedding frequency on velocity was successfully used to measure flow velocity. Measurements in the wake of a ring showed that an annular vortex street is developed.

Roshko, Anatol

1953-01-01

94

Use of Individual Flight Corridors to Avoid Vortex Wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Vortex wakes of aircraft pose a hazard to following aircraft until the energetic parts of their flow fields have decayed to a harmless level. It is suggested here that in-trail spacings between aircraft can be significantly and safely reduced by designing an individual, vortex-free flight corridor for each aircraft. Because each aircraft will then have its own flight corridor, which is free of vortex wakes while in use by the assigned aircraft, the time intervals between aircraft operations can be safely reduced to the order of seconds. The productivity of airports can then be substantially increased. How large the offset distances between operational corridors need to be to have them vortex free, and how airports need to be changed to accommodate an individual flight-corridor process for landing and takeoff operations, are explored. Estimates are then made of the productivity of an individual flight-corridor system as a function of the in-trail time interval between operations for various values of wake decay time, runway width, and the velocity of a sidewind. The results confirm the need for short time intervals between aircraft operations if smaller offset distances and increased productivity are to be achieved.

Rossow, Vernon J.

2001-01-01

95

Dynamic Wind Loads and Vortex Structures in the Wake of a Wind Turbine  

Microsoft Academic Search

We report an experimental study to characterize the dynamic wind loads and evolution of wake vortex flow structures downstream of a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT). The experiments were conducted in a wind tunnel with a wind turbine model placed in a boundary layer flow developed over rough and smooth surfaces in order to study the effects of roughness and

Hui Hu; Zifeng Yang; Partha Sarkar

2010-01-01

96

Rotor blade-vortex interaction impulsive noise source identification and correlation with rotor wake predictions  

Microsoft Academic Search

An acoustic source localization scheme applicable to noncompact moving sources is developed and applied to the blade-vortex interaction (BVI) noise data of a 40-percent scale BO-105 model rotor. A generalized rotor wake code is employed to predict possible VBI locations on the rotor disk and is found quite useful in interpreting the acoustic localization results. The highly varying directivity patterns

W. R. Splettstoesser; K. J. Schultz; Ruth M. Martin

1987-01-01

97

Characterizing the Hazard of a Wake Vortex Encounter  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is conducting research with the goal of enabling safe improvements in the capacity of the nation's air transportation system. The wake vortex upset hazard is an important factor in establishing the minimum safe spacing between aircraft during landing and take-off operations, thus impacting airport capacity. Static and free-flight wind tunnel tests and flight tests have provided an extensive data set for improved understanding of vortex encounter dynamics and simulation. Piloted and batch simulation studies are also ongoing to establish a first-order hazard metric and determine the limits of an operationally acceptable wake induced upset. This paper outlines NASA's research in these areas.

Vicroy, Dan D.; Brandon, Jay; Greene, George; Rivers, Robert; Shah, Gautam; Stewart, Eric; Stuever, Robert

1998-01-01

98

Evaluation of the discrete vortex wake cross flow model using vector computers. Part 2: User's manual for DIVORCE  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The users manual for the Discrete Vortex Cross flow Evaluator (DIVORCE) computer program is presented. DIVORCE was developed in FORTRAN 4 for the DCD 6600 and CDC 7600 machines. Optimal calls to a NASA vector subroutine package are provided for use with the CDC 7600.

Deffenbaugh, F. D.; Vitz, J. F.

1979-01-01

99

Vortex age as a wake turbulence scaling parameter  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Research which was conducted to determine the significance of vortex age as a scaling parameter in wake turbulence development and dissipation is reported. Tests were conducted at three angles of attack, three free stream speeds, and seven downstream positions from 2 to 30 chordlengths using an NACA 0012 wing and a five hole yawhead pitot probe. The end surface of the wing tip was flat. Speeds were selected to give a predetermined range of vortex ages. The complete velocity structure of the vortex was measured at each station and speed. The resulting plots of maximum tangential velocity and vortex core diameter versus downstream distance and vortex age indicate that vortex age is not a self sufficient scaling parameter. In addition to the expected effect of lift coefficient there is also a definite free stream speed influence at high wing angles of attack. The exact cause and nature of this effect is not fully understood, but it does not appear to be explainable in terms of Mach number or Reynolds number; however, the influence of tip edge shape on spanwise flow separation appears to be an important factor.

Marshall, J. R.; Marchman, J. F., III

1973-01-01

100

Measurement of Vortex Strength and Core Diameter in the Wake of a Hovering Rotor  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Detailed hot wire measurements have been acquired in the tip vortex of a three-bladed model tilt rotor in hover. Testing was conducted at a rotor tip speed of 752 ft/sec, a Reynolds number (based on blade tip chord) of 1.77 x 10(exp 6), for thrust coefficients up to 0.0160. A figure shows the hot wire mounted above the inverted rotor at the Outside Aerodynamic Rotor Facility (OARF) at NASA Ames Research Center. Strobed shadowgraph flow visualization was used to define the vortex trajectory as an aid in hot wire positioning. Considerable variations in tip vortex structure with time were observed, even from the same blade, under essentially uniform test conditions. The only velocity signatures analyzed were those corresponding to passage of the probe directly through the center of the vortex. These time histories were ensemble averaged after compensating for jitter in the vortex arrival time at the probe, thereby retaining the core structure with minimal smearing. An example of a mean velocity signature, after ensemble averaging, is shown. The mean velocity signature was analyzed under the assumption of constant (unknown) translation speed of the vortex filament past the fixed probe. The translation speed of the vortex is deduced and the vortex strength and core diameter inferred. The results were highly unexpected. The indicated vortex strength is seen to decrease rapidly after first blade passage. In addition, the core radius is seen to decrease with increasing wake age, not increase as might be expected from simple diffusion.

Wadcock, Alan J.

1997-01-01

101

Validation of Vortex-Lattice Method for loads on wings in lift-generated wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A study is described that evaluates the accuracy of vortex-lattice methods when they are used to compute the loads induced on aircraft as they encounter lift-generated wakes. The evaluation is accomplished by use of measurements made in the 80- by 120-foot wind tunnel of the lift, rolling-moment, and downwash in the wake of three configurations of a model of a subsonic transport aircraft. The downwash measurements are used as input for a vortex-lattice code in order to compute the lift and rolling moment induced on wings that have a span of 0.186, 0.510, or 1.022 times the span of the wake-generating model. Comparison of the computed results with the measured lift and rolling moment distributions are used to determine the accuracy of the vortex-lattice code. It was found that the vortex-lattice method is very reliable as long as the span of the encountering of following wing is less than about 0.2 of the generator span. As the span of the following wing increases above 0.2, the vortex-lattice method continues to correctly predict the trends and nature of the induced loads, but it overpredicts the magnitude of the loads by increasing amounts. The increase in deviation of the computed from the measured loads with size of the following wing is attributed to the increase in distortion of the structure of the vortex wake as it approaches and passes the larger following wings.

Rossow, J.

1994-01-01

102

An Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS) for Dynamical Wake Vortex Spacing Criteria  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A concept is presented for the development and implementation of a prototype Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS). The purpose of the AVOSS is to use current and short-term predictions of the atmospheric state in approach and departure corridors to provide, to ATC facilities, dynamical weather dependent separation criteria with adequate stability and lead time for use in establishing arrival scheduling. The AVOSS will accomplish this task through a combination of wake vortex transport and decay predictions, weather state knowledge, defined aircraft operational procedures and corridors, and wake vortex safety sensors. Work is currently underway to address the critical disciplines and knowledge needs so as to implement and demonstrate a prototype AVOSS in the 1999/2000 time frame.

Hinton, D. A.

1996-01-01

103

Validation of Vortex-Lattice Method for Loads on Wings in Lift-Generated Wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A study is described that evaluates the accuracy of vortex-lattice methods when they are used to compute the loads induced on aircraft as they encounter lift-generated wakes. The evaluation is accomplished by the use of measurements made in the 80 by 120 ft Wind Tunnel of the lift, rolling moment, and downwash in the wake of three configurations of a model of a subsonic transport aircraft. The downwash measurements are used as input for a vortex-lattice code in order to compute the lift and rolling moment induced on wings that have a span of 0.186, 0.510, or 1.022 times the span of the wake-generating model. Comparison of the computed results with the measured lift and rolling-moment distributions the vortex-lattice method is very reliable as long as the span of the encountering or following wing is less than about 0.2 of the generator span. As the span of the following wing increases above 0.2, the vortex-lattice method continues to correctly predict the trends and nature of the induced loads, but it overpredicts the magnitude of the loads by increasing amounts.

Rossow, Vernon J.

1995-01-01

104

NASA AVOSS Fast-Time Wake Prediction Models: User's Guide  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing and testing fast-time wake transport and decay models to safely enhance the capacity of the National Airspace System (NAS). The fast-time wake models are empirical algorithms used for real-time predictions of wake transport and decay based on aircraft parameters and ambient weather conditions. The aircraft dependent parameters include the initial vortex descent velocity and the vortex pair separation distance. The atmospheric initial conditions include vertical profiles of temperature or potential temperature, eddy dissipation rate, and crosswind. The current distribution includes the latest versions of the APA (3.4) and the TDP (2.1) models. This User's Guide provides detailed information on the model inputs, file formats, and the model output. An example of a model run and a brief description of the Memphis 1995 Wake Vortex Dataset is also provided.

Ahmad, Nash'at N.; VanValkenburg, Randal L.; Pruis, Matthew

2014-01-01

105

Real-Time Visualization of Wake-Vortex Simulations Using Computational Steering and Beowulf Clusters  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper, we present the design and implementation of POSSE, a new, lightweight computational steering system based on a client\\/server pro- gramming model. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this software system by illustrating its use for a visualization client designed for a particularly demand- ing real-time application—wake-vortex simulations for multiple aircraft running on a parallel Beowulf cluster. We describe

Anirudh Modi; Lyle N. Long; Paul E. Plassmann

2002-01-01

106

Far-Field Turbulent Vortex-Wake/Exhaust Plume Interaction for Subsonic and HSCT Airplanes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Computational study of the far-field turbulent vortex-wake/exhaust plume interaction for subsonic and high speed civil transport (HSCT) airplanes is carried out. The Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (NS) equations are solved using the implicit, upwind, Roe-flux-differencing, finite-volume scheme. The two-equation shear stress transport model of Menter is implemented with the NS solver for turbulent-flow calculation. For the far-field study, the computations of vortex-wake interaction with the exhaust plume of a single engine of a Boeing 727 wing in a holding condition and two engines of an HSCT in a cruise condition are carried out using overlapping zonal method for several miles downstream. These results are obtained using the computer code FTNS3D. The results of the subsonic flow of this code are compared with those of a parabolized NS solver known as the UNIWAKE code.

Kandil, Osama A.; Adam, Ihab; Wong, Tin-Chee

1996-01-01

107

A family of vortex wakes for bird flight at different speeds.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Theoretical models of bird flight based on presumed distributions of vorticity in the wake are popular and occasionally sophisticated. However, owing to the practical difficulties in making direct measurements on unsteady flows behind animals in free flight, they are based primarily on presumed, rather than observed, wake structures. Furthermore, the data that do exist in the literature are at one or two characteristic flight speeds only, and so the critical questions concerning possible changes in wake structure with flight speed for an individual have been answered by creative extrapolation from very few data points. Here, for the first time, the wake structre of a single bird (a thrush nightingale) is measured over its entire range of natural flight speeds (4-11 m/s). The bird was trained to fly steadily in a low-turbulence wind tunnel, and the wake flow was measured using the custom BPIV method described in a companion talk in the Experimental Methods session. At most flight speeds the wake structure is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the commonly-invoked vortex loop or constant circulation models. Some consequences of these differences will be briefly discussed.

Hedenstrom, A.; Rosen, M.; Spedding, G. R.

2002-11-01

108

Spectral Characteristics of Wake Vortex Sound During Roll-Up  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report presents an analysis of the sound spectra generated by a trailing aircraft vortex during its rolling-up process. The study demonstrates that a rolling-up vortex could produce low frequency (less than 100 Hz) sound with very high intensity (60 dB above threshold of human hearing) at a distance of 200 ft from the vortex core. The spectrum then drops o rapidly thereafter. A rigorous analytical approach has been adopted in this report to derive the spectrum of vortex sound. First, the sound pressure was solved from an alternative treatment of the Lighthill s acoustic analogy approach [1]. After the application of Green s function for free space, a tensor analysis was applied to permit the removal of the source term singularity of the wave equation in the far field. Consequently, the sound pressure is expressed in terms of the retarded time that indicates the time history and spacial distribution of the sound source. The Fourier transformation is then applied to the sound pressure to compute its spectrum. As a result, the Fourier transformation greatly simplifies the expression of the vortex sound pressure involving the retarded time, so that the numerical computation is applicable with ease for axisymmetric line vortices during the rolling-up process. The vortex model assumes that the vortex circulation is proportional to the time and the core radius is a constant. In addition, the velocity profile is assumed to be self-similar along the aircraft flight path, so that a benchmark vortex velocity profile can be devised to obtain a closed form solution, which is then used to validate the numerical calculations for other more realistic vortex profiles for which no closed form solutions are available. The study suggests that acoustic sensors operating at low frequency band could be profitably deployed for detecting the vortex sound during the rolling-up process.

Booth, Earl R., Jr. (Technical Monitor); Zhang, Yan; Wang, Frank Y.; Hardin, Jay C.

2003-01-01

109

Volumetric imaging of shark tail hydrodynamics reveals a three-dimensional dual-ring vortex wake structure  

PubMed Central

Understanding how moving organisms generate locomotor forces is fundamental to the analysis of aerodynamic and hydrodynamic flow patterns that are generated during body and appendage oscillation. In the past, this has been accomplished using two-dimensional planar techniques that require reconstruction of three-dimensional flow patterns. We have applied a new, fully three-dimensional, volumetric imaging technique that allows instantaneous capture of wake flow patterns, to a classic problem in functional vertebrate biology: the function of the asymmetrical (heterocercal) tail of swimming sharks to capture the vorticity field within the volume swept by the tail. These data were used to test a previous three-dimensional reconstruction of the shark vortex wake estimated from two-dimensional flow analyses, and show that the volumetric approach reveals a different vortex wake not previously reconstructed from two-dimensional slices. The hydrodynamic wake consists of one set of dual-linked vortex rings produced per half tail beat. In addition, we use a simple passive shark-tail model under robotic control to show that the three-dimensional wake flows of the robotic tail differ from the active tail motion of a live shark, suggesting that active control of kinematics and tail stiffness plays a substantial role in the production of wake vortical patterns.

Flammang, Brooke E.; Lauder, George V.; Troolin, Daniel R.; Strand, Tyson

2011-01-01

110

Volumetric imaging of shark tail hydrodynamics reveals a three-dimensional dual-ring vortex wake structure.  

PubMed

Understanding how moving organisms generate locomotor forces is fundamental to the analysis of aerodynamic and hydrodynamic flow patterns that are generated during body and appendage oscillation. In the past, this has been accomplished using two-dimensional planar techniques that require reconstruction of three-dimensional flow patterns. We have applied a new, fully three-dimensional, volumetric imaging technique that allows instantaneous capture of wake flow patterns, to a classic problem in functional vertebrate biology: the function of the asymmetrical (heterocercal) tail of swimming sharks to capture the vorticity field within the volume swept by the tail. These data were used to test a previous three-dimensional reconstruction of the shark vortex wake estimated from two-dimensional flow analyses, and show that the volumetric approach reveals a different vortex wake not previously reconstructed from two-dimensional slices. The hydrodynamic wake consists of one set of dual-linked vortex rings produced per half tail beat. In addition, we use a simple passive shark-tail model under robotic control to show that the three-dimensional wake flows of the robotic tail differ from the active tail motion of a live shark, suggesting that active control of kinematics and tail stiffness plays a substantial role in the production of wake vortical patterns. PMID:21543357

Flammang, Brooke E; Lauder, George V; Troolin, Daniel R; Strand, Tyson

2011-12-22

111

Vortex wake and flight kinematics of a swift in cruising flight in a wind tunnel.  

PubMed

In this paper we describe the flight characteristics of a swift (Apus apus) in cruising flight at three different flight speeds (8.0, 8.4 and 9.2 m s(-1)) in a low turbulence wind tunnel. The wingbeat kinematics were recorded by high-speed filming and the wake of the bird was visualized by digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV). Certain flight characteristics of the swift differ from those of previously studied species. As the flight speed increases, the angular velocity of the wingbeat remains constant, and so as the wingbeat amplitude increases, the frequency decreases accordingly, as though the flight muscles were contracting at a fixed rate. The wings are also comparatively inflexible and are flexed or retracted rather little during the upstroke. The upstroke is always aerodynamically active and this is reflected in the wake, where shedding of spanwise vorticity occurs throughout the wingbeat. Although the wake superficially resembles those of other birds in cruising flight, with a pair of trailing wingtip vortices connected by spanwise vortices, the continuous shedding of first positive vorticity during the downstroke and then negative vorticity during the upstroke suggests a wing whose circulation is gradually increasing and then decreasing during the wingbeat cycle. The wake (and implied wing aerodynamics) are not well described by discrete vortex loop models, but a new wake-based model, where incremental spanwise and streamwise variations of the wake impulse are integrated over the wingbeat, shows good agreement of the vertical momentum flux with the required weight support. The total drag was also estimated from the wake alone, and the calculated lift:drag ratio of approximately 13 for flapping flight is the highest measured yet for birds. PMID:18281334

Henningsson, P; Spedding, G R; Hedenström, A

2008-03-01

112

Effect of Velocity Ratio on the Streamwise Vortex Structures in the Wake of a Stack  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The time-averaged velocity and streamwise vorticity fields within the wake of a short stack were investigated in a low-speed wind tunnel using a seven-hole pressure probe. The stack was mounted normal to a ground plane and was partially immersed in a flat-plate turbulent boundary layer. The jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratio was varied from R = 0 to 3, which covered the downwash, cross-wind-dominated and jet-dominated flow regimes. In the downwash and cross-wind-dominated flow regimes, two pairs of counter-rotating streamwise vortex structures were identified within the stack wake. The tip-vortex pair and base-vortex pair were similar to those found in the wake of a finite circular cylinder, located close to the free end and the base of the stack, respectively. In the jet-dominated flow regime, a third pair of streamwise vortex structures was observed, referred to as the jet-wake vortex pair, which occurred within the jet-wake region above the free end of the stack. The jet-wake vortex pair has the same orientation as the base vortex pair and is associated with the jet rise.

Adaramola, M. S.; Sumner, D.; Bergstrom, D. J.

113

Dynamic Wind Loads and Vortex Structures in the Wake of a Wind Turbine  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report an experimental study to characterize the dynamic wind loads and evolution of wake vortex flow structures downstream of a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT). The experiments were conducted in a wind tunnel with a wind turbine model placed in a boundary layer flow developed over rough and smooth surfaces in order to study the effects of roughness and the resulting velocity and turbulence fields on the wake characteristics and fatigue loads acting on the wind turbine. In addition to measuring dynamic wind loads (both aerodynamic forces and moments) acting on the wind turbine model using a six-component load cell, a high-resolution Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) system was used to make phase-locked flow field measurements to quantify the time-evolution of the wake vortex and turbulence flow structures shedding from wind turbine blades. The detailed flow field measurements were correlated with the wind load measurements to elucidate the underlying physics associated with turbine power generation and fatigue loads acting on wind turbines.

Hu, Hui; Yang, Zifeng; Sarkar, Partha

2010-11-01

114

An experimental investigation of bending wave instability modes in a generic four-vortex wake  

SciTech Connect

An experimental study of a planar wake consisting of four vortices that simulate the trailing vortex wakes generated by transport airplanes in either takeoff or landing configurations is presented. The objective of this study was to examine naturally occurring wake instabilities. Specifically, the focus of the study was centered on bending wave instabilities of which the Crow instability represents a particular case. A unique method of generating a four-vortex wake was developed for this study. The four-vortex wake generating device permitted direct variation of the spacing between vortices as well as control over the vortex circulation strength. Two quantitative flow visualization experiments were instrumental in identifying wake configurations that were conducive to the rapid growth of bending wave modes and in the identification of the long-wavelength mode. Detailed experiments were also conducted to examine the flow structure in the near-field or roll-up region using a four sensor, hot-wire probe that could measure all three velocity components in the wake simultaneously. The results of both the flow visualization and hot-wire experiments indicate that the long-wavelength mode and the first short-wavelength mode likely dominate the far-field wake physics and may potentially be utilized in a wake control strategy.

Babie, Brian M.; Nelson, Robert C. [Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (United States)

2010-07-15

115

Cellular vortex shedding in the wake of a tapered plate at low Reynolds number  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The unsteady near wake behind a linearly tapered plate has been investigated numerically. The tapering made the Reynolds number based on the inflow velocity and the local width of the plate vary from 25 to 100. The wake flow comprised three different flow regimes coexisting side by side. The wake flow was steady behind the narrow end of the plate. Periodic vortex shedding occurred downstream from where the local Reynolds number exceeded 32. Vortex dislocations enabled a cellular shedding pattern with shedding frequency decreasing toward the wide end of the plate. The regular oblique vortex shedding near midspan was subjected to three-dimensional scrambling toward the wide end of the plate which gave rise to streamwise-oriented vortex structures. The Strouhal number was distinctly lower than in the wake of a uniform plate whereas the base pressure coefficient was substantially higher.

Khaledi, Hatef A.; Narasimhamurthy, Vagesh D.; Andersson, Helge I.

2009-01-01

116

Thrust Production and Wake Structure of an Actuated Lamprey Model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thrust generation is studied for a flexible lamprey model which is actuated periodically to produce a streamwise traveling wave. Shape memory alloy actuators are used to achieve this deformation. The flow field is investigated using DPIV and flow visualization for a range of Strouhal numbers based on peak-to-peak amplitude of the trailing edge. The vortex kinematics in the spanwise and streamwise planes are examined, and a three-dimensional unsteady vortex model of the wake will be discussed.

Buchholz, James; Smits, Alexander

2004-11-01

117

Computation of vortex wake flows and control of their effects on trailing wings  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The near-vortex-wake flow of a large aspect-ratio rectangular wing is accurately computed by using the thin-layer and full Navier-Stokes (NS) equations. The chordwise section of the wing is a NACA-0012 airfoil and its tip is round. The computations have been carried out on a fine C-O grid using an implicit, upwind, flux-difference splitting, finite-volume scheme. The thin-layer NS results have been obtained with and without flux limiters, and the full NS results have been obtained without flux limiters. Flow transition from laminar to turbulent is mimicked by turning-on the Baldwin-Lomax algebraic model at an experimentally prescribed chord-station location of 0.05. Comparison of computed results and experimental data shows that the full NS results give the best resolution of the near-vortex-wake flow. Next, the strength of the wing-tip vortex has been reduced substantially without reducing the lift coefficient by using flow-injection from a slot along a portion of the wing tip. The flow injection is directed in the wing plane at 45 deg with the wing-tip chord.

Wong, Tin-Chee; Kandil, Osama A.; Liu, C. H.

1992-01-01

118

A comparison of airborne wake vortex detection measurements with values predicted from potential theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An analysis of flight measurements made near a wake vortex was conducted to explore the feasibility of providing a pilot with useful wake avoidance information. The measurements were made with relatively low cost flow and motion sensors on a light airplane flying near the wake vortex of a turboprop airplane weighing approximately 90000 lbs. Algorithms were developed which removed the response of the airplane to control inputs from the total airplane response and produced parameters which were due solely to the flow field of the vortex. These parameters were compared with values predicted by potential theory. The results indicated that the presence of the vortex could be detected by a combination of parameters derived from the simple sensors. However, the location and strength of the vortex cannot be determined without additional and more accurate sensors.

Stewart, Eric C.

1991-01-01

119

Effect of velocity ratio on the streamwise vortex structures in the wake of a stack  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The time-averaged velocity and streamwise vorticity fields within the wake of a stack were investigated in a low-speed wind tunnel using a seven-hole pressure probe. The experiments were conducted at a Reynolds number, based on the stack external diameter, of ReD=2.3×104. The stack, of aspect ratio AR=9, was mounted normal to a ground plane and was partially immersed in a flat-plate turbulent boundary layer, where the ratio of the boundary layer thickness to the stack height was ?/H?0.5. The jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratio was varied from R=0 to 3, which covered the downwash, crosswind-dominated and jet-dominated flow regimes. In the downwash and crosswind-dominated flow regimes, two pairs of counter-rotating streamwise vortex structures were identified within the stack wake. The tip vortex pair located close to the free end of the stack, and the base vortex pair located close to the ground plane within the flat-plate boundary layer, were similar to those found in the wake of a finite circular cylinder, and were associated with the upwash and downwash flow fields within the stack wake, respectively. In the jet-dominated flow regime, a third pair of streamwise vortex structures was observed, referred to as the jet-wake vortex pair, which occurred within the jet-wake region above the free end of the stack. The jet-wake vortex pair had the same orientation as the base vortex pair and was associated with the jet rise. The peak vorticity and strength of the streamwise vortex structures were functions of the jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratio. For the tip vortex structures, their peak vorticity and strength reduced as the jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratio increased.

Adaramola, M. S.; Sumner, D.; Bergstrom, D. J.

2010-01-01

120

Effect of wake structure on blade-vortex interaction phenomena: Acoustic prediction and validation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

During the Higher Harmonic Control Aeroacoustic Rotor Test, extensive measurements of the rotor aerodynamics, the far-field acoustics, the wake geometry, and the blade motion for powered, descent, flight conditions were made. These measurements have been used to validate and improve the prediction of blade-vortex interaction (BVI) noise. The improvements made to the BVI modeling after the evaluation of the test data are discussed. The effects of these improvements on the acoustic-pressure predictions are shown. These improvements include restructuring the wake, modifying the core size, incorporating the measured blade motion into the calculations, and attempting to improve the dynamic blade response. A comparison of four different implementations of the Ffowcs Williams and Hawkings equation is presented. A common set of aerodynamic input has been used for this comparison.

Gallman, Judith M.; Tung, Chee; Schultz, Klaus J.; Splettstoesser, Wolf; Buchholz, Heino

1995-01-01

121

Separation of Lift-Generated Vortex Wakes Into Two Diverging Parts  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

As part of an ongoing study of the spreading rate of lift-generated vortex wakes, the present investigation considers possible reasons as to why segments of lift-generated wakes sometimes depart from the main part of the wake to move rapidly in either an upward or downward direction. It is assumed that deficiencies or enhancements of the lift carry over across the fuselage-shrouded wing are the driving mechanism for departures of wake-segments. The computations presented first indicate that upwardly departing wake segments that were observed and photographed could have been produced by a deficiency in lift carryover across the fuselage-shrouded part of the wing. Computations made of idealized vortex wakes indicate that upward departure of a wake segment requires a centerline reduction in the span loading of 70% or more, whether the engines are at idle or robust thrust. Similarly, it was found that downward departure of wake segments is produced when the lift over the center part of the wing is enhanced. However, it was also found that downward departures do not occur without the presence of robust engine-exhaust streams (i.e., engines must NOT be at idle). In those cases, downward departures of a wake segment occurs when the centerline value of the loading is enhanced by any amount between about 10% to 100%. Observations of condensation trails indicate that downward departure of wake segments is rare. Upward departures of wake segments appears to be more common but still rare. A study to determine the part of the aircraft that causes wake departures has not been carried out. However, even though departures of wake segments rarely occur, some aircraft do regularly shed these wake structures. If aircraft safety is to be assured to a high degree of reliability, and a solution for eliminating them is not implemented, existing guidelines for the avoidance of vortex wakes [1,3] may need to be broadened to include possible increases in wake sizes caused by vertical departures of wake segments. Further study may indicate that it is not possible to modify existing aircraft enough to prevent wake departures. Wake-avoidance guidelines must then be adjusted to provide the desired degree of safety. It appears that steps to avoid upwardly moving wake segments have already been incorporated into the avoidance procedures used for aircraft on approach to runways at the Frankfurt Airport [6,7]. The uncertainty in the prospects for compromises in flight safety caused by rapidly upwardly or downwardly moving wake segments suggest that it be specified that aircraft do not fly above or below each other during operations in the airport vicinity where aircraft are likely to be closely spaced [20].

Rossow, Vernon J.; Brown, Anthony P.

2010-01-01

122

Unsteady vortex lattice techniques applied to wake formation and performance of the statically thrusting propeller  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The application is considered of vortex lattice techniques to the problem of describing the aerodynamics and performance of statically thrusting propellers. A numerical lifting surface theory to predict the aerodynamic forces and power is performed. The chordwise and spanwise loading is modelled by bound vortices fixed to a twisted flat plate surface. In order to eliminate any apriori assumptions regarding the wake shape, it is assumed the propeller starts from rest. The wake is generated in time and allowed to deform under its own self-induced velocity field as the motion of the propeller progresses. The bound circulation distribution is then determined with time by applying the flow tangency boundary condition at certain selected control points on the blades. The aerodynamics of the infinite wing and finite wing are also considered. The details of wake formation and roll-up are investigated, particularly the localized induction effect. It is concluded that proper wake roll-up and roll-up rates can be established by considering the details of motion at the instant of start.

Hall, G. F.

1975-01-01

123

Wake vortex detection at Denver Stapleton Airport with a pulsed 2-micron coherent lidar  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report describes the effort undertaken to relate aircraft wake history to the local environment. This involved the monitoring of the embedded windfield, monitoring of local meteorological parameters, a high-resolution velocity field analysis in vertical scan planes and measurement of the axial velocity signature. A flashlight pumped 2.09 micron solid state coherent laser radar system was used to detect and track wake vortices. Strong wake vortex signatures were measured for moderate to large aircraft at Denver's Stapleton airport and a large vortex database was compiled.

Hannon, Stephen M.; Thomson, J. Alex

1994-01-01

124

A near wake model for trailing vorticity compared with the blade element momentum theory  

Microsoft Academic Search

A near wake model for trailing vorticity originally proposed by Beddoes for high-resolution helicopter blade vortex interaction computations has been implemented and compared with the usual blade element momentum models used for wind turbine calculations. The model is in principle a lifting line model for the rotating blade, where only a quarter revolution of the wake system behind the blade

Helge Aagaard Madsen; Flemming Rasmussen

2004-01-01

125

Numerical simulation of unsteady vortex structures in near wake of poorly streamlined bodies on multiprocessor computer system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

On the basis of the conservative difference method, spatially unsteady flows near complexly shaped objects are studied. The mathematical model is based on the inviscid gas model. For subsonic, transonic, and supersonic regimes, the nonstationary aerodynamics of various aerospace objects is examined. The three-dimensional structure of the unsteady vortex near wake and its influence on the basic aerodynamic characteristics of aerial vehicles are visualized. The numerical simulation is performed using parallel algorithms on supercomputers of cluster architecture.

Babakov, A. V.; Novikov, P. A.

2011-02-01

126

Conformal FDTD modeling wake fields  

SciTech Connect

Many computer codes have been written to model wake fields. Here we describe the use of the Conformal Finite Difference Time Domain (CFDTD) method to model the wake fields generated by a rigid beam traveling through various accelerating structures. The non- cylindrical symmetry of some of the problems considered here requires the use of a three dimensional code. In traditional FDTD codes, curved surfaces are approximated by rectangular steps. The errors introduced in wake field calculations by such an approximation can be reduced by increasing the mesh size, therefore increasing the cost of computing. Another approach, validated here, deforms Ampere and Faraday contours near a media interface so as to conform to the interface. These improvements of the FDTD method result in better accuracy of the fields at asymptotically no computational cost. This method is also capable of modeling thin wires as found in beam profile monitors, and slots and cracks as found in resistive wall motions. 4 refs., 5 figs.

Jurgens, T.; Harfoush, F.

1991-05-01

127

Rotor Wake Vortex Definition: Initial Evaluation of 3-C PIV Results of the Hart-II Study  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An initial evaluation is made of extensive three-component (3C) particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements within the wake across a rotor disk plane. The model is a 40 percent scale BO-105 helicopter main rotor in forward flight simulation. This study is part of the HART II test program conducted in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel (DNW). Included are wake vortex field measurements over the advancing and retreating sides of the rotor operating at a typical descent landing condition important for impulsive blade-vortex interaction (BVI) noise. Also included are advancing side results for rotor angle variations from climb to steep descent. Using detailed PIV vector maps of the vortex fields, methods of extracting key vortex parameters are examined and a new method was developed and evaluated. An objective processing method, involving a center-of-vorticity criterion and a vorticity 'disk' integration, was used to determine vortex core size, strength, core velocity distribution characteristics, and unsteadiness. These parameters are mapped over the rotor disk and offer unique physical insight for these parameters of importance for rotor noise and vibration prediction.

Burley, Casey L.; Brooks, Thomas F.; vanderWall, Berend; Richard, Hughes; Raffel, Markus; Beaumier, Philippe; Delrieux, Yves; Lim, Joon W.; Yu, Yung H.; Tung, Chee

2002-01-01

128

A study of the interaction between a wake vortex and an encountering airplane  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An analytical study of the mutual interaction between a wake vortex and an encountering airplane has been conducted. The interaction was calculated on the basis of conservation of angular momentum of the wake vortex and the encountering airplane in the roll axis. For the nominal conditions assumed in the study, the interaction reduced the roll response in the lust second by 20 percent compared to the classical method of calculating the response. However, depending on the conditions assumed, the reduction varied from 0 to 30 percent which could be highly significant in determining separation standards for airplanes. Controlled experiments are needed to determine the exact amount of interaction.

Stewart, E. C.

1993-01-01

129

Periodic vortex shedding in the supersonic wake of a planar plate  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Vortex sheets in the wake have been mainly studied in incompressible flows and in the transonic region. Heinemann et al. (1976) have shown that for the subsonic region the Strouhal number is nearly independent of the Mach number. Motallebi and Norbury (1981) have observed an increase in the Strouhal number in transonic supersonic flow at Mach numbers up to 1.25. The present investigation is concerned with an extension of the studies of vortex shedding to higher supersonic Mach numbers, taking into account questions regarding the possibility of a generation of stable von Karman vortex paths in the considered Mach number range. It is found that the vortex sheet observed in a supersonic wake behind a rough plate is only stable and reproducible in cases involving a certain surface roughness and certain aspects of trailing edge geometry.

Xing, W. F.; Marenbach, G.

1985-01-01

130

Progress Towards the Investigation of Technical Issues Relevant to the Design of an Aircraft Wake Vortex Advisory System (WakeVAS)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Wake vortex separations applied to aircraft during instrument operations have been shown to potentially introduce inefficiencies in air traffic operations during certain weather conditions conducive to short duration wake hazards between pairs of landing aircraft. NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) demonstrated an integration of technologies that provided real-time observations and predictions of aircraft wake behavior, from which reduced wake spacing from the current criteria was derived. In order to take this proof of concept to an operational prototype system, NASA has been working in cooperation with the FAA and other government and industry members to design operational concepts for a Wake Vortex Advisory System (WakeVAS). In addition to concept development, open research issues are being addressed and activities to quantify system requirements and specifications are currently underway. This paper describes the technological issues relevant to WakeVAS development and current NASA efforts to address these issues.

Rutishauser, David K.

2003-01-01

131

Analysis of the Radar Reflectivity of Aircraft Vortex Wakes.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Radar has been proposed as a way to track wake vortices to reduce aircraft spacing and tests have revealed radar echoes from aircraft wakes in clear air. The results are always interpreted qualitatively using Tatarski's theory of weak scattering by isotro...

K. Shariff A. Wray

2000-01-01

132

Characterizing the wake vortex signature for an active line of sight remote sensor. M.S. Thesis Technical Report No. 19  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A recurring phenomenon, described as a wake vortex, develops as an aircraft approaches the runway to land. As the aircraft moves along the runway, each of the wing tips generates a spiraling and expanding cone of air. During the lifetime of this turbulent event, conditions exist over the runway which can be hazardous to following aircraft, particularly when a small aircraft is following a large aircraft. Left to themselves, these twin vortex patterns will converge toward each other near the center of the runway, harmlessly dissipating through interaction with each other or by contact with the ground. Unfortunately, the time necessary to disperse the vortex is often not predictable, and at busy airports can severely impact terminal area productivity. Rudimentary methods of avoidance are in place. Generally, time delays between landing aircraft are based on what is required to protect a small aircraft. Existing ambient wind conditions can complicate the situation. Reliable detection and tracking of a wake vortex hazard is a major technical problem which can significantly impact runway productivity. Landing minimums could be determined on the basis of the actual hazard rather than imposed on the basis of a worst case scenario. This work focuses on using a windfield description of a wake vortex to generate line-of-sight Doppler velocity truth data appropriate to an arbitrarily located active sensor such as a high resolution radar or lidar. The goal is to isolate a range Doppler signature of the vortex phenomenon that can be used to improve detection. Results are presented based on use of a simplified model of a wake vortex pattern. However, it is important to note that the method of analysis can easily be applied to any vortex model used to generate a windfield snapshot. Results involving several scan strategies are shown for a point sensor with a range resolution of 1 to 4 meters. Vortex signatures presented appear to offer potential for detection and tracking.

Heil, Robert Milton

1994-01-01

133

The effects of vortex modeling on blade-vortex interaction noise prediction  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The use of a blade vortex interaction noise prediction scheme, based on CAMRAD/JA, FPR and RAPP, quantifies the effects of errors and assumptions in the modeling of the helicopter's shed vortex on the acoustic predictions. CAMRAD/JA computes the wake geometry and inflow angles that are used in FPR to solve for the aerodynamic surface pressures. RAPP uses these surface pressures to predict the acoustic pressure. Both CAMRAD/JA and FPR utilize the Biot-Savart Law to determine the influence of the vortical velocities on the blade loading and both codes use an algebraic vortex model for the solid body rotation of the vortex core. Large changes in the specification of the vortex core size do not change the inplane wake geometry calculated by CAMRAD/JA and only slightly affect the out-of-plane wake geometry. However, the aerodynamic surface pressure calculated by FPR changes in both magnitude and character with small changes to the core size used by the FPR calculations. This in turn affects the acoustic predictions. Shifting the CAMRAD/JA wake geometry away from the rotor plane by 1/4 chord produces drastic changes in the acoustic predictions indicating that the prediction of acoustic pressure is extremely sensitive to the miss distance between the vortex and the blade and that this distance must be calculated as accurately as possible for acceptable noise predictions. The inclusion or exclusion of a vortex in the FPR-RAPP calculation allows for the determination of the relative importance of that vortex as a BVI noise source.

Gallman, Judith M.; Tung, Chee; Low, Scott L.

134

FLUTTER CLEARANCE FLIGHT TESTS OF AN OV-10A AIRPLANE MODIFIED FOR WAKE VORTEX FLIGHT EXPERIMENTS  

Microsoft Academic Search

SUMMARY Envelope expansion, flight flutter tests of a modified OV-10A aircraft are described. For a wake vortex research program, the airplane was modified to incorporate three, forward-extending instrumentation booms, one extending forward from each wing tip and one from the right side of the fuselage. The booms are instrumented with sensors to measure the velocity and direction of local air

Robert V. Doggett; Eric C. Stewart

135

Mesoscale Simulation Data for Initializing Fast-Time Wake Transport and Decay Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The fast-time wake transport and decay models require vertical profiles of crosswinds, potential temperature and the eddy dissipation rate as initial conditions. These inputs are normally obtained from various field sensors. In case of data-denied scenarios or operational use, these initial conditions can be provided by mesoscale model simulations. In this study, the vertical profiles of potential temperature from a mesoscale model were used as initial conditions for the fast-time wake models. The mesoscale model simulations were compared against available observations and the wake model predictions were compared with the Lidar measurements from three wake vortex field experiments.

Ahmad, Nashat N.; Proctor, Fred H.; Vanvalkenburg, Randal L.; Pruis, Mathew J.; LimonDuparcmeur, Fanny M.

2012-01-01

136

History of Wake Vortex Research: Problems and Accomplishments  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Significant progress has been made in understanding vortex behavior but much remains to be done. The primary challenge is to bring "science" into operational use. Success will require cooperation from a diverse group of organizations.

Greene, George C.

1997-01-01

137

Vortex arrangement in the wake of rigid and flexible rapidly pitching airfoils at low Reynolds number  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An experimental investigation of the wake of an airfoil undergoing rapid pitch oscillation is conducted in a water tunnel at a chord Reynolds number of about 2000. Flow visualization is utilized to characterize the vortical patterns in the wake of the airfoil, which is constructed from a NACA 0036 profile fitted with an extended trailing edge with controllable flexibility. The spatial configuration of the vortices is extracted in terms of streamwise and cross-flow spacing over a range of pitching frequencies and amplitudes. We discuss how different levels of flexibility alter the vortex spacing parameters and the conditions under which the traditional Karman vortex pattern, corresponding to a wake profile, changes to the reverse Karman pattern associated with a jet profile.

Monnier, Bruno; Naguib, Ahmed; Koochesfahani, Manoochehr

2011-11-01

138

Video images of smoke dispersion in the near wake of a model building. Part 1. Temporal and spatial scales of vortex shedding  

Microsoft Academic Search

In a wind-tunnel study, recorded video images of smoke dispersion in the wake of a rectangular-shaped building were analyzed. A continuous source of smoke was emitted at floor level, midway along the leeward side of the building. Smoke was observed to build up within a region adjacent to the building. Then the smoke was periodically swept away by vortices shed

1988-01-01

139

Euromech 160 on Periodic Flow and Wake Phenomena  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Several areas of periodic flow and wake phenomena are addressed including vortex shedding, oscillator model theory, unsteady pressure, velocity fields, vortex formation, bluff body wakes, and wind induced vibrations.

140

Simulation of unsteady motion of a propeller in a fluid including free wake modeling  

Microsoft Academic Search

The problem of flow around a marine propeller performing a general 3D unsteady motion in an infinitely extended fluid is formulated and solved using a boundary element method. Hydrodynamic modeling of the freely moving—unsteady—trailing vortex sheet emanating from each blade is achieved, using vortex filaments and a time stepping method. Thus vortex wake–blade interaction can be taken correctly into consideration.

Gerasimos K. Politis

2004-01-01

141

Flow visualization of the wake of a transport aircraft model with lateral-control oscillations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An exploratory flow visualization study conducted in the Langley Vortex Research Facility to investigate the effectiveness of lateral control surface oscillations as a potential method for wake vortex attenuation on a 0.03 scale model of a wide body jet transport aircraft is described. Effects of both asymmetric surface oscillation (control surfaces move as with normal lateral control inputs) and symmetric surface oscillation (control surfaces move in phase) are presented. The asymmetric case simulated a flight maneuver which was previously investigated on the transport aircraft during NASA/FAA flight tests and which resulted in substantial wake vortex attenuation. Effects on the model wake vortex systems were observed by propelling the model through a two dimensional smoke screen perpendicular to the model flight path. Results are presented as photographic time histories of the wake characteristics recorded with high speed still cameras. Effects of oscillation on the wake roll up are described in some detail, and the amount of vortex attenuation observed is discussed in comparative terms. Findings were consistent with flight test results in that only a small amount of rotation was observed in the wake for the asymmetric case. A possible aerodynamic mechanism contributing to this attenuation is suggested.

Jordan, F. L., Jr.

1983-01-01

142

Introduction to Jet-Engine Exhaust and Trailing Vortex Wakes.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The report is a result of a survey of the immediately available literature on aircraft wakes. While it should not be considered the final word on the subject, it is a good general representation of techniques and problems involved. (Author) The simple, ap...

D. N. Jones

1970-01-01

143

A Method for Calculating Helicopter Vortex Paths and Wake Velocities.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

A simple method is developed for calculating the time averaged velocity field induced at large distances from the rotor by a helicopter in steady horizontal motion. The influence of the ground plane and of horizontal winds on the rotor wake and velocity f...

E. S. Levinsky T. Strand

1970-01-01

144

Characteristics of wake vortex generated by a Boeing 727 jet transport during two-segment and normal ILS approach flight paths  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A series of flight tests was conducted to evaluate the vortex wake characteristics of a Boeing 727 (B727-200) aircraft during conventional and two-segment ILS approaches. Twelve flights of the B727, which was equipped with smoke generators for vortex marking, were flown and its vortex wake was intentionally encountered by a Lear Jet model 23 (LR-23) and a Piper Twin Comanche (PA-30). Location of the B727 vortex during landing approach was measured using a system of photo-theodolites. The tests showed that at a given separation distance there were no readily apparent differences in the upsets resulting from deliberate vortex encounters during the two types of approaches. Timed mappings of the position of the landing configuration vortices showed that they tended to descend approximately 91 m(300 ft) below the flight path of the B727. The flaps of the B727 have a dominant effect on the character of the trailed wake vortex. The clean wing produces a strong, concentrated vortex but as the flaps are lowered, the vortex system becomes more diffuse. Pilot opinion and roll acceleration data indicate that 4.5 n.mi. would be a minimum separation distance at which roll control of light aircraft (less than 5,670 kg (12,500 lb) could be maintained during parallel encounters of the B727's landing configuration wake. This minimum separation distance is generally in scale with results determined from previous tests of other aircraft using the small roll control criteria.

Kurkowski, R. L.; Barber, M. R.; Garodz, L. J.

1976-01-01

145

Prediction and control of vortex-dominated and vortex-wake flows  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This progress report documents the accomplishments achieved in the period from December 1, 1992 until November 30, 1993. These accomplishments include publications, national and international presentations, NASA presentations, and the research group supported under this grant. Topics covered by documents incorporated into this progress report include: active control of asymmetric conical flow using spinning and rotary oscillation; supersonic vortex breakdown over a delta wing in transonic flow; shock-vortex interaction over a 65-degree delta wing in transonic flow; three dimensional supersonic vortex breakdown; numerical simulation and physical aspects of supersonic vortex breakdown; and prediction of asymmetric vortical flows around slender bodies using Navier-Stokes equations.

Kandil, Osama

1993-01-01

146

Turbulent wake and vortex shedding for a stack partially immersed in a turbulent boundary layer  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effect of the jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratio, R, on the turbulent wake and Kármán vortex shedding for a cylindrical stack of aspect ratio AR=9 was investigated in a low-speed wind tunnel using thermal anemometry. The cross-flow Reynolds number was ReD=2.3×104, the jet Reynolds number ranged from Red=7.6×103 to 4.7×104, and R was varied from 0 to 3. The stack was

M. S. Adaramola; D. Sumner; D. J. Bergstrom

2007-01-01

147

On the development of a wake vortex in inviscid flow  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The evolution of an initial perturbation in an axisymmetric subsonic normal inviscid gas flow through a pipe is directly simulated. The basic (unperturbed) flow has a zero radial velocity component, while its axial velocity component (along the axis of symmetry) increases or decreases linearly with the radius. The perturbation is specified as a swirl (rotation about the axis) with a positive or negative velocity vanishing on the central axis and the lateral surface. Irrespective of its direction, the swirl gives rise to a steady-state vortex carried by the flow. It shape is spherical (contiguous to the rotation axis) or circular (sliding along the impermeable lateral surface).

Belotserkovskii, O. M.; Belotserkovskaya, M. S.; Denisenko, V. V.; Eriklintsev, I. V.; Kozlov, S. A.; Oparina, E. I.; Troshkin, O. V.; Fortova, S. V.

2014-01-01

148

Wake effects on the aerodynamic performance of horizontal axis wind turbines  

Microsoft Academic Search

Success of vortex theories in the performance analysis of horizontal axis wind turbines depends greatly upon accurate specification of the geometry of the vortex wake. Two analysis methods were developed, a new simplified free wake method (SFW) and a prescribed wake method. An earlier wake model of helicopter rotors is extended for wind turbine applications, the fast free wake method

A. A. Afjeh; A. A. A. K

1984-01-01

149

Experiments on the vortex wake of a swimming knifefish  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The knifefish species propels itself by generating a reverse Kármán street using an anal fin, and the propulsion of this species is known to be highly efficient (Blake in Can J Zool 61:1432-1441, 1983). Previous studies have suggested that there is an optimal swimming range for fish based on the amplitude and frequency of the reverse Kármán street. In the current study, experiments have been performed to measure the ratio between the amplitude and wavelength of vortices in the wake of a knifefish. It is suggested that the wave efficiency can be estimated by optimizing the thrust created by the reverse Kármán street for a given spacing ratio, and present observations have an average value of 0.89. The relationship established between spacing ratio and wave efficiency, in addition to the measured parameters, will be invaluable for bio-inspired designs based on the knifefish.

Taylor, Zachary J.; Liberzon, Alexander; Gurka, Roi; Holzman, Roi; Reesbeck, Thomas; Diez, F. Javier

2013-08-01

150

Numerical investigation of medium wavelength instabilities in four vortex wake systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Wake vortex systems generated by wings with modified span loading can generate, after rollup, multiple vortex systems. We here consider the four vortex system investigated experimentally by Ortega et al.: two pairs of counter-rotating vortices with circulation ratio ?_2/?_1=-0.37 and inner spacing ratio b_2/b1 = 0.48. Different numerical tools are used to investigate the dynamics of the most unstable medium wavelength (?/b_1?1) instability: a vortex filament method with random initial perturbations and of longitudinal extent equivalent to many times ?; a spectral code run on a single processor (about 9 millions grid points for a simulation with an extent of ?), and on multiple processors (for simulations with an extent of many ?) thus also allowing for random initial perturbations and eventually also capturing the Crow-type instability of the equivalent two vortex system. The spectral code is run in both DNS mode (for moderate Reynolds number) and ``quasi-inviscid" mode (using a hyper-viscosity of type nabla^8 u. Results are presented on stability (modes, growth rates, saturation), vortex topological changes by reconnection, and related energy decay. Comparisons are also made with the experimental results of Ortega et al.

Dufresne, Louis; Winckelmans, Gregoire; Capart, Raphael

2003-11-01

151

Flight Test Analysis of the Forces and Moments Imparted on a B737-100 Airplane During Wake Vortex Encounters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Aircraft travel has become a major form of transportation. Several of our major airports are operating near their capacity limit, increasing congestion and delays for travelers. As a result, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been working in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airline operators, and the airline industry to increase airport capacity without sacrificing public safety. One solution to the problem is to increase the number of airports and build new. runways; yet, this solution is becoming increasingly difficult due to limited space. A better solution is to increase the production per runway. This solution increases the possibility that one aircraft will encounter the trailing wake of another aircraft. Hazardous wake vortex encounters occur when an aircraft encounters the wake produced by a heavier aircraft. This heavy-load aircraft produces high-intensity wake turbulence that redistributes the aerodynamic loads of trailing smaller aircraft. This situation is particularly hazardous for smaller aircraft during takeoffs and landings. In order to gain a better understanding of the wake-vortex/aircraft encounter phenomena, NASA Langley Research Center conducted a series of flight tests from 1995 through 1997. These tests were designed to gather data for the development a wake encounter and wake-measurement data set with the accompanying atmospheric state information. This data set is being compiled into a database that can be used by wake vortex researchers to compare with experimental and computational results. The purpose of this research is to derive and implement a procedure for calculating the wake-vortex/aircraft interaction portion of that database by using the data recorded during those flight tests. There were three objectives to this research. Initially, the wake-induced forces and moments from each flight were analyzed based on varying flap deflection angles. The flap setting alternated between 15 and 30 degrees while the separation distance remained constant. This examination was performed to determine if increases in flap deflection would increase or decrease the effects of the wake-induced forces and moments. Next, the wake-induced forces and moments from each flight were analyzed based on separation distances of 1-3 nautical miles. In this comparison, flap deflection was held constant at 30 degrees. The purpose of this study was to determine if increased separation distances reduced the effects of the wake vortex on the aircraft. The last objective compared the wake-induced forces and moments of each flight as it executed a series of maneuvers through the wake-vortex. This analysis was conducted to examine the impact of the wake on the B737 as it traversed the wake horizontally and vertically. Results from the first analysis indicated that there was no difference in wake effect at flap deflections of 15 and 30 degrees. This conclusion is evidenced in the cases of the wake-induced sideforce, rolling moment, and yawing moment. The wake-induced lift, drag, and pitching moment cases yielded less conclusive results. The second analysis compared the wake-induced forces and moments at separation distances of 1-3 nautical miles. Results indicated that there was no significant difference in the wake-induced lift, drag, sideforce, or yawing moment coefficients. The analysis compared the wake-induced forces and moments based on different flight maneuvers. It was found that the wake-induced forces and moments had the greatest impact on out-to-in and in-to-out maneuvers.

Roberts, Chistopher L.

2001-01-01

152

Vortex dynamics of a cylinder wake in proximity to a wall  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Large-eddy simulations (LES) are used to investigate the modifications of wake dynamics and turbulence characteristics behind a circular cylinder placed near a wall for varying gap-to-diameter (G/D) ratios (where G signifies the gap between the wall and the cylinder, and D the cylinder diameter). The three-dimensional (3-D), time-dependent, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations with a dynamic subgrid-scale model are solved using a symmetry-preserving finite-difference scheme of second-order spatial and temporal accuracy. The immersed boundary (IB) method is employed to impose the no-slip boundary condition on the cylinder surface. Flow visualizations along with turbulence statistics are presented to gain insight into the flow structures that are due to interaction between the shear layers and the approaching boundary layer. Apart from the vortex shedding mechanism, the paper illustrates the physics involving the shear layer transition, stretching, breakdown and turbulence generation, either qualitatively or quantitatively, in the presence of a wall for a Reynolds number of Re=1440 (based on D and the inlet free-stream velocity U?).

Sarkar, S.; Sarkar, Sudipto

2010-01-01

153

A Sensitivity Study of the Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS) Wake Predictor Algorithm to the Resolution of Input Meteorological Profiles  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The AVOSS project demonstrated the feasibility of applying aircraft wake vortex sensing and prediction technologies to safe aircraft spacing for single runway arrivals. On average, AVOSS provided spacing recommendations that were less than the current FAA prescribed spacing rules, resulting in a potential airport efficiency gain. Subsequent efforts have included quantifying the operational specifications for future Wake Vortex Advisory Systems (WakeVAS). In support of these efforts, each of the candidate subsystems for a WakeVAS must be specified. The specifications represent a consensus between the high-level requirements and the capabilities of the candidate technologies. This report documents the beginnings of an effort to quantify the capabilities of the AVOSS Prediction Algorithm (APA). Specifically, the APA horizontal position and circulation strength output sensitivity to the resolution of its wind and turbulence inputs is examined. The results of this analysis have implications for the requirements of the meteorological sensing and prediction systems comprising a WakeVAS implementation.

Rutishauser, David K.; Butler, Patrick; Riggins, Jamie

2004-01-01

154

A family of vortex wakes generated by a thrush nightingale in free flight in a wind tunnel over its entire natural range of flight speeds.  

PubMed

In view of the complexity of the wing-beat kinematics and geometry, an important class of theoretical models for analysis and prediction of bird flight performance entirely, or almost entirely, ignores the action of the wing itself and considers only the resulting motions in the air behind the bird. These motions can also be complicated, but some success has previously been recorded in detecting and measuring relatively simple wake structures that can sometimes account for required quantities used to estimate aerodynamic power consumption. To date, all bird wakes, measured or presumed, seem to fall into one of two classes: the closed-loop, discrete vortex model at low flight speeds, and the constant-circulation, continuous vortex model at moderate to high speeds. Here, novel and accurate quantitative measurements of velocity fields in vertical planes aligned with the freestream are used to investigate the wake structure of a thrush nightingale over its entire range of natural flight speeds. At most flight speeds, the wake cannot be categorised as one of the two standard types, but has an intermediate structure, with approximations to the closed-loop and constant-circulation models at the extremes. A careful accounting for all vortical structures revealed with the high-resolution technique permits resolution of the previously unexplained wake momentum paradox. All the measured wake structures have sufficient momentum to provide weight support over the wingbeat. A simple model is formulated and explained that mimics the correct, measured balance of forces in the downstroke- and upstroke-generated wake over the entire range of flight speeds. Pending further work on different bird species, this might form the basis for a generalisable flight model. PMID:12796450

Spedding, G R; Rosén, M; Hedenström, A

2003-07-01

155

Vortex wakes generated by robins Erithacus rubecula during free flight in a wind tunnel  

PubMed Central

The wakes of two individual robins were measured in digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV) experiments conducted in the Lund wind tunnel. Wake measurements were compared with each other, and with previous studies in the same facility. There was no significant individual variation in any of the measured quantities. Qualitatively, the wake structure and its gradual variation with flight speed were exactly as previously measured for the thrush nightingale. A procedure that accounts for the disparate sources of circulation spread over the complex wake structure nevertheless can account for the vertical momentum flux required to support the weight, and an example calculation is given for estimating drag from the components of horizontal momentum flux (whose net value is zero). The measured circulations of the largest structures in the wake can be predicted quite well by simple models, and expressions are given to predict these and other measurable quantities in future bird flight experiments.

Hedenstrom, A; Rosen, M; Spedding, G.R

2005-01-01

156

Vortex wakes generated by robins Erithacus rubecula during free flight in a wind tunnel.  

PubMed

The wakes of two individual robins were measured in digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV) experiments conducted in the Lund wind tunnel. Wake measurements were compared with each other, and with previous studies in the same facility. There was no significant individual variation in any of the measured quantities. Qualitatively, the wake structure and its gradual variation with flight speed were exactly as previously measured for the thrush nightingale. A procedure that accounts for the disparate sources of circulation spread over the complex wake structure nevertheless can account for the vertical momentum flux required to support the weight, and an example calculation is given for estimating drag from the components of horizontal momentum flux (whose net value is zero). The measured circulations of the largest structures in the wake can be predicted quite well by simple models, and expressions are given to predict these and other measurable quantities in future bird flight experiments. PMID:16849236

Hedenström, A; Rosén, M; Spedding, G R

2006-04-22

157

Flutter clearance flight tests of an OV-10A airplane modified for wake vortex flight experiments  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The envelope expansion, flight flutter tests of a modified OV-10A aircraft are described. For the wake vortex research program, the airplane was modified to incorporate three forward-extending instrumentation booms, one extending forward from each wing tip and one from the right side of the fuselage. The booms were instrumented with sensors to measure the velocity and direction of local air flow. The flutter test results show that the modified OV-10A aircraft is free from flutter at speeds up to 330 KEAS at 5000 feet altitude.

Doggett, Robert V., Jr.; Rivera, Jose A., Jr.; Stewart, Eric C.

1995-01-01

158

On the response and wake modes of a cylinder undergoing streamwise vortex-induced vibration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This brief communication elaborates on aspects of the free response and wake modes of a flexibly-supported cylinder undergoing vortex-induced vibration in the streamwise direction only in view of some recent studies in the literature. It discusses the meaning of the term 'lock-in' employed in the context of forced excitation and free response studies, the influence of added mass on the response frequency, the competition between alternating and symmetrical modes and associated excitation mechanisms, and the drop in amplitude in the range separating the two response branches. A few similarities between single-degree-of-freedom streamwise and transverse vibrations are brought to light. Finally, attention is drawn to some discrepancies between published results which call for further understanding of the complicated nature of vortex-induced vibration.

Konstantinidis, Efstathios

2014-02-01

159

Wake effects on the aerodynamic performance of horizontal axis wind turbines  

SciTech Connect

Success of vortex theories in the performance analysis of horizontal axis wind turbines depends greatly upon accurate specification of the geometry of the vortex wake. In this study, two methods of analysis are developed: a new simplified free wake method (SFW) and a prescribed wake method. In addition, an earlier wake model of helicopter rotors is extended for wind turbine applications. This method is referred to as the fast free wake method (FFW). The FFW was accomplished by partitioning the flow field downstream of the rotor into three regions: the near wake, modeled as a series of straight vortex lines; the intermediate wake, modeled as a number of vortex rings; and the far wake, taken to be a semi-infinite cylindrical wake. In the SFW, a new wake model is proposed. The model assumes that the wake is composed of an intense tip vortex and a diffused inboard wake, consistent with the experimentally observed wake of hovering helicopters. However, due to the complexity of the tip vortex formation and due to the lack of such experimental data for wind turbines, it was assumed that the vortex formation was almost immediate as opposed to the actual gradual rolling-up of the tip vortex. For the prescribed wake analysis the expansion of the wake must be known. Unfortunately, detailed wake measurements for wind turbines are sparse in number; hence, the method was demonstrated by assuming the wake expansion could be represented by an analytical expression.

Afjeh, A.A.

1984-08-01

160

Numerical studies of three-dimensional breakdown in trailing vortex wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Finite element, three dimensional relaxation methods are used to calculate the development of vortex wakes behind aircraft for a considerable downstream distance. The inclusion of a self-induction term in the solution, dependent upon local curvature and vortex core radius, permits calculation of finite lifetimes for systems for which infinite life would be predicted two dimensionally. The associated computer program is described together with single-pair, twin-pair, and multiple-pair studies carried out using it. It is found, in single-pair studies, that there is a lower limit to the wavelengths at which the Crow-type of instability can occur. Below this limit, self-induction effects cause the plane of the disturbance waves to rotate counter to the vortex direction. Self induction in two dimensionally generated twin spiral waves causes an increase in axial length which becomes more marked with decreasing initial wavelength. The time taken for vortex convergence toward the center plane is correspondingly increased. The limited parametric twin-pair study performed suggests that time-to-converge increases with increasing flap span. Limited studies of Boeing 747 configurations show correct qualitative response to removal of the outer flap and to gear deployment, as compared with wind tunnel and flight test experience.

Evans, P. F.; Hackett, J. E.

1976-01-01

161

Turbulent wake and vortex shedding for a stack partially immersed in a turbulent boundary layer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The effect of the jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratio, R, on the turbulent wake and Kármán vortex shedding for a cylindrical stack of aspect ratio AR=9 was investigated in a low-speed wind tunnel using thermal anemometry. The cross-flow Reynolds number was ReD=2.3×104, the jet Reynolds number ranged from Red=7.6×103 to 4.7×104, and R was varied from 0 to 3. The stack was partially immersed in a flat-plate turbulent boundary layer, with a boundary layer thickness-to-stack-height ratio of ?/H=0.5 at the location of the stack. From the behaviour of the turbulent wake and the vortex shedding, the flow around the stack could be classified into three regimes depending on the value of R, which were the downwash (R<0.7), cross-wind-dominated (0.7?R<1.5), and jet-dominated (R?1.5) flow regimes. Each flow regime had a distinct structure to the mean velocity (streamwise and wall-normal directions), turbulence intensity (streamwise and wall-normal directions), and Reynolds shear stress fields, as well as the variation of the Strouhal number and the power spectrum along the stack height.

Adaramola, M. S.; Sumner, D.; Bergstrom, D. J.

2007-11-01

162

Numerical study of particle distribution in wake of liquid-particle flows past a circular cylinder using discrete vortex method  

Microsoft Academic Search

Particle-laden water flows past a circular cylinder were numerically investigated. The discrete vortex method (DVM) was employed\\u000a to evaluate the unsteady water flow fields and a Lagrangian approach was applied for tracking individual solid particles.\\u000a A dispersion function was defined to represent the dispersion scale of the particle. The wake vortex patterns, the distributions\\u000a and the time series of dispersion

Yuan-dong Huang; Wen-quan Wu

2006-01-01

163

B-747 in Flight during Vortex Study with Learjet and T-37 Fly Through the Wake  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In this 1974 NASA Flight Research Center (FRC) photograph, the two chase aircraft, a Learjet and a Cessna T-37, are shown in formation off the right wing tip of the Boeing B-747 jetliner. The two chase aircraft were used to probe the trailing wake vortices generated by the airflow around the wings of the B-747 aircraft. The vortex trail behind the right wing tip was made visible by a smoke generator mounted under the wing of the B-747 aircraft. In 1974 the NASA Flight Research Center (later Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California) used a Boeing 747 as part of the overall NASA study of trailing vortices. Trailing vortices are the invisible flow of spiraling air that trails from the wings of large aircraft and can 'upset' smaller aircraft flying behind them. The 747 that NASA used was on loan from the Johnson Space Center where it was part of the Space Shuttle Program. The data gathered in the 747 studies complemented data from the previous (1973-74) joint NASA Flight Research Center and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Boeing727 wake vortices study. Six smoke generators were installed under the wings of the 747 to provide a visual image of the trailing vortices. The object of the experiments was to test different configurations and mechanical devices on the747 that could be used to break up or lessen the strength of the vortices. The results of the tests could lead to shorter spacing between landings and takeoffs, which, in turn, could alleviate air-traffic congestion. For approximately 30 flights the 747 was flown using various combinations of wing air spoilers in an attempt to reduce wake vortices. To evaluate the effectiveness of the different configurations, chase aircraft were flown into the vortex sheets to probe their strengths and patterns at different times. Two of the chase planes used were the Flight Research Center's Cessna T-37 and the NASA Ames Research Center's Learjet. These aircraft represented the types of smaller business jets and other small aircraft that might encounter large passenger aircraft on approach or landings around major airports or in flight. Tests without the 747's wing spoilers deployed produced violent 'upset' problems for the T-37 aircraft at a distance of approximately 3 miles. From the magnitude of the problems found, distances of as much as ten miles might be required if spoilers were not used. With two spoilers on the outer wing panels, the T-37 could fly at a distance of three miles and not experience the 'upset' problem. The wake vortex study continued even after the 747 was returned to its primary mission of carrying the Space Shuttle.

1974-01-01

164

Three-dimensional vortex breakdown in swirling jets and wakes: direct numerical simulation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Vortex breakdown of nominally axisymmetric, swirling incompressible flows with jet- and wake-like axial velocity distributions issuing into a semi-infinite domain is studied by means of direct numerical simulations. By selecting a two-parametric velocity profile for which the steady axisymmetric breakdown is well-studied (Grabowski & Berger 1976), issues are addressed regarding the role of three-dimensionality and unsteadiness with respect to the existence, mode selection, and internal structure of vortex breakdown, in terms of the two governing parameters and the Reynolds number. Low Reynolds numbers are found to yield flow fields lacking breakdown bubbles or helical breakdown modes even for high swirl. In contrast, highly swirling flows at large Reynolds numbers exhibit bubble, helical or double-helical breakdown modes, where the axisymmetric mode is promoted by a jet-like axial velocity profile, while a wake-like profile renders the flow helically unstable and ultimately yields non-axisymmetric breakdown modes. It is shown that a transition from super- to subcritical flow, as defined by Benjamin (1962), accurately predicts the parameter combination yielding breakdown, if applied locally to flows with supercritical inflow profiles. Thus the basic form of breakdown is axisymmetric, and a transition to helical breakdown modes is shown to be caused by a sufficiently large pocket of absolute instability in the wake of the bubble, giving rise to a self-excited global mode. Two distinct eigenfunctions corresponding to azimuthal wavenumbers m {=} {-}1 and m {=} {-}2 have been found to yield a helical or double-helical breakdown mode, respectively. Here the minus sign represents the fact that the winding sense of the spiral is opposite to that of the flow.

Ruith, M. R.; Chen, P.; Meiburg, E.; Maxworthy, T.

2003-07-01

165

Vortex wake, downwash distribution, aerodynamic performance and wingbeat kinematics in slow-flying pied flycatchers  

PubMed Central

Many small passerines regularly fly slowly when catching prey, flying in cluttered environments or landing on a perch or nest. While flying slowly, passerines generate most of the flight forces during the downstroke, and have a ‘feathered upstroke’ during which they make their wing inactive by retracting it close to the body and by spreading the primary wing feathers. How this flight mode relates aerodynamically to the cruising flight and so-called ‘normal hovering’ as used in hummingbirds is not yet known. Here, we present time-resolved fluid dynamics data in combination with wingbeat kinematics data for three pied flycatchers flying across a range of speeds from near hovering to their calculated minimum power speed. Flycatchers are adapted to low speed flight, which they habitually use when catching insects on the wing. From the wake dynamics data, we constructed average wingbeat wakes and determined the time-resolved flight forces, the time-resolved downwash distributions and the resulting lift-to-drag ratios, span efficiencies and flap efficiencies. During the downstroke, slow-flying flycatchers generate a single-vortex loop wake, which is much more similar to that generated by birds at cruising flight speeds than it is to the double loop vortex wake in hovering hummingbirds. This wake structure results in a relatively high downwash behind the body, which can be explained by the relatively active tail in flycatchers. As a result of this, slow-flying flycatchers have a span efficiency which is similar to that of the birds in cruising flight and which can be assumed to be higher than in hovering hummingbirds. During the upstroke, the wings of slowly flying flycatchers generated no significant forces, but the body–tail configuration added 23 per cent to weight support. This is strikingly similar to the 25 per cent weight support generated by the wing upstroke in hovering hummingbirds. Thus, for slow-flying passerines, the upstroke cannot be regarded as inactive, and the tail may be of importance for flight efficiency and possibly manoeuvrability.

Muijres, Florian T.; Bowlin, Melissa S.; Johansson, L. Christoffer; Hedenstrom, Anders

2012-01-01

166

Vortex wake, downwash distribution, aerodynamic performance and wingbeat kinematics in slow-flying pied flycatchers.  

PubMed

Many small passerines regularly fly slowly when catching prey, flying in cluttered environments or landing on a perch or nest. While flying slowly, passerines generate most of the flight forces during the downstroke, and have a 'feathered upstroke' during which they make their wing inactive by retracting it close to the body and by spreading the primary wing feathers. How this flight mode relates aerodynamically to the cruising flight and so-called 'normal hovering' as used in hummingbirds is not yet known. Here, we present time-resolved fluid dynamics data in combination with wingbeat kinematics data for three pied flycatchers flying across a range of speeds from near hovering to their calculated minimum power speed. Flycatchers are adapted to low speed flight, which they habitually use when catching insects on the wing. From the wake dynamics data, we constructed average wingbeat wakes and determined the time-resolved flight forces, the time-resolved downwash distributions and the resulting lift-to-drag ratios, span efficiencies and flap efficiencies. During the downstroke, slow-flying flycatchers generate a single-vortex loop wake, which is much more similar to that generated by birds at cruising flight speeds than it is to the double loop vortex wake in hovering hummingbirds. This wake structure results in a relatively high downwash behind the body, which can be explained by the relatively active tail in flycatchers. As a result of this, slow-flying flycatchers have a span efficiency which is similar to that of the birds in cruising flight and which can be assumed to be higher than in hovering hummingbirds. During the upstroke, the wings of slowly flying flycatchers generated no significant forces, but the body-tail configuration added 23 per cent to weight support. This is strikingly similar to the 25 per cent weight support generated by the wing upstroke in hovering hummingbirds. Thus, for slow-flying passerines, the upstroke cannot be regarded as inactive, and the tail may be of importance for flight efficiency and possibly manoeuvrability. PMID:21676971

Muijres, Florian T; Bowlin, Melissa S; Johansson, L Christoffer; Hedenström, Anders

2012-02-01

167

Atmospheric Boundary Layer Sensors for Application in a Wake Vortex Advisory System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Remote sensing of the atmospheric boundary layer has advanced in recent years with the development of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) radar, sodar, and lidar wind profiling technology. Radio acoustic sounding systems for vertical temperature profiles of high temporal scales (when compared to routine balloon soundings- (radiosondes) have also become increasingly available as COTS capabilities. Aircraft observations during landing and departures are another source of available boundary layer data. This report provides an updated assessment of available sensors, their performance specifications and rough order of magnitude costs for a potential future aircraft Wake Vortex Avoidance System (WakeVAS). Future capabilities are also discussed. Vertical profiles of wind, temperature, and turbulence are anticipated to be needed at airports in any dynamic wake avoidance system. Temporal and spatial resolution are dependent on the selection of approach and departure corridors to be protected. Recommendations are made for potential configurations of near-term sensor technologies and for testing some of the sensor systems in order to validate performance in field environments with adequate groundtruth.

Zak, J. Allen; Rutishauser, David (Technical Monitor)

2003-01-01

168

Overview of the preparation and use of an OV-10 aircraft for wake vortex hazards flight experiments  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An overview is presented of the development, use, and current flight-test status of a highly instrumented North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco as a wake-vortex-hazards research aircraft. A description of the operational requirements and measurements criteria, the resulting instrumentation systems and aircraft modifications, system-calibration and research flights completed to date, and current flight status are included. These experiments are being conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of an effort to provide the technology to safely improve the capacity of the nation's air transportation system and specifically to provide key data in understanding and predicting wake vortex decay, transport characteristics, and the dynamics of encountering wake turbulence. The OV-10A performs several roles including meteorological measurements platform, wake-decay quantifier, and trajectory-quantifier for wake encounters. Extensive research instrumentation systems include multiple airdata sensors, video cameras with cockpit displays, aircraft state and control-position measurements, inertial aircraft-position measurements, meteorological measurements, and an on-board personal computer for real-time processing and cockpit display of research data. To date, several of the preliminary system check flights and two meteorological-measurements deployments have been completed. Several wake encounter and wake-decay-measurements flights are planned for the fall of 1995.

Stuever, Robert A.; Stewart, Eric C.; Rivers, Robert A.

1995-01-01

169

Flight Test Analysis of the Forces and Moments Imparted on a B737-100 Aircraft During Wake Vortex Encounters  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Several of our major airports are operating at or near their capacity limit, increasing congestion and delays for travelers. As a result, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been working in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airline operators, and the airline industry to increase airport capacity and safety. As more and more airplanes are placed into the terminal area the probability of encountering wake turbulence is increased. The NASA Langley Research Center conducted a series of flight tests from 1995 through 1997 to develop a wake encounter and wake-measurement data set with the accompanying atmospheric state information. The purpose of this research is to use the data from those flights to compute the wake-induced forced and moments exerted on the aircraft The calculated forces and moments will then be compiled into a database that can be used by wake vortex researchers to compare with experimental and computational results.

Roberts, Christopher L.; Smith, Sonya T.; Vicroy, Dan D.

2000-01-01

170

Dynamic response of a turbulent cylinder wake to sinusoidal inflow perturbations across the vortex lock-on range  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Large-eddy simulations are employed to investigate the dynamic response of the turbulent wake of a circular cylinder to sinusoidal perturbations in the inflow velocity superposed on a mean component. The perturbation frequency is varied across the vortex lock-on range at a constant amplitude of 5% of the mean velocity corresponding to a Reynolds number of 2580. The effect on the instantaneous, time-averaged and phase-averaged characteristics of the near-wake flow and fluid forces on the cylinder is reported. Comparisons of the present simulations to experimental realizations show that the physics of the unsteady three-dimensional separated flow are well reproduced. The simulations capture the modification of the wake structure including the shrinking of the recirculation bubble and vortex-formation region and the enhancement of the wake fluctuations and vortex strength in the lock-on regime. These wake effects are accompanied by an increase in the steady and unsteady drag and the unsteady lift acting on the cylinder. An empirical formula for the amplification of the mean drag coefficient due to inflow perturbations and equivalent oscillations of the cylinder in a steady flow is provided from compilation of available data. Particular attention is given to the change in the timing of vortex shedding with respect to the imposed perturbation across the lock-on range in order to reveal the link between the vortex dynamics and the fluid-induced forces on the cylinder. It is shown that the phase at which vortices are shed from the cylinder shifts monotonically as a function of the perturbation frequency resulting in corresponding changes in the phase of the unsteady forces. It is further shown that the phase of the lift is directly linked to that of vortex shedding but the phase of the drag is biased by inertial forces due to added mass and induced pressure waves. Decomposition of the total in-line force to inviscid ``potential-flow'' and viscous ``vortex-drag'' components indicates that the latter exhibits a behavior which is not physically consistent. The stochastic character of vortex synchronization in turbulent wakes and the implications of the present findings for vortex-induced free in-line vibrations are also discussed.

Konstantinidis, Efstathios; Liang, Chunlei

2011-07-01

171

Measurements on a wind turbine wake: 3D effects and bluff body vortex shedding  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The velocity field in the wake of a two-bladed wind turbine model (diameter 180 mm) has been studied under different conditions using a two-component hot wire. All three velocity components were measured both for the turbine rotor normal to the oncoming flow as well as with the turbine inclined to the freestream direction (the yaw angle was varied from 0° to 20°). The measurements showed, as expected, a wake rotation in the opposite direction to that of the turbine. A yawed turbine is found to clearly deflect the wake flow to the side, showing the potential of controlling the wake by yawing the turbine. An unexpected feature of the flow was that spectra from the time signals showed the appearance of a low-frequency fluctuation both in the wake and in the flow outside the wake. This fluctuation was found both with and without freestream turbulence and also with a yawed turbine. The frequency expressed as a Strouhal number was shown to be independent of the freestream velocity or turbulence level, but the low frequency was only observed when the tip speed ratio (or equivalently the drag coefficient) was high. The shedding frequency changed also with the yaw angle. This is in agreement with the idea that the turbine sheds structures as a bluff body. The phenomenon, noticeable in all the velocity components, was further investigated using two-point cross-correlations of the velocity signals. Copyright

Medici, D.; Alfredsson, P. H.

2006-05-01

172

An experimental investigation of vortex stability, tip shapes, compressibility, and noise for hovering model rotors  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Schlieren methods of flow visualization and hot-wire anemometry for velocity measurements were used to investigate the wakes generated by hovering model propellers and rotors. The research program was directed toward investigating (1) the stability of the tip vortex, (2) the effects produced by various tip shapes on performance and tip vortex characteristics, and (3) the shock formation and noise characteristics associated with various tip shapes. A free-wake analysis was also conducted for comparison with the vortex stability experimental results. Schlieren photographs showing wake asymmetry, interaction, and instability are presented along with a discussion of the effects produced by the number of blades, collective pitch, and tip speed. Two hot-wire anemometer techniques, used to measure the maximum circumferential velocity in the tip vortex, are discussed.

Tangler, J. L.; Wohlfeld, R. M.; Miley, S. J.

1973-01-01

173

Study of the feasibility of using a sailplane as an instrument platform for the study of wake vortex phenomena  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The feasibility of utilizing instrumentation mounted on a sailplane wing is investigated to determine vortex wakes from a large aircraft. The instrumentation consisted of static and total pressure tubes and a rotating vane vorticity meter mounted in a pod on the glider wing tip. It was concluded that the study was not feasible.

Ormsbee, A. I.

1974-01-01

174

Dynamics and flow structures in the turbulent wake of rigid and flexible cylinders subject to vortex-induced vibrations  

Microsoft Academic Search

We present simulation results of vortex-induced vibrations of an infinitely long flexible cylinder at Reynolds number Re = 1000, corresponding to a `young' turbulent wake (i.e. exhibiting a small inertial subrange). The simulations are based on a new class of spectral methods suitable for unstructured and hybrid grids. To obtain different responses of the coupled flow structure system we vary

Constantinos Evangelinos; George Em Karniadakis

1999-01-01

175

Ground-Based Measurements of the Wake Vortex Characteristics of a B-747 Aircraft in Various Configurations.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

A Boeing 747 aircraft flew 54 passes at low altitude over ground-based sensors. Vortex velocities were measured by a laser Doppler velocimeter, an array of monostatic acoustic sounders, and an array of propeller anemometers. Flow visualization of the wake...

D. C. Burnham J. N. Hallock I. H. Tombach M. R. Brashears M. R. Barber

1978-01-01

176

Coulombic contribution and fat center vortex model  

SciTech Connect

The fat (thick) center vortex model is one of the phenomenological models which is fairly successful to interpret the linear potential between static sources. However, the Coulombic part of the potential has not been investigated by the model yet. In an attempt to get the Coulombic contribution and to remove the concavity of the potentials, we are studying different vortex profiles and vortex sizes.

Rafibakhsh, Shahnoosh; Deldar, Sedigheh [Department of Physics, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 14395/547, Tehran 1439955961 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

2007-02-27

177

Measurements on a wind turbine wake: 3D effects and bluff body vortex shedding  

Microsoft Academic Search

The velocity field in the wake of a two-bladed wind turbine model (diameter 180 mm) has been studied under different conditions using a two-component hot wire. All three velocity components were measured both for the turbine rotor normal to the oncoming flow as well as with the turbine inclined to the freestream direction (the yaw angle was varied from 0°

D. Medici; P. H. Alfredsson

2006-01-01

178

A near wake model for trailing vorticity compared with the blade element momentum theory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A near wake model for trailing vorticity originally proposed by Beddoes for high-resolution helicopter blade vortex interaction computations has been implemented and compared with the usual blade element momentum models used for wind turbine calculations. The model is in principle a lifting line model for the rotating blade, where only a quarter revolution of the wake system behind the blade is taken into account. This simplification of the wake enables a fast computation of the downwash from the trailed vortex system along the blade using the indicial function method and thus makes it realistic to use the model in aeroelastic time simulations. The downwash from the shed vorticity is also computed with a fast indicial function algorithm. In particular the model is investigated for use in calculations of aerodynamic damping for the different mode shapes of an operating wind turbine. Numerical results for the downwash of a wing in straight flow with elliptical circulation are compared with analytical results. Further, the downwash distribution of a 40 m long rotating blade is computed. Aerodynamic damping of the blade in axial harmonic translation and in the first flapwise mode is computed with the near wake model and compared with the results of a standard momentum model including a model for dynamic inflow. Copyright

Aagaard Madsen, Helge; Rasmussen, Flemming

2004-10-01

179

Wake effects on the aerodynamic performance of horizontal axis wind turbines  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Success of vortex theories in the performance analysis of horizontal axis wind turbines depends greatly upon accurate specification of the geometry of the vortex wake. Two analysis methods were developed, a new simplified free wake method (SFW) and a prescribed wake method. An earlier wake model of helicopter rotors is extended for wind turbine applications, the fast free wake method (FFW). The FFW was accomplished by partitioning the flow field downstream of the rotor into three regions: (1) the near wake, modeled as a series of straight vortex lines; (2) the intermediate wake, modeled as a number of vortex rings; and (3) the far wake, taken to be a semi-infinite cylindrical wake. In the SFW, a new wake model is proposed. The model assumes that the wake is composed of an intense tip vortex and a diffused inboard wake, consistent with the experimentally observed wake of hovering helicopters. It is assumed that the vortex formation was almost immediate as opposed to the actual gradual rolling-up of the tip vortex. The method is demonstrated by assuming that the wake expansion can be represented by an analytical expression.

Afjeh, A. A.

1984-08-01

180

Effect of natural ventilation on the boundary layer separation and near-wake vortex shedding characteristics of a sphere  

Microsoft Academic Search

Experiments were conducted in water and wind tunnels on spheres in the Reynolds number range 6?×?103 to 6.5?×?105 to study the effect of natural ventilation on the boundary layer separation and near-wake vortex shedding characteristics.\\u000a In the subcritical range of Re (5), ventilation caused a marginal downstream shift in the location of laminar boundary layer separation; there was only a

G. K. Suryanarayana; A. Prabhu

2000-01-01

181

An experimental study of the unsteady vortex structures in the wake of a root-fixed flapping wing  

Microsoft Academic Search

An experimental study was conducted to characterize the evolution of the unsteady vortex structures in the wake of a root-fixed\\u000a flapping wing with the wing size, stroke amplitude, and flapping frequency within the range of insect characteristics for\\u000a the development of novel insect-sized nano-air-vehicles (NAVs). The experiments were conducted in a low-speed wing tunnel\\u000a with a miniaturized piezoelectric wing (i.e.,

Hui Hu; Lucas Clemons; Hirofumi Igarashi

2011-01-01

182

Delayed Orexin Signaling Consolidates Wakefulness and Sleep: Physiology and Modeling  

PubMed Central

Orexin-producing neurons are clearly essential for the regulation of wakefulness and sleep because loss of these cells produces narcolepsy. However, little is understood about how these neurons dynamically interact with other wake- and sleep-regulatory nuclei to control behavioral states. Using survival analysis of wake bouts in wild-type and orexin knockout mice, we found that orexins are necessary for the maintenance of long bouts of wakefulness, but orexin deficiency has little impact on wake bouts <1 min. Since orexin neurons often begin firing several seconds before the onset of waking, this suggests a surprisingly delayed onset (>1 min) of functional effects. This delay has important implications for understanding the control of wakefulness and sleep because increasing evidence suggests that different mechanisms are involved in the production of brief and sustained wake bouts. We incorporated these findings into a mathematical model of the mouse sleep/wake network. Orexins excite monoaminergic neurons and we hypothesize that orexins increase the monoaminergic inhibition of sleep-promoting neurons in the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus. We modeled orexin effects as a time-dependent increase in the strength of inhibition from wake- to sleep-promoting populations and the resulting simulated behavior accurately reflects the fragmented sleep/wake behavior of narcolepsy and leads to several predictions. By integrating neurophysiology of the sleep/wake network with emergent properties of behavioral data, this model provides a novel framework for investigating network dynamics and mechanisms associated with normal and pathologic sleep/wake behavior.

Diniz Behn, C. G.; Kopell, N.; Brown, E. N.; Mochizuki, T.; Scammell, T. E.

2011-01-01

183

Two vortex-blob regularization models for vortex sheet motion  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Evolving vortex sheets generally form singularities in finite time. The vortex blob model is an approach to regularize the vortex sheet motion and evolve past singularity formation. In this paper, we thoroughly compare two such regularizations: the Krasny-type model and the Beale-Majda model. It is found from a linear stability analysis that both models have exponentially decaying growth rates for high wavenumbers, but the Beale-Majda model has a faster decaying rate than the Krasny model. The Beale-Majda model thus gives a stronger regularization to the solution. We apply the blob models to the two example problems: a periodic vortex sheet and an elliptically loaded wing. The numerical results show that the solutions of the two models are similar in large and small scales, but are fairly different in intermediate scales. The sheet of the Beale-Majda model has more spiral turns than the Krasny-type model for the same value of the regularization parameter ?. We give numerical evidences that the solutions of the two models agree for an increasing amount of spiral turns and tend to converge to the same limit as ? is decreased. The inner spiral turns of the blob models behave differently with the outer turns and satisfy a self-similar form. We also examine irregular motions of the sheet at late times and find that the irregular motions shrink as ? is decreased. This fact suggests a convergence of the blob solution to the weak solution of infinite regular spiral turns.

Sohn, Sung-Ik

2014-04-01

184

Dynamic wind loads and wake characteristics of a wind turbine model in an atmospheric boundary layer wind  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An experimental study was conducted to characterize the dynamic wind loads and evolution of the unsteady vortex and turbulent flow structures in the near wake of a horizontal axis wind turbine model placed in an atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel. In addition to measuring dynamic wind loads (i.e., aerodynamic forces and bending moments) acting on the wind turbine model by using a high-sensitive force-moment sensor unit, a high-resolution digital particle image velocimetry (PIV) system was used to achieve flow field measurements to quantify the characteristics of the turbulent vortex flow in the near wake of the wind turbine model. Besides conducting "free-run" PIV measurements to determine the ensemble-averaged statistics of the flow quantities such as mean velocity, Reynolds stress, and turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) distributions in the wake flow, "phase-locked" PIV measurements were also performed to elucidate further details about evolution of the unsteady vortex structures in the wake flow in relation to the position of the rotating turbine blades. The effects of the tip-speed-ratio of the wind turbine model on the dynamic wind loads and wake flow characteristics were quantified in the terms of the variations of the aerodynamic thrust and bending moment coefficients of the wind turbine model, the evolution of the helical tip vortices and the unsteady vortices shedding from the blade roots and turbine nacelle, the deceleration of the incoming airflows after passing the rotation disk of the turbine blades, the TKE and Reynolds stress distributions in the near wake of the wind turbine model. The detailed flow field measurements were correlated with the dynamic wind load measurements to elucidate underlying physics in order to gain further insight into the characteristics of the dynamic wind loads and turbulent vortex flows in the wakes of wind turbines for the optimal design of the wind turbines operating in atmospheric boundary layer winds.

Hu, Hui; Yang, Zifeng; Sarkar, Partha

2012-05-01

185

Vortex dynamics and associated fluid forcing in the near wake of a light and heavy tethered sphere in uniform flow  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Time-resolved particle image velocimetry measurements of vortex-induced vibrations of a negatively ("heavy") and positively ("light") buoyant tethered sphere in uniform flow, and its wake characteristics were performed in a closed-loop water channel. Experiments for both spheres were performed at similar bulk velocities, ranging between 0.048 < U < 0.32 m/s, corresponding to reduced velocities, 2.2 < U * < 13.5. Initially stationary, with increasing U, the amplitude response displayed periodic oscillations beyond the Hopf bifurcation as a result of "lock-in" between vortex shedding and the natural structural frequency. However, while the heavy sphere's amplitude decreased beyond U * = 7.0, the light sphere's amplitude continuously increased. In the periodic oscillation region, flow field characteristics in the wakes of both spheres (at comparable U * ) were similar, characterized by alternately shed hairpin vortices having a horizontal symmetry plane. Primary vortex trajectories in the frame of reference of the sphere collapsed for different U * (but not for different m * ) when scaled by f 2,s/ U, where f 2,s is the sphere's transverse oscillation frequency. This allows determination of vortex positions based on sphere dynamics and bulk flow conditions only. Associated vortex convection velocities as a function of downstream position from the sphere also nearly collapsed when normalized by U. In addition, fluid forcing and energy transfer from fluid to sphere were estimated based on an analogy between aircraft trailing vortices and hairpin vortices. Maximum forcing occurred at vortex pinch-off. For the highest comparable U * , despite different amplitudes, total transferred energy during one oscillation period was similar for both spheres. Changes in sphere dynamics must therefore be related to differences in inertia.

Krakovich, A.; Eshbal, L.; van Hout, R.

2013-11-01

186

Simulating Virtual Terminal Area Weather Data Bases for Use in the Wake Vortex Avoidance System (Wake VAS) Prediction Algorithm  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

During the research project, sounding datasets were generated for the region surrounding 9 major airports, including Dallas, TX, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO, Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, San Francico, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. The numerical simulation of winter and summer environments during which no instrument flight rule impact was occurring at these 9 terminals was performed using the most contemporary version of the Terminal Area PBL Prediction System (TAPPS) model nested from 36 km to 6 km to 1 km horizontal resolution and very detailed vertical resolution in the planetary boundary layer. The soundings from the 1 km model were archived at 30 minute time intervals for a 24 hour period and the vertical dependent variables as well as derived quantities, i.e., 3-dimensional wind components, temperatures, pressures, mixing ratios, turbulence kinetic energy and eddy dissipation rates were then interpolated to 5 m vertical resolution up to 1000 m elevation above ground level. After partial validation against field experiment datasets for Dallas as well as larger scale and much coarser resolution observations at the other 8 airports, these sounding datasets were sent to NASA for use in the Virtual Air Space and Modeling program. The application of these datasets being to determine representative airport weather environments to diagnose the response of simulated wake vortices to realistic atmospheric environments. These virtual datasets are based on large scale observed atmospheric initial conditions that are dynamically interpolated in space and time. The 1 km nested-grid simulated datasets providing a very coarse and highly smoothed representation of airport environment meteorological conditions. Details concerning the airport surface forcing are virtually absent from these simulated datasets although the observed background atmospheric processes have been compared to the simulated fields and the fields were found to accurately replicate the flows surrounding the airport where coarse verification data were available as well as where airport scale datasets were available.

Kaplan, Michael L.; Lin, Yuh-Lang

2004-01-01

187

Wake effects of the aerodynamic performance of horizontal axis wind turbines  

SciTech Connect

Success of vortex theories in the performance prediction of horizontal axis wind turbines largely depends upon accurate specification of the geometry of the vortex wake. In this study, two methods of vortex wake analysis are developed: a new simplified free wake method (SFW) and a prescribed wake method. In addition, an earlier wake model of helicopter rotors, referred to as the fast free wake method (FFW), is extended for wind turbine applications. In the FFW model, the flow field downstream of the rotor was partitioned into three regions: the near wake, modeled as a series of straight vortex lines; the intermediate wake, modeled as a number of vortex rings; and the far wake, taken to be a semi-infinite cylindrical wake. The methods of this work were compared with an existing unconstrained free wake analysis, with an existing rigid wake analysis, with a popular blade element momentum method and with existing experimental data. Airload parameters obtained by using the present methods were found to be in good agreement with those of a full free wake analysis. However, the computational times were greatly reduced. Furthermore, the predicted performance agrees well with the experimental data. Both the FFW and SFW methods out performed the rigid wake and the blade element momentum methods. A parametric study using the prescribed wake analysis indicated that at some expansion rates, corresponding to low wind conditions, the predicted power exceeded that of the rigid wake prediction and could in fact exceeds the Betz limit.

Afjeh, A.A.A.K.

1984-01-01

188

Wind tunnel measurements for dispersion modelling of vehicle wakes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Wind tunnel measurements downwind of reduced scale car models have been made to study the wake regions in detail, test the usefulness of existing vehicle wake models, and draw key information needed for dispersion modelling in vehicle wakes. The experiments simulated a car moving in still air. This is achieved by (i) the experimental characterisation of the flow, turbulence and concentration fields in both the near and far wake regions, (ii) the preliminary assessment of existing wake models using the experimental database, and (iii) the comparison of previous field measurements in the wake of a real diesel car with the wind tunnel measurements. The experiments highlighted very large gradients of velocities and concentrations existing, in particular, in the near-wake. Of course, the measured fields are strongly dependent on the geometry of the modelled vehicle and a generalisation for other vehicles may prove to be difficult. The methodology applied in the present study, although improvable, could constitute a first step towards the development of mathematical parameterisations. Experimental results were also compared with the estimates from two wake models. It was found that they can adequately describe the far-wake of a vehicle in terms of velocities, but a better characterisation in terms of turbulence and pollutant dispersion is needed. Parameterised models able to predict velocity and concentrations with fine enough details at the near-wake scale do not exist.

Carpentieri, Matteo; Kumar, Prashant; Robins, Alan

2012-12-01

189

ROTORCRAFT AERODYNAMIC AND AEROACOUSTIC MODELLING USING VORTEX PARTICLE METHODS  

Microsoft Academic Search

The initial development of a combined active aeroelastic aeroacoustic rotorcraft code is discussed. The GENeral Unsteady Vortex Particle code (GENUVP) is used as the aerodynamic component of the combined code. A brief discussion of the theory behind GENUVP's use of an unsteady panel method with a vortex particle wake is presented. Modifications to GENUVP to increase its computational efficiency are

Daniel G. Opoku; Dimitris G. Triantos; Fred Nitzsche; Spyros G. Voutsinas

2002-01-01

190

On Use of Global Positioning Technology for Solution of Wake Vortex Problem  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Improved precision of the flight paths used by aircraft to approach and depart airports is becoming available when the Global Positioning System (GPS) is implemented at airports. An overview will be given of published information on how GPS precision guidance at airports can be used to avoid encounters with the lift-generated vortices shed by preceding aircraft during landing. It is pointed out that GPS provides two needed services to bring about improved avoidance capability. Firstly, GPS pseudolites are being built and installed at airports so that, when coupled with autopilot systems currently available on subsonic transport aircraft, the aircraft can make precision approaches for zero visibility landings. The same equipment can also be used for precision approaches for wake-vortex avoidance. Secondly, regular monitoring of atmospheric motions along the approach corridor can be obtained by use of GPS equipment on board aircraft that are in the flight corridors. That is, wind velocity is determined by use of GPS equipment to measure the ground speed of the aircraft and then combined with onboard instrumentation to measure the airspeed of the aircraft. The difference between the two measurements yields the wind velocity. When the measured wind velocities are transmitted to an airport ground station they are used to monitor whether air motions adverse for safety in the flight corridor are present. If any parts of the corridor are unsafe, the spacing of the aircraft, or the location of the flight corridor being used, is modified. It is estimated that the spacings between any combination of aircraft can then be safely reduced to a uniform 3 n. mi. Information to be presented is contained in an article published in the AIAA Journal of Aircraft, May-June 1996.

Rossow, Vernon J.; Olson, Lawerence E. (Technical Monitor)

1997-01-01

191

Vortex-Body Interactions: A Critical Assessment. Coupled Gap-Wake Instabilities/Turbulence: A Source of Noise  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This program has involved, first of all, a critical state-of-the-art assessment of vortex-body interactions. Then, efforts were focused on experimental investigation on coupled-wake instabilities and turbulence occurring in a two-cylinder system. An extensive review was undertaken on the effect of incident vortices on various types of bodies. These incident vortices have a length scale of the same order of magnitude as the scale of the body. The body can take on various forms, including, for example, a circular cylinder, a blade or a wing. The classes of vortex-body interaction that were critically assessed include: (1) Periodic distortion of the incident (primary) vortex and shedding of secondary vorticity from the surface of the body. (2) Modulated vortex distortion and shedding at a leading-edge or surface due to incidence of a complex system of vortices. (3) Vortex distortion and shedding in presence of body oscillation. (4) Three-dimensional vortex interaction and shedding. For all of these classes of vortex-body interaction, quantitative topologies of the vorticity distributions and streamline patterns were found to be central to a unified description of mechanisms of vortex distortion and shedding. In most cases, it was possible to define relationships between vortex interactions and unsteady loading at the body surface. This phase of the program was an experimental investigation of a two-cylinder system, which simulated a central aspect of a four-wheel bogie on a large-scale commercial aircraft. The overall aim of this experimental research program was to determine the crucial elements of the unsteadiness in the gap and near-wake regions as a function of time using cinema-based techniques. During the research program, various image evaluation techniques were employed. They involved assessment of instantaneous velocity fields, streamline topology and patterns of vorticity. Experiments were performed in a large-scale water channel using a high-resolution version of digital particle image velocimetry. The program has focused on acquisition of images of velocity and vorticity for varying gap widths between the two-cylinder system. As a result of analysis of a relatively large number of images, it is demonstrated that low frequency instabilities can occur in the gap region between the cylinder. These low frequency instabilities are hypothesized to influence the near-wake structure of the entire two-cylinder system. The nature of the unstable shear layers in the gap region involves generation of small-scale Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities. These unsteady shear layers then impinge upon the upper and lower surfaces of the cylinders, thereby influencing both the unsteady structure and the time-averaged patterns of the near-wake. Initial efforts have focused on characterization of the patterns of instantaneous and averaged streamlines using topological concepts. The end result of this investigation is a series of documented instantaneous images. They will serve as a basis for various types of post-processing, which will lead to a fuller understanding of the instantaneous and time-averaged unstable-turbulent fields in the gap region and downstream of the two-cylinder system. This further assessment is the focus of a subsequent program.

Rockwell, Donald

1999-01-01

192

A Scanning laser-velocimeter technique for measuring two-dimensional wake-vortex velocity distributions. [Langley Vortex Research Facility  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A rapid scanning two dimensional laser velocimeter (LV) has been used to measure simultaneously the vortex vertical and axial velocity distributions in the Langley Vortex Research Facility. This system utilized a two dimensional Bragg cell for removing flow direction ambiguity by translating the optical frequency for each velocity component, which was separated by band-pass filters. A rotational scan mechanism provided an incremental rapid scan to compensate for the large displacement of the vortex with time. The data were processed with a digital counter and an on-line minicomputer. Vaporized kerosene (0.5 micron to 5 micron particle sizes) was used for flow visualization and LV scattering centers. The overall measured mean-velocity uncertainity is less than 2 percent. These measurements were obtained from ensemble averaging of individual realizations.

Gartrell, L. R.; Rhodes, D. B.

1980-01-01

193

Vortex-induced vibrations of two cylinders in tandem arrangement in the proximity-wake interference region  

PubMed Central

We investigate numerically vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) of two identical two-dimensional elastically mounted cylinders in tandem in the proximity–wake interference regime at Reynolds number Re = 200 for systems having both one (transverse vibrations) and two (transverse and in-line) degrees of freedom (1-DOF and 2-DOF, respectively). For the 1-DOF system the computed results are in good qualitative agreement with available experiments at higher Reynolds numbers. Similar to these experiments our simulations reveal: (1) larger amplitudes of motion and a wider lock-in region for the tandem arrangement when compared with an isolated cylinder; (2) that at low reduced velocities the vibration amplitude of the front cylinder exceeds that of the rear cylinder; and (3) that above a threshold reduced velocity, large-amplitude VIV are excited for the rear cylinder with amplitudes significantly larger than those of the front cylinder. By analysing the simulated flow patterns we identify the VIV excitation mechanisms that lead to such complex responses and elucidate the near-wake vorticity dynamics and vortex-shedding modes excited in each case. We show that at low reduced velocities vortex shedding provides the initial excitation mechanism, which gives rise to a vertical separation between the two cylinders. When this vertical separation exceeds one cylinder diameter, however, a significant portion of the incoming flow is able to pass through the gap between the two cylinders and the gap-flow mechanism starts to dominate the VIV dynamics. The gap flow is able to periodically force either the top or the bottom shear layer of the front cylinder into the gap region, setting off a series of very complex vortex-to-vortex and vortex-to-cylinder interactions, which induces pressure gradients that result in a large oscillatory force in phase with the vortex shedding and lead to the experimentally observed larger vibration amplitudes. When the vortex shedding is the dominant mechanism the front cylinder vibration amplitude is larger than that of the rear cylinder. The reversing of this trend above a threshold reduced velocity is associated with the onset of the gap flow. The important role of the gap flow is further illustrated via a series of simulations for the 2-DOF system. We show that when the gap-flow mechanism is triggered, the 2-DOF system can develop and sustain large VIV amplitudes comparable to those observed in the corresponding (same reduced velocity) 1-DOF system. For sufficiently high reduced velocities, however, the two cylinders in the 2-DOF system approach each other, thus significantly reducing the size of the gap region. In such cases the gap flow is entirely eliminated, and the two cylinders vibrate together as a single body with vibration amplitudes up to 50% lower than the amplitudes of the corresponding 1-DOF in which the gap flow is active. Three-dimensional simulations are also carried out to examine the adequacy of two-dimensional simulations for describing the dynamic response of the tandem system at Re = 200. It is shown that even though the wake transitions to a weakly three-dimensional state when the gap flow is active, the three-dimensional modes are too weak to affect the dynamic response of the system, which is found to be identical to that obtained from the two-dimensional computations.

BORAZJANI, IMAN; SOTIROPOULOS, FOTIS

2009-01-01

194

An overview of modeling and experiments of vortex-induced vibration of circular cylinders  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reviews the literature on the mathematical models used to investigate vortex-induced vibration (VIV) of circular cylinders. Wake-oscillator models, single-degree-of-freedom, force–decomposition models, and other approaches are discussed in detail. Brief overviews are also given of numerical methods used in solving the fully coupled fluid–structure interaction problem and of key experimental studies highlighting the nature of VIV.

R. D. Gabbai; H. Benaroya

2005-01-01

195

Crosswind Shear Gradient Affect on Wake Vortices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Parametric simulations with a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model are used to explore the influence of crosswind shear on aircraft wake vortices. Previous studies based on field measurements, laboratory experiments, as well as LES, have shown that the vertical gradient of crosswind shear, i.e. the second vertical derivative of the environmental crosswind, can influence wake vortex transport. The presence of nonlinear vertical shear of the crosswind velocity can reduce the descent rate, causing a wake vortex pair to tilt and change in its lateral separation. The LES parametric studies confirm that the vertical gradient of crosswind shear does influence vortex trajectories. The parametric results also show that vortex decay from the effects of shear are complex since the crosswind shear, along with the vertical gradient of crosswind shear, can affect whether the lateral separation between wake vortices is increased or decreased. If the separation is decreased, the vortex linking time is decreased, and a more rapid decay of wake vortex circulation occurs. If the separation is increased, the time to link is increased, and at least one of the vortices of the vortex pair may have a longer life time than in the case without shear. In some cases, the wake vortices may never link.

Proctor, Fred H.; Ahmad, Nashat N.

2011-01-01

196

Vortex safety in aviation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The objective is the general review of impact of aircraft wake vortices on the follower aircraft encountering the wake. Currently, the presence of wake vortices past aircraft limits the airspace capacity and flight safety level for aircraft of different purposes. However, wake vortex nature and evolution have not been studied in full measure. A mathematical model simulating the process of near wake generation past bodies of different shapes, as well as the wake evolution after rolling-up into wake vortices (far wake) is developed. The processes are suggested to be modeled by means of the Method of Discrete Vortices. Far wake evolution is determined by its complex interaction with the atmosphere and ground boundary layer. The main factors that are supposed to take into account are: wind and ambient turbulence 3Ddistributions, temperature stratification of the atmosphere, wind shear, as well as some others which effects will be manifested as considerable during the investigation. The ground boundary layer effects on wake vortex evolution are substantial at low flight altitudes and are determined through the boundary layer separation.

Turchak, L. I.

2012-10-01

197

Experimental Measurements of a Model Submarine Wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High resolution stereo-PIV measurements were made over ten body lengths downstream of a 1/18^th scale submarine model in the Deep Water Tow Basin at NSWCCD. The submarine model is an unclassified generic submarine shape (ONR Body-1) composed of an axisymmetric body, four stern appendages (control surfaces) and a propeller. This body is 5.8 m long, 0.49 m in diameter. Block gages on the struts measured streamwise force on the body and provided loading details for setting propeller speed. The model was towed through a stationary laser sheet oriented perpendicular to the tow direction to obtain three-dimensional velocity fields. The objective of the study was to quantify the submarine wake and rate of decay of the coherent vortices. These data will be used in conjunction with measurements obtained on a model towed array to validate computational models for array shape and dynamics. Results with and without the propeller will be presented. Approximately 40 instantaneous vector fields were obtained for each location. Mean and fluctuating streamwise and cross-stream velocities and vorticity were computed.

Bretall, Damien; Furey, Deborah; Cipolla, Kimberly

2005-11-01

198

Time-resolved vortex wake of a common swift flying over a range of flight speeds  

PubMed Central

The wake of a freely flying common swift (Apus apus L.) is examined in a wind tunnel at three different flight speeds, 5.7, 7.7 and 9.9 m s?1. The wake of the bird is visualized using high-speed stereo digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV). Wake images are recorded in the transverse plane, perpendicular to the airflow. The wake of a swift has been studied previously using DPIV and recording wake images in the longitudinal plane, parallel to the airflow. The high-speed DPIV system allows for time-resolved wake sampling and the result shows features that were not discovered in the previous study, but there was approximately a 40 per cent vertical force deficit. As the earlier study also revealed, a pair of wingtip vortices are trailing behind the wingtips, but in addition, a pair of tail vortices and a pair of ‘wing root vortices’ are found that appear to originate from the wing/body junction. The existence of wing root vortices suggests that the two wings are not acting as a single wing, but are to some extent aerodynamically detached from each other. It is proposed that this is due to the body disrupting the lift distribution over the wing by generating less lift than the wings.

Henningsson, P.; Muijres, F. T.; Hedenstrom, A.

2011-01-01

199

Flight test to determine feasibility of a proposed airborne wake vortex detection concept  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This investigation was conducted to determine the radial extent at which aircraft mounted flow vanes or roll rate gyros can sense the circulatory flow field that exists around the lift induced vortex system generated by an aircraft in flight. The probe aircraft was equipped with wingtip sensors for measuring angle of attack and angle of sideslip, and with a fuselage mounted gyroscope for measuring roll rate. Analysis of flight test data indicated that the vortex was detectable at a lateral distance of about 105 feet (best results) using unsophisticated equipment. Measurements were made from the centerline of the probe aircraft to the center of the nearest vortex with the probe aircraft flying between one half and one and one half miles behind the vortex generating aircraft.

Branstetter, James R.; Hastings, E. C., Jr.; Patterson, James C., Jr.

1991-01-01

200

Intercomparison among plasma wake models for plasmaspheric and ionospheric conditions  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The angular distributions of ions in the wake of a body moving through a space plasma computed from three different models are compared in order to investigate wake current depletion ratios under conditions simulating the topside ionosphere and plasmasphere. Results demonstrate the importance of taking into account the thermal flux at low Mach numbers and the angular acceptance of ion detectors in making theory-experiment comparisons. For all models considered, gradients in the angular variations of the fluxes are shown to be steeper near the wake-ambient interface than closer to the maximum rarefaction region.

Samir, U.; Comfort, R. H.; Wright, K. H., Jr.; Stone, N. H.

1987-01-01

201

Computation of potential flows with embedded vortex rings and applications to helicopter rotor wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A finite difference scheme for solving the motion of a number of vortex rings is developed. The method is an adaptation of the 'cloud-in-cell' technique to axisymmetric flows, and is thus a combined Eulerian-Lagrangian technique. A straightforward adaptation of the cloud-in-cell scheme to an axisymmetric flow field is shown to introduce a grid dependent self-induced velocity to each vortex ring. To correct this behavior the potential is considered to consist of two parts, a local and a global field. An improved difference formula is derived, allowing the accurate calculation of the potential at points near vortex locations. The local potential is then subtracted before calculating the velocity, leaving only the influences of the remaining vortices. The correct self-induced velocity is then explicitly added to the vortex velocity. Calculations of the motion of one and two vortex rings are performed, demonstrating the ability of the new method to eliminate the grid dependence of the self-induced velocity. The application of the method to the calculation of helicopter rotor flows in hover is attempted.

Roberts, T. W.

1983-01-01

202

Study of the far wake vortex field generated by a rectangular airfoil in a water tank  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Underwater towing experiments were carried out with a rectangular airfoil of aspect ratio 5.3 at 4 and 8 deg angles of attack and at chord-based Reynolds numbers between 2 x 100,000 and 7.5 x 100,000. Quantitative measurements by means of the hydrogen bubble technique indicated lower peak swirl velocities in the range of 100 to 1000 lenghts downstream than have been measured in wind tunnel of flight tests. The maximum circumferential velocity decayed whereas the turbulent eddy viscosity increased. This behavior and other known rates of vortex decay are explained in terms of an analytical solution for the vortex problem with time varying eddy viscosity. It is shown that this case corresponds to nonequilibrium turbulent vortex flow.

Lezius, D. K.

1973-01-01

203

Wind turbine design using a free-wake vortex method with winglet application  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Wind turbine blades are traditionally designed with blade element momentum theory (BEMT). This method is incapable of accurately analyzing non-conventional or non-planar blade planforms. Modern wind turbine blade design thus requires non-standard modeling that can effectively analyze the effects of a non-planar blade, such as a blade with a winglet. The free-wake, distributed vorticity element (FW-DVE) method meets these analysis goals. Previous work applied the FW-DVE method to wind turbines, but did not include the influence of profile forces and did not include any design applications. The present research focused on developing the FW-DVE method into a design tool for wind turbine design applications and on the validation of this tool. In the research presented in this thesis, the FW-DVE method was modified to include the effect of airfoil profile drag and to account for the effects of stall and a non-linear lift-curve. A design tool was created to aid in using the WindDVE analysis code for trade space exploration. The method was used to analyze and design a winglet for a small-scale wind turbine, which was tested in a wind tunnel at the University of Waterloo where it exhibited a 9% increase in the maximum coefficient of power of the rotor. The performance results from this test have been used to validate the FW-DVE method for wind turbine design, along with an analysis of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Unsteady Aerodynamics Experiment Phase VI wind turbine.

Maniaci, David

204

Airloads and Wake Geometry Calculations for an Isolated Tiltrotor Model in a Wind Tunnel  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Comparisons of measured and calculated aerodynamic behavior of a tiltrotor model are presented. The test of the Tilt Rotor Aeroacoustic Model (TRAM) with a single, 0.25-scale V-22 rotor in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel (DNW) provides an extensive set of aeroacoustic, performance, and structural loads data. The calculations were performed using the rotorcraft comprehensive analysis CAMRAD II. Presented are comparisons of measured and calculated performance for hover and helicopter mode operation, and airloads for helicopter mode. Calculated induced power, profile power, and wake geometry provide additional information about the aerodynamic behavior. An aerodynamic and wake model and calculation procedure that reflects the unique geometry and phenomena of tiltrotors has been developed. There are major differences between this model and the corresponding aerodynamic and wake model that has been established for helicopter rotors. In general, good correlation between measured and calculated performance and airloads behavior has been shown. Two aspects of the analysis that clearly need improvement are the stall delay model and the trailed vortex formation model.

Johnson, Wayne

2001-01-01

205

Flight Data Reduction of Wake Velocity Measurements Using an Instrumented OV-10 Airplane  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A series of flight tests to measure the wake of a Lockheed C- 130 airplane and the accompanying atmospheric state have been conducted. A specially instrumented North American Rockwell OV-10 airplane was used to measure the wake and atmospheric conditions. An integrated database has been compiled for wake characterization and validation of wake vortex computational models. This paper describes the wake- measurement flight-data reduction process.

Vicroy, Dan D.; Stuever, Robert A.; Stewart, Eric C.; Rivers, Robert A.

1999-01-01

206

Polarization wake of penetrating ions: oscillator model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The wake potential induced by a swift nonrelativistic ion has been studied theoretically for a random stopping medium consisting of quantal-harmonic-oscillator atoms. The primary purpose has been to study the influence of atomic binding on the frequently-studied wake potential in a Fermi gas. Quantitative comparisons at constant plasma frequency and increasing oscillator frequency show a gradual decrease in wavelength and a slight decrease in amplitude of the oscillatory part of the wake potential, as well as a systematic decrease in screening of the near-field next to the projectile. These findings can be expected on the basis of the Drude-Lorentz formula for the effective resonance frequency. We find a distinct dependence of the induced potential on the ion charge as long as the plasma frequency exceeds the oscillator frequency. In the opposite case of a dominating oscillator frequency we find little difference between the field induced by a point charge and that by a neutral atom. As an application area we briefly discuss the proximity effect in the energy loss of molecular ions. We find that the polarization wake modifies the proximity effect, in contrast to the frequently-expressed view that it causes the proximity effect.

Schinner, A.; Sigmund, P.

2012-02-01

207

Near Wake of a Model Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine  

Microsoft Academic Search

An experimental investigation on the properties of the near wake behind the rotor of a Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) was carried out at model scale. Measurements were made with a stationary slanted hot-wire anemometer using the technique of phase-locked averaging. The primary aim is to study the formation and development of the three-dimensional wake. Five axial locations were chosen within

Dan-mei HU; Zhao-hui DU

2009-01-01

208

Comparing offshore wind farm wake observed from satellite SAR and wake model results  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Offshore winds can be observed from satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR). In the FP7 EERA DTOC project, the European Energy Research Alliance project on Design Tools for Offshore Wind Farm Clusters, there is focus on mid- to far-field wind farm wakes. The more wind farms are constructed nearby other wind farms, the more is the potential loss in annual energy production in all neighboring wind farms due to wind farm cluster effects. It is of course dependent upon the prevailing wind directions and wind speed levels, the distance between the wind farms, the wind turbine sizes and spacing. Some knowledge is available within wind farm arrays and in the near-field from various investigations. There are 58 offshore wind farms in the Northern European seas grid connected and in operation. Several of those are spaced near each other. There are several twin wind farms in operation including Nysted-1 and Rødsand-2 in the Baltic Sea, and Horns Rev 1 and Horns Rev 2, Egmond aan Zee and Prinses Amalia, and Thompton 1 and Thompton 2 all in the North Sea. There are ambitious plans of constructing numerous wind farms - great clusters of offshore wind farms. Current investigation of offshore wind farms includes mapping from high-resolution satellite SAR of several of the offshore wind farms in operation in the North Sea. Around 20 images with wind farm wake cases have been retrieved and processed. The data are from the Canadian RADARSAT-1/-2 satellites. These observe in microwave C-band and have been used for ocean surface wind retrieval during several years. The satellite wind maps are valid at 10 m above sea level. The wakes are identified in the raw images as darker areas downwind of the wind farms. In the SAR-based wind maps the wake deficit is found as areas of lower winds downwind of the wind farms compared to parallel undisturbed flow in the flow direction. The wind direction is clearly visible from lee effects and wind streaks in the images. The wind farm wake cases are modeled by various types of wake models. In the EERA DTOC project the model suite consists of engineering models (Ainslie, DWM, GLC, PARK, WASP/NOJ), simplified CFD models (FUGA, FarmFlow), full CFD models (CRES-flowNS, RANS), mesoscale model (SKIRON, WRF) and coupled meso-scale and microscale models. The comparison analysis between the satellite wind wake and model results will be presented and discussed. It is first time a comprehensive analysis is performed on this subject. The topic gains increasing importance because there is a growing need to precisely model also mid- and far-field wind farms wakes for development and planning of offshore wind farm clusters.

Bay Hasager, Charlotte

2014-05-01

209

Numerical Validation of Quasigeostrophic Ellipsoidal Vortex Model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In geophysical flows, coherent vortex structures persist for long time and their interactions dominate the dynamics of geophysical turbulence. Meacham et al.1,2) obtained a series of exact unsteady solution of the quasigeostrophic equation, which represents a uniform ellipsoidal vortex patch embedded in a uniform 3D shear field. Miyazaki et al.3,4) have derived a Hamiltonian dynamical system of 3N degrees of freedom, describing the interactions of N ellipsoidal vortices, where each coherent vortex was modeled by an ellipsoid of uniform potential vorticity. The center of vorticity and the angular momentum are conserved, besides the total energy and Casimirs of the system, such as the vortex height and the vortex volume. There are three Poisson-commutable invariants, which is less than the degree of freedom for N>=2, and chaotic motions are observed even in a two-body system. In this paper, direct numerical simulations based on a Contour Advective Semi-Lagrangian algorithm (CASL) are performed in order to assess the validity of the Hamiltonian model. First, the instability of a tilted spheroid is investigated. A prolate spheroid becomes unstable against the third Legendre mode when the aspect ratio is less than 0.44 and the inclination angle is larger than 0.48.5) Weakly unstable flatter spheroidal vortices emit thin filaments from their top and bottom, whereas strongly unstable slender spheroidal vortices are broken up into two pieces. Secondly, the interaction of two co-rotating spheroidal vortices on slightly different vertical levels, which plays a key role in the turbulence dynamics, is studied in detail. The Hamiltonian model can predict the critical distance of symmetric mergers very well, except for mergers of vortices on the same horizontal plane. The model gives poorer predictions in asymmetric cases, where vorticity exchange occurs (instead of merger) along the threshold determined by the Hamiltonian model. The slenderer vortex loses half of its original volume, and the flatter vortex expands slightly absorbing some of the filaments ejected from the slenderer vortex. This is a new dynamical process linked with the energy and enstrophy cascades. Considerable amounts of energy and enstrophy are dissipated in these events. The correlation between the energy dissipation and the enstrophy dissipation is good, suggesting the existence of a simple deterministic reset-rule. 1)S. P. Meacham, et al.: Dyn. Atmos. Oceans 21 (1994) 167. 2)S. P. Meacham, et al: Phys. Fluids 9 (1997) 2310. 3)T. Miyazaki, et al.: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 69 (2000) 3233. 4)T. Miyazaki, et al.: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 70 (2001) 1942. 5)T. Miyazaki, et al.: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 68 (1999) 2592.

Miyazaki, T.; Fujishima, S.

2002-05-01

210

Vortex Generator Model Developed for Turbomachinery  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A computational model was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center to investigate possible uses of vortex generators (VG's) for improving the performance of turbomachinery. A vortex generator is a small, winglike device that generates vortices at its tip. The vortices mix high-speed core flow with low-speed boundary layer flow and, thus, can be used to delay flow separation. VG's also turn the flow near the walls and, thus, can be used to control flow incidence into a turbomachinery blade row or to control secondary flows.

Chima, Rodrick V.

2002-01-01

211

Validation of Quasigeostrophic Ellipsoidal Vortex Model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerical simulations of decaying three-dimensional quasigeostrophicturbulence in- dicate that the vorticity field develops coherent vortex structures whose interactions dominate the dynamics of the turbulence. Meacham et al.1 ,2) obtained exact unsteady solutions representing a uniform ellipsoidal vortex patch embedded in a uniform hori- zontal strain and vertical shear with uniform background vorticity. Miyazaki et al.3 ,4) developed turbulence-vortex-models based on these solutions, where each vortex was represented by an ellipsoid of uniform potential vorticity. The dynamics of N inter- acting ellipsoidal vortices are shown to be a Hamiltonian system of 3N degrees of freedom. The center of vorticity and the angular momentum are conserved, besides the total energy and Casimirs of the system, such as the vortex height and the vortex volume. There are three Poisson-commutable invariants, which is less than the degree of freedom for N 2, chaotic motions are observed even in a two-body system. In this paper, direct numerical simulations based on a Contour Advective Semi- Lagrangian algorithm (CASL) are performed in order to assess the validity of the Hamiltonian model. First, the instability of a tilted spheroid is investigated. A pro- late spheroid becomes unstable against the third Legendre mode when the aspect ra- tio / is less than 0.44 and the inclination angle is larger than 0.48 (Miyazaki et al.5)). Weakly unstable flatter spheroidal vortices emit thin filaments, whereas strongly ustable slender spheriodal vortices are broken up into two pieces. Secondly, the inter- action of two co-rotaing spheroidal vortices, which plays a key role in the dynamics of quasigeostrophic turbulence, is studied in detail. It is shown that the critical distance of merger is well estimated by the Hamiltonian ellipsoidal vortex model. Consider- able amounts of energy and enstrophy are dissipated in these events. The correlation between the energy dissipation and the enstrophy dissipation is good, suggesting the existence of a deterministic reset-rule. If we can define the properties of the vortex (vortices) born after filamentaion, break-up, and merger, we can perform a dissipative 'quasi-turbulence simulation'. 1)S. P. Meacham, et al.: Dyn. Atmos. Oceans 21 (1994) 167. 2)S. P. Meacham, et al: Phys. Fluids 9 (1997) 2310. 3) T. Miyazaki, et al.: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 69 (2000) 3233. 4)T. Miyazaki, et al.: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 70 (2001) 1942. T. Miyazaki, et al.: J. Phys. 5) Soc. Jpn. 68 (1999) 2592.

Miyazaki, T.; Fujishima, S.

212

Knuckleball and Flying Disk: Boundary Layer Transitions, Separations and Vortex Wakes in Sports Aerodynamics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In spite of their popularity, flow structures over common baseball and flying disks have not been studied in detail. A slowly rotating baseball is subject to erratic flight paths, and is known as a knuckleball. In the present experiment, the characteristic of force acting on a baseball was obtained and the velocity vector field near the surface of the ball and the wake were measured with the DPIV technique. The seam triggered the boundary layer transition or caused the boundary layer separation itself. The laminar/turbulent boundary layer separations were identified with specific ball orientations. Corresponding three-dimensional wake pattern and the side force result in unpredictable trajectories. In the second part of the talk, flow physics regarding a spin-stabilized flying disk is addressed. The roll-up of trailing vortices was visualized in detail and their vorticity field was measured with the DPIV. The vortical flow over the disk produced flow reattachment at a very high angle of attack. The boundary layer at low angles of attack was affected by the surface motion with asymmetric boundary layer transitions as evidenced by the flow visualization and the hot wire survey. The flow separation and attachment on the underside cavity were also affected by the rotation.

Higuchi, Hiroshi; Kiura, Toshiro; Goto, Yuichiro; Hiramoto, Riho

2001-11-01

213

Review of Wind Turbine Wake Models and Future Directions (Presentation)  

SciTech Connect

This presentation gives a brief overview to wind turbine wake modeling, ranging from models used in the 1980s up to the present. The presentation shows the strengths and weaknesses of various models and discusses the needs of the wind energy industry and research sectors. Both power production and loads analysis are discussed.

Churchfield, M. J.

2013-08-01

214

A study of the rotor wake of a small-scale rotor model in forward flight using laser light sheet flow visualization with comparisons to analytical models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An experimental investigation was conducted in the 14 by 22 ft subsonic tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center to quantify the rotor wake behind a scale model helicopter rotor in forward flight (mu = 0.15 and 0.23) at one thrust level (C sub T = 0.0064). The rotor system used in the present test consisted of a four-bladed, fully articulated hub and utilized blades of rectangular planform with a NACA-0012 airfoil section. A laser light sheet, seeded with propylene glycol smoke, was used to visualize the flow in planes parallel and perpendicular to the freestream flow. Quantitative measurements of vortex location, vertical skew angle, and vortex particle void radius were obtained for vortices in the flow; convective velocities were obtained for blade tip vortices. Comparisons were made between the experimental results and the wake geometry generated by computational predictions. The results of these comparisons show that the interaction between wake vortex structures is an important consideration for correctly predicting the wake geometry.

Ghee, Terence A.; Elliott, Joe W.

1992-01-01

215

Physiologically-based modeling of sleep-wake regulatory networks.  

PubMed

Mathematical modeling has played a significant role in building our understanding of sleep-wake and circadian behavior. Over the past 40 years, phenomenological models, including the two-process model and oscillator models, helped frame experimental results and guide progress in understanding the interaction of homeostatic and circadian influences on sleep and understanding the generation of rapid eye movement sleep cycling. Recent advances in the clarification of the neural anatomy and physiology involved in the regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms have motivated the development of more detailed and physiologically-based mathematical models that extend the approach introduced by the classical reciprocal-interaction model. Using mathematical formalisms developed in the field of computational neuroscience to model neuronal population activity, these models investigate the dynamics of proposed conceptual models of sleep-wake regulatory networks with a focus on generating appropriate sleep and wake state transition patterns as well as simulating disease states and experimental protocols. In this review, we discuss several recent physiologically-based mathematical models of sleep-wake regulatory networks. We identify common features among these models in their network structures, model dynamics and approaches for model validation. We describe how the model analysis technique of fast-slow decomposition, which exploits the naturally occurring multiple timescales of sleep-wake behavior, can be applied to understand model dynamics in these networks. Our purpose in identifying commonalities among these models is to propel understanding of both the mathematical models and their underlying conceptual models, and focus directions for future experimental and theoretical work. PMID:24530893

Booth, Victoria; Diniz Behn, Cecilia G

2014-04-01

216

Rotorcraft acoustic radiation prediction based on a refined blade-vortex interaction model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The analysis of rotorcraft aerodynamics and acoustics is a challenging problem, primarily due to the fact that a rotorcraft continually flies through its own wake. The generation mechanism for a rotorcraft wake, which is dominated by strong, concentrated blade-tip trailing vortices, is similar to that in fixed wing aerodynamics. However, following blades encounter shed vortices from previous blades before they are swept downstream, resulting in sharp, impulsive loading on the blades. The blade/wake encounter, known as Blade-Vortex Interaction, or BVI, is responsible for a significant amount of vibratory loading and the characteristic rotorcraft acoustic signature in certain flight regimes. The present work addressed three different aspects of this interaction at a fundamental level. First, an analytical model for the prediction of trailing vortex structure is discussed. The model as presented is the culmination of a lengthy research effort to isolate the key physical mechanisms which govern vortex sheet rollup. Based on the Betz model, properties of the flow such as mass flux, axial momentum flux, and axial flux of angular momentum are conserved on either a differential or integral basis during the rollup process. The formation of a viscous central core was facilitated by the assumption of a turbulent mixing process with final vortex velocity profiles chosen to be consistent with a rotational flow mixing model and experimental observation. A general derivation of the method is outlined, followed by a comparison of model predictions with experimental vortex measurements, and finally a viscous blade drag model to account for additional effects of aerodynamic drag on vortex structure. The second phase of this program involved the development of a new formulation of lifting surface theory with the ultimate goal of an accurate, reduced order hybrid analytical/numerical model for fast rotorcraft load calculations. Currently, accurate rotorcraft airload analyses are limited by the massive computational power required to capture the small time scale events associated with BVI. This problem has two primary facets: accurate knowledge of the wake geometry, and accurate resolution of the impulsive loading imposed by a tip vortex on a blade. The present work addressed the second facet, providing a mathematical framework for solving the impulsive loading problem analytically, then asymptotically matching this solution to a low-resolution numerical calculation. A method was developed which uses continuous sheets of integrated boundary elements to model the lifting surface and wake. Special elements were developed to capture local behavior in high-gradient regions of the flow, thereby reducing the burden placed on the surrounding numerical method. Unsteady calculations for several classical cases were made in both frequency and time domain to demonstrate the performance of the method. Finally, a new unsteady, compressible boundary element method was applied to the problem of BVI acoustic radiation prediction. This numerical method, combined with the viscous core trailing vortex model, was used to duplicate the geometry and flight configuration of a detailed experimental BVI study carried out at NASA Ames Research Center. Blade surface pressure and near- and far-field acoustic radiation calculations were made. All calculations were shown to compare favorably with experimentally measured values. The linear boundary element method with non-linear corrections proved sufficient over most of the rotor azimuth, and particular in the region of the blade vortex interaction, suggesting that full non-linear CFD schemes are not necessary for rotorcraft noise prediction.

Rule, John Allen

1997-08-01

217

The effect of asymmetric vortex wake characteristics on a slender delta wing undergoing wing rock motion  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An experimental investigation into the fluid mechanisms responsible for wing rock on a slender delta wing with 80 deg leading edge sweep has been conducted. Time history and flow visualization data are presented for a wide angle-of-attack range. The use of an air bearing spindle has allowed the motion of the wing to be free from bearing friction or mechanical hysteresis. A bistable static condition has been found in vortex breakdown at an angle of attack of 40 deg which causes an overshoot of the steady state rocking amplitude. Flow visualization experiments also reveal a difference in static and dynamic breakdown locations on the wing. A hysteresis loop in dynamic breakdown location similar to that seen on pitching delta wings was observed as the wing was undergoing the limit cycle oscillation.

Arena, A. S., Jr.; Nelson, R. C.

1989-01-01

218

Finite difference modeling of rotor flows including wake effects  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Rotary wing finite difference methods are investigated. The main concern is the specification of boundary conditions to properly account for the effect of the wake on the blade. Examples are given of an approach where wake effects are introduced by specifying an equivalent angle of attack. An alternate approach is also given where discrete vortices are introduced into the finite difference grid. The resulting computations of hovering and high advance ratio cases compare well with experiment. Some consideration is also given to the modeling of low to moderate advance ratio flows.

Caradonna, F. X.; Desopper, A.; Tung, C.

1982-01-01

219

Numerical Validation of Quasigeostrophic Ellipsoidal Vortex Model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In geophysical flows, coherent vortex structures persist for long time and their interactions dominate the dynamics of geophysical turbulence. Meacham et al. obtained a series of exact unsteady solution of the quasigeostrophic equation, which represents a uniform ellipsoidal vortex patch embedded in a uniform 3D shear field. Miyazaki et al. derived a Hamiltonian dynamical system describing the interactions of N ellipsoidal vortices, where each coherent vortex was modeled by an ellipsoid of uniform potential vorticity. In this paper, direct numerical simulations based on a Contour Advective Semi-Lagrangian algorithm (CASL) are performed in order to assess the validity of the Hamiltonian model. First, the instability of a tilted spheroid is investigated. A prolate spheroid becomes unstable against the third Legendre mode when the aspect ratio is less than 0.44 and the inclination angle is larger than 0.48. Weakly unstable flatter spheroidal vortices emit thin filaments from their top and bottom, whereas strongly ustable slender spheriodal vortices are broken up into two pieces. Secondly, the interaction of two co-rotaing spheroidal vortices on slightly different vertical levels is studied in detail. It is shown that the Hamiltonian model can predict the critical merger distance fairly well. Considerable amounts of energy and enstrophy are dissipated in these events. The correlation between the energy dissipation and the enstrophy dissipation is good, suggesting the existence of a deterministic reset-rule.

Miyazaki, Takeshi; Asai, Akinori; Yamamoto, Masahiro; Fujishima, Shinsuke

2002-11-01

220

Comparison of Wake Models with Data for Offshore Windfarms  

Microsoft Academic Search

A m ajor objective of the ENDOW project is to evaluate the perform ance of wake m odels in offshore windfarm environments in order to ascertain the im provem ents required to enhance the prediction of power output within large of fshore wind farms (1). The strategy for achieving this is to compare the performance of the models in a

K. Rados; G. Larsen; R. Barthelmie; W. Schlez; B. Lange; G. Schepers; T. Hegberg; M. Magnisson

2001-01-01

221

Vortex Density Models for Superconductivity and Superfluidity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study some functionals that describe the density of vortex lines in superconductors subject to an applied magnetic field, and in Bose-Einstein condensates subject to rotational forcing, in quite general domains in 3 dimensions. These functionals are derived from more basic models via Gamma-convergence, here and in the companion paper (Baldo et al. in Arch Rat Mech Anal 205(3):699-752, 2012). In our main results, we use these functionals to obtain leading order descriptions of the first critical applied magnetic field (for superconductors) and forcing (for Bose-Einstein), above which ground states exhibit nontrivial vorticity, as well as a characterization of the vortex density in terms of a non local vector-valued generalization of the classical obstacle problem.

Baldo, S.; Jerrard, R. L.; Orlandi, G.; Soner, H. M.

2013-02-01

222

Study of High-Altitude Aircraft Wake Dynamics. Task II. Model Development.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

A chemically-reacting wake model computer program has been formulated. The wake model program computes the wake height and width from the jet engine nozzle to the point in time where aerodynamic perturbations are small. The program also predicts the detai...

H. Hoshizaki K. O. Redler J. W. Meyer R. J. Conti L. B. Anderson

1973-01-01

223

A model of stratified entrainment using vortex persistence  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new model is proposed for the entrainment rate by vortices across stratified interfaces. In the model, different entrainment\\u000a regimes are distinguished by the conventional parameters Richardson, Reynolds, and Schmidt number as well as a new parameter,\\u000a the “vortex persistence”. Vortex persistence is defined as the number of rotations a vortex makes during the time it moves\\u000a its own diameter

Aline J. Cotel; Robert E. Breidenthal

1996-01-01

224

Free-surface turbulent wake behind towed ship models: experimental measurements, stability analyses and direct numerical simulations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We combine experimental, theoretical and numerical efforts to investigate the turbulent wake far behind a surface ship at model scales. Experimental measurements using digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV) are performed for the wakes of three towed hulls with beam-to-draught ratios b/d = 1, 2, 6. Based on model speed and beam, the Reynolds and Froude numbers are O(103) and O(10[minus sign]2) respectively. Distinct surface features associated with persistent surface-normal vorticity have been identified, which are characterized by large-scale meandering structures. Both lateral and longitudinal scales of the meandering are quantified, with the former found to increase as b/d decreases and the latter independent of b/d. Based on measurements at multiple horizontal and vertical planes, profiles of the mean flow and fluctuation intensity for each velocity component are obtained. To understand the turbulence transition mechanism, an Orr Sommerfeld stability analysis (OS) is formulated for the wake flow with free-surface boundary conditions, and solved by using a fourth-order finite-difference scheme. Unstable modes antisymmetric to the wake centre-plane are identified. Consistent with the experimental results, the growth rates of unstable modes increase substantially as b/d decreases, while the dependence of meandering wavelengths on b/d is found to be weak. Finally, we perform direct numerical simulation (DNS) of Navier Stokes equations for the wake flow. The growth rates of unstable modes agree well with the predictions by OS analysis. Compared with experiments, DNS accurately captures the surface-normal vorticity signatures, the meandering features, as well as statistics of turbulence intensity. We also obtain from DNS a detailed description of enstrophy, turbulence length scales, and vortex structures for the wake flow.

Shen, Lian; Zhang, Chiong; Yue, Dick K. P.

2002-10-01

225

Discrete-vortex model for the symmetric-vortex flow on cones  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A relatively simple but accurate potential flow model was developed for studying the symmetric vortex flow on cones. The model is a modified version of the model first developed by Bryson, in which discrete vortices and straight-line feeding sheets were used to represent the flow field. It differs, however, in the zero-force condition used to position the vortices and determine their circulation strengths. The Bryson model imposed the condition that the net force on the feeding sheets and discrete vortices must be zero. The proposed model satisfies this zero-force condition by having the vortices move as free vortices, at a velocity equal to at the local crossflow velocity at their centers. When the free-vortex assumption is made, a solution is obtained in the form of two nonlinear algebraic equations that relate the vortex center coordinates and vortex strengths to the cone angle and angle of attack. The vortex center locations calculated using the model are in good agreement with experimental values. The cone normal forces as well as center locations are in good agreement with the vortex cloud method of calculating symmetric flow fields.

Gainer, Thomas G.

1990-01-01

226

Memory System Controlled by Mathematical AIM Model for Robot Vision Equipped with Sleep and Wake Functions  

Microsoft Academic Search

We are studying a robot vision system that has sleep and wake functions. Our proposed mathematical Activation-Input-Modulation (AIM) model, that can express consciousness states such as waking or sleep, controls a ratio between external and internal information processing, run in parallel, based on degrees of stimuli obtained by external sensors. In a wake mode, the external information obtained by external

Masahiko Mikawa; Masahiro Yoshikawa; T. Tsujimura

2006-01-01

227

Survey of modelling methods for wind turbine wakes and wind farms  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article provides an overview and analysis of different wake-modelling methods which may be used as prediction and design tools for both wind turbines and wind farms. We also survey the available data concerning the measurement of wind magnitudes in both single wakes and wind farms, and of loading effects on wind turbines under single- and multiple-wake conditions. The relative

A. Crespo; J. Hernández; S. Frandsen

1999-01-01

228

Cylinder wakes in flowing soap films  

SciTech Connect

We present an experimental characterization of cylinder wakes in flowing soap films. From instantaneous velocity and thickness fields, we find the vortex-shedding frequency, mean-flow velocity, and mean-film thickness. Using the empirical relationship between the Reynolds and Strouhal numbers obtained for cylinder wakes in three dimensions, we estimate the effective soap-film viscosity and its dependence on film thickness. We also compare the decay of vorticity with that in a simple Rankine vortex model with a dissipative term to account for air drag. [copyright] [ital 1999] [ital The American Physical Society

Vorobieff, P.; Ecke, R.E. (Center for Nonlinear Studies, Condensed Matter and Thermal Physics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)); Vorobieff, P. (Dynamic Experimentation Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States))

1999-09-01

229

Computational hydrodynamics of animal swimming: boundary element method and three-dimensional vortex wake structure  

Microsoft Academic Search

The slender body theory, lifting surface theories, and more recently panel methods and Navier–Stokes solvers have been used to study the hydrodynamics of fish swimming. This paper presents progress on swimming hydrodynamics using a boundary integral equation method (or boundary element method) based on potential flow model. The unsteady three-dimensional BEM code 3DynaFS that we developed and used is able

Jian-Yu Cheng; Georges L. Chahine

2001-01-01

230

A Critical Review of the Transport and Decay of Wake Vortices in Ground Effect  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This slide presentation reviews the transport and decay of wake vortices in ground effect and cites a need for a physics-based parametric model. The encounter of a vortex with a solid body is always a complex event involving turbulence enhancement, unsteadiness, and very large gradients of velocity and pressure. Wake counter in ground effect is the most dangerous of them all. The interaction of diverging, area-varying, and decaying aircraft wake vortices with the ground is very complex because both the vortices and the flow field generated by them are altered to accommodate the presence of the ground (where there is very little room to maneuver) and the background turbulent flow. Previous research regarding vortex models, wake vortex decay mechanisms, time evolution within in ground effect of a wake vortex pair, laminar flow in ground effect, and the interaction of the existing boundary layer with a convected vortex are reviewed. Additionally, numerical simulations, 3-dimensional large-eddy simulations, a probabilistic 2-phase wake vortex decay and transport model and a vortex element method are discussed. The devising of physics-based, parametric models for the prediction of (operational) real-time response, mindful of the highly three-dimensional and unsteady structure of vortices, boundary layers, atmospheric thermodynamics, and weather convective phenomena is required. In creating a model, LES and field data will be the most powerful tools.

Sarpkaya, T.

2004-01-01

231

Applying canopy flow model for estimation of wind turbine wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

For the planning of large offshore wind farm the optimal spatial placing of wind turbines as well as wind farms relatively to each other is highly important to reduce the wake losses of energy. Conventional instrumental investigations of airflow characteristics around and inside an offshore wind farm aimed at understanding of far-wake behavior are very difficult and expensive. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models can provide the information on spatial patterns of wind and turbulence and thus, help to develop the optimal wind farm design. With limited level of model resolution, however, there is still a problem of how to describe the effect of a wind turbine itself on air flow. Having this problem solved the joint effects of a given number of wind turbines could be easily estimated. In present work, to describe the influence of a wind turbine on the flow a coupled canopy-atmospheric boundary-layer model SCADIS is implemented. It has been shown that this model, based on two-equation closure and modified to account for plant drag, is able to simulate airflow through a wide range of vegetation reasonably. In the numerical experiment with SCADIS the turbine's rotor was replaced by a disk of limited thickness, with diameter (D) and location of real rotor but with properties of vegetation. Aerodynamic drag values for this rotor with some 'plant' surface density can be derived from the trust coefficient Cp of the wind turbine of interest. Model results were compared with measurements from the Danish offshore wind farm Vindeby consisted of 11 Bonus 450 kW turbines (hub height and rotor diameter are 38 m and 35 m, respectively). The comparison show that the approach can describe well the single- and double-wake cases (at distance 9.6D behind the last turbine), and quintuple-wake case (at distance 8.6D). Taking in account relatively low the computing time demands of the approach, it is a promising tool for further studies of wakes of offshore wind turbines of any size and composition.

Sogachev, A.; Joergensen, H. E.; Mann, J.; Frandsen, S.; Ott, S.

2008-12-01

232

Investigation of the near and far wake of a bluff airfoil model with trailing edge modifications using time-resolved particle image velocimetry  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Experimental investigations on the topology and the structure of the near and far wake of a quasi-2D blunt NACA0012 airfoil cut at 80 % of the original chord length c master have been performed by means of time-resolved particle image velocimetry. The experiments took place in a closed-loop water tunnel at a model-thickness H-based Reynolds number of Re H = 44,000. The periodic and alternating vortex formation process at the base of the bluff model with a dimensionless frequency of Sr h = 0.2 (relating to the trailing edge height h) was investigated in detail. Subsequently, four modifications of the trailing edge geometry (broken trailing edge, square-wave base, stepped afterbody and extension of the reference model by ? c/c_master = 7.5 %) have been investigated in order to mitigate the periodic vortex formation and the alternating shedding process. In the far wake, a considerable decrease in momentum loss and resulting drag force in the range of 29 % has been achieved for this specific Reynolds number. Investigations of the time-resolved flow field proved that the periodic, alternating flow separation can be attenuated resulting in an optimized recirculation region and a low-loss wake. It can be inferred that passive flow control means like modifications of the rear end geometry of quasi-2D blunt models are a capable method to improve the flow field with respect to a minimization of momentum losses in the wake.

Krentel, Daniel; Nitsche, Wolfgang

2013-07-01

233

Measurements in 80- by 120-foot wind tunnel of hazard posed by lift-generated wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The large, low speed wind tunnel at NASA-Ames has been used to study the characteristics of lift-generated vortices involved in the definition of aircraft-separation criteria, in order to enhance airport capacity without compromising safety. Attention is given to the potential hazard caused by the vortex wake of several configurations of a subsonic transport. Measured downwash distributions in the wake of three different wake-generator configurations are obtained by means of a vortex-lattice method, in order to predict the lift and rolling moment on several models of wake-following aircraft.

Rossow, V. J.; Sacco, J. N.; Askins, P. A.; Bisbee, L. S.; Smith, S. M.

1993-01-01

234

Oscillating airfoils and their wake  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The unsteady phenomena in the wake of an oscillating wing or rotor blade are examined theoretically using the Prandtl approximation of the vortex-transport equation. A mathematical model is developed and applied to such problems as the effect of winglets on the performance of fixed wings and the possibly of employing similar designs in rotor blades. Model predictions for several profiles are compared with published and experimental measurements, and good agreement is found. Graphs and diagrams are provided.

Send, W.

1985-01-01

235

Modeling Vortex Generators in a Navier-Stokes Code  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A source-term model that simulates the effects of vortex generators was implemented into the Wind-US Navier-Stokes code. The source term added to the Navier-Stokes equations simulates the lift force that would result from a vane-type vortex generator in the flowfield. The implementation is user-friendly, requiring the user to specify only three quantities for each desired vortex generator: the range of grid points over which the force is to be applied and the planform area and angle of incidence of the physical vane. The model behavior was evaluated for subsonic flow in a rectangular duct with a single vane vortex generator, subsonic flow in an S-duct with 22 corotating vortex generators, and supersonic flow in a rectangular duct with a counter-rotating vortex-generator pair. The model was also used to successfully simulate microramps in supersonic flow by treating each microramp as a pair of vanes with opposite angles of incidence. The validation results indicate that the source-term vortex-generator model provides a useful tool for screening vortex-generator configurations and gives comparable results to solutions computed using gridded vanes.

Dudek, Julianne C.

2011-01-01

236

Time-resolved particle image velocimetry measurements of vortex and shear layer dynamics in the near wake of a tethered sphere  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The coupling between shear layer, near wake dynamics, and structural oscillations downstream of a tethered spherical pendulum undergoing vortex induced vibrations (VIV) has been experimentally investigated using time-resolved particle image velocimetry in a wind tunnel. One quarter of the sphere was imaged in the field of view (spatial resolution 0.043D) that extended to 1.17D from the sphere's center (D is the sphere diameter). Reynolds numbers based on D, ranged between 493 <= Re <= 2218 and reduced velocities between 3.18 <= U* <= 14.1, covering a non-oscillating sphere, periodic oscillations, and the onset of non-stationary sphere oscillations. After the first Hopf bifurcation, the sphere exhibited large amplitude periodic oscillations and the near-wake vortices periodically interacted with the sphere and flapping shear layer. At U* = 5.97, a ``secondary'' counterclockwise rotating vortex seemed to facilitate shear layer pinch-off. In agreement with the onset of shear layer instabilities for a stationary sphere, only at Re = 2218 power spectra of velocity fluctuations inside the shear layer indicated a weak, broad frequency peak centered at 15 Hz similar as those measured for stationary cylinders and spheres. This peak was consistent with the results of linear instability theory indicating that despite the inherent three-dimensionality of the shear layer, its instability characteristics (at least for the Re investigated here) can be considered to be quasi-two-dimensional. Small-scale, near-wake structures were observed in the instantaneous swirling strength maps at all U* and it is conjectured here that their interaction with the sphere and separating shear layer is the feedback mechanism through which VIV occurs and is sustained.

van Hout, R.; Katz, A.; Greenblatt, D.

2013-07-01

237

Passive Wake Vortex Control  

Microsoft Academic Search

The collapse of the Soviet Union and ending of the Cold War brought about many significant changes in military submarine operations. The enemies that the US Navy faces today and in the future will not likely be superpowers armed with nuclear submarines, but rather smaller, rogue nations employing cheaper diesel\\/electric submarines with advanced air-independent propulsion systems. Unlike Cold War submarine

2001-01-01

238

A model of shiftworker sleep/wake behaviour.  

PubMed

Software-based biomathematical models of alertness provide a means to estimate fatigue-related risk in advance of a schedule being worked. Obtaining a good estimate of employees' sleep/wake behaviour during non-work periods is critical in obtaining accurate estimates of alertness. This is because estimates of alertness are generated based on estimated sleep and wake times, not rest and work times per se. The purpose of the current analysis was to evaluate the predictive validity of a novel version of a previously published sleep predictor model. This model was originally designed to predict sleep probability for aviation pilots in connection with long-haul flight operations. It has since been modified to predict sleep periods for industrial shiftwork rosters in non-transmeridian environments. The algorithm uses two procedures to predict sleep timing and duration: (1) estimate the total amount of sleep likely to be obtained in a given rest period; and then (2) estimate the timing and duration of sleep periods within that rest period. The sleep periods predicted in the second procedure are generated such that their combined sum is a priori equivalent to the total amount of sleep predicted in the first procedure. The model was parameterized and validated based on a sample of 225 train drivers who collected work/rest and sleep/wake data for two weeks during normal commercial operations. Agreement between observed and predicted sleep periods was robust (percent agreement=85%) and compared favourably with agreement levels between sleep behaviours exhibited by the same individual on distinct occasions but where shift sequences were repeated. These results are discussed within the context of ongoing efforts to develop individualized biomathematical models of alertness. PMID:22239923

Darwent, David; Dawson, Drew; Roach, Gregory D

2012-03-01

239

Modeling Vortex Generators in the Wind-US Code  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A source term model which simulates the effects of vortex generators was implemented into the Wind-US Navier Stokes code. The source term added to the Navier-Stokes equations simulates the lift force which would result from a vane-type vortex generator in the flowfield. The implementation is user-friendly, requiring the user to specify only three quantities for each desired vortex generator: the range of grid points over which the force is to be applied and the planform area and angle of incidence of the physical vane. The model behavior was evaluated for subsonic flow in a rectangular duct with a single vane vortex generator, supersonic flow in a rectangular duct with a counterrotating vortex generator pair, and subsonic flow in an S-duct with 22 co-rotating vortex generators. The validation results indicate that the source term vortex generator model provides a useful tool for screening vortex generator configurations and gives comparable results to solutions computed using a gridded vane.

Dudek, Julianne C.

2010-01-01

240

Vortex  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this activity, learners create a tornado in a bottle to observe a spiraling, funnel-shaped vortex. A simple connector device allows water to drain from a 2-liter bottle into a second bottle. Learners can observe the whirling water and then repeat the process by inverting the bottle. Use this activity to talk about surface tension, pressure, gravity, friction, angular momentum, and centripetal force.

Exploratorium, The

2012-06-26

241

Experimental modeling of vortex tube refrigerator  

Microsoft Academic Search

An experimental investigation has been performed to realize thorough behavior of a vortex tube system. In this work attention has been focussed on the classification of the parameters affecting vortex tube operation. The effective parameters are divided into two different types, namely geometrical and thermo-physical ones. A reliable test rig has been designed and constructed to investigate the effect of

M. H. Saidi; M. S. Valipour

2003-01-01

242

The effect of vortex shedding on the unsteady pressure distribution around the trailing edge of a turbine blade  

Microsoft Academic Search

The wakes behind turbine blade trailing edges are characterized by large-scale periodic vortex patterns known as the von Karman vortex street. The failure of steady-state Navier-Stokes calculations in modeling wake flows appears to be mainly due to ignoring this type of flow instabilities. In an effort to contribute to a better understanding of the time-varying wake flow characteristics behind turbine

G. Cicatelli; C. H. Sieverding

1997-01-01

243

Transition and Turbulence Modeling for Blunt-Body Wake Flows  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This study attempts t o improve the modeling and computational prediction of high- speed transitional wake flows. The recently developed kappa - zeta (Enstrophy) turbulence model is coupled with a newly developed transition prediction method and implemented in an implicit flow solver well-suited to hypersonic flows. In this model, transition onset is determined as part of the solution. Results obtained using the new model for a 70- deg blunted cone/sting geometry demonstrate better agreement with experimental heat- transfer measurements when compared to laminar calculations as well as solutions using the kappa - omega model. Results are also presented for the situation where transition onset is preselected. It is shown that, in this case, results are quite sensitive to location of the transition point.

Nance, Robert P.; Horvath, Thomas J.; Hassan, H. A.

1997-01-01

244

Impacts of Wake Effect and Time Delay on the Dynamic Analysis of Wind Farms Models  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article investigates the impacts of proper modeling of the wake effects and wind speed delays, between different wind turbines' rows, on the dynamic performance accuracy of the wind farms models. Three different modeling scenarios were compared to highlight the impacts of wake effects and wind speed time-delay models. In the first scenario,…

El-Fouly, Tarek H. M.; El-Saadany, Ehab F.; Salama, Magdy M. A.

2008-01-01

245

Hot jet/wake turbulent structure and laser propagaion. Part 1: Jet/wake turbulence modeling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The prediction of laser propagation through the hot turbulent exhaust of an aircraft (or missile) requires knowledge of the detailed turbulent structure, and in particular, density/temperature fluctuations and inner/outer turbulent scales. The ability to predict the mean flow structure of round turbulent jets in an isolated environment has now become well established including hot jets and supersonic jets. However, the ability to predict density or temperature fluctuations and inner scales is poorly established, as is the ability to predict jet interactions with the aerodynamic vorticity (e.g. with the wing-tip vortex). A three-tier program of work has been in progress to enhance our understanding of the turbulent structure in hot jets and its influence on laser propagation. In Part 1 of this paper, the turbulence modeling activities will be described whose basis is the new data being generated at NASA LaRC, to be described in Part 2 of this paper. The kappa epsilon turbulence model and 'g' scalar-fluctuation extension have been implemented in this work. The coefficients of the g-equation have been revised in accordance with new temperature fluctuation data for hot, subsonic jets into still air. Data is now being gathered for hot jets in a co-flow which interact with wing-tip vortices. The inclusion of the g-equation into a Navier-Stokes framework and its analysis of this complex jet data for which detailed turbulence statistics will be available will comprise the main part of this paper. The utility of direct numerical simulation (LES approach to be described in paper by Sinha and Dash) to provide additional insight into this complex problem will also be discussed. Part 2 of this paper discusses the new data, the measurement techniques, and the complexities entailed in data reduction. Part 3 discusses the military applications (laser countermeasures), new laser propagation data through hot jets (as well as new atmospheric turbulence data), and predictive methodology.

Dash, Sandy M.; Kenzakowski, D. C.

1994-10-01

246

APPLICATION OF A STATE-SPACE WAKE MODEL TO TILTROTOR WING UNSTEADY AERODYNAMICS  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Peters\\/He Finite State Wake Model is described in its application to fixed wing aerolasticity. Expressions for coupling this model with a wing, aerodynamically represented by a flat plate with a trailing edge flap, are developed, and fidelity issues are discussed. An application is presented where the wing\\/wake system is coupled to a proprotor model. The effects of unsteady wing

Martin Stettner; Daniel P. Schrage; David A. Peters

1994-01-01

247

An extension of the local momentum theory to a distorted wake model of a hovering rotor  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The local momentum theory is based on the instantaneous balance between the fluid momentum and the blade elemental lift at a local station in the rotor rotational plane. Therefore, the theory has the capability of evaluating time wise variations of air loading and induced velocity distributions along a helicopter blade span. Unlike a complex vortex theory, this theory was developed to analyze the instantaneous induced velocity distribution effectively. The boundaries of this theory and a computer program using this theory are discussed. A concept introduced into the theory is the effect of the rotor wake contraction in hovering flight. A comparison of this extended local momentum theory with a prescribed wake vortex theory is also presented. The results indicate that the extended local momentum theory has the capability of achieving a level of accuracy similar to that of the prescribed wake vortex theory over wide range variations of rotor geometrical parameters. It is also shown that the analytical results obtained using either theory are in reasonable agreement with experimental data.

Kawachi, K.

1981-01-01

248

Time-resolved volumetric particle tracking velocimetry of large-scale vortex structures from the reattachment region of a laminar separation bubble to the wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present paper presents time-resolved volumetric Particle Tracking Velocimetry measurements in a water towing tank on a SD7003 airfoil, performed at a Reynolds number of 60,000 and a 4° angle of attack. The SD7003 airfoil was chosen because of its long mid-chord and stable laminar separation bubble (LSB), occurring on the suction side of the airfoil at low Reynolds numbers. The present study focuses on the temporal resolution of unsteady large-scale vortex structures emitted from the LSB. In contrast to other studies, where only the observation of the flow in the transition region was examined, the entire flow from the leading edge to the far wake of the airfoil was investigated here.

Wolf, E.; Kähler, C. J.; Troolin, D. R.; Kykal, C.; Lai, W.

2011-04-01

249

Exergy model of a vortex tube system with experimental results  

Microsoft Academic Search

A thermodynamic model has been used to investigate vortex tube energy separation. An equation has been derived for the rate of entropy generation. This equation is used to model the irreversibility term. A Gouy-Stodola type relation is used for the total irreversibility. The exergy-destruction rate and flow availability are estimated. A vortex-tube laboratory unit has been constructed to verify the

M. H. Saidi; M. R. Allaf Yazdi

1999-01-01

250

System Identification of a Vortex Lattice Aerodynamic Model  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The state-space presentation of an aerodynamic vortex model is considered from a classical and system identification perspective. Using an aerodynamic vortex model as a numerical simulator of a wing tunnel experiment, both full state and limited state data or measurements are considered. Two possible approaches for system identification are presented and modal controllability and observability are also considered. The theory then is applied to the system identification of a flow over an aerodynamic delta wing and typical results are presented.

Juang, Jer-Nan; Kholodar, Denis; Dowell, Earl H.

2001-01-01

251

Sound Generation by Aircraft Wake Vortices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report provides an extensive analysis of potential wake vortex noise sources that might be utilized to aid in their tracking. Several possible mechanisms of aircraft vortex sound generation are examined on the basis of discrete vortex dynamic models and characteristic acoustic signatures calculated by application of vortex sound theory. It is shown that the most robust mechanisms result in very low frequency infrasound. An instability of the vortex core structure is discussed and shown to be a possible mechanism for generating higher frequency sound bordering the audible frequency range. However, the frequencies produced are still low and cannot explain the reasonably high-pitched sound that has occasionally been observed experimentally. Since the robust mechanisms appear to generate only very low frequency sound, infrasonic tracking of the vortices may be warranted.

Hardin, Jay C.; Wang, Frank Y.

2003-01-01

252

Turbulent near wake of an Ahmed vehicle model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The lasting high fuel cost has recently inspired resurgence in drag reduction research for vehicles, which calls for a thorough understanding of the vehicle wake. The simplified Ahmed vehicle model is characterized by controllable flow separation, thus especially suitable for this purpose. In spite of a considerable number of previous investigations, our knowledge of flow around this model remains incomplete. This work aims to revisit turbulent flow structure behind this model. Two rear slant angles, i.e., ? = 25º and 35º, of the model were examined, representing two distinct flow regimes. The Reynolds number was 5.26 × 104 based on the model height ( H) and incident flow velocity. Using particle image velocimetry (PIV), flow was measured with and without a gap ( g/H = 0.174) between the vehicle underside and ground in three orthogonal planes, viz. the x- z, x- y and y- z planes, where x, y, and z are the coordinates along longitudinal, transverse, and spanwise directions, respectively. The flow at g/H = 0 serves as an important reference for the understanding of the highly complicated vehicle wake ( g/H ? 0). While reconfirming the well-documented major characteristics of the mean flow structure, both instantaneous and time-averaged PIV data unveil a number of important features of the flow structure, which have not been previously reported. As such, considerably modified flow structure models are proposed for both regimes. The time-averaged velocities, second moments of fluctuating velocities, and vorticity components are presented and discussed, along with their dependence on g/H in the two distinct flow regimes.

Wang, X. W.; Zhou, Y.; Pin, Y. F.; Chan, T. L.

2013-04-01

253

Information Requirements for Supervisory Air Traffic Controllers in Support of a Mid-Term Wake Vortex Departure System  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A concept focusing on wind dependent departure operations has been developed the current version of this concept is called the Wake Turbulence Mitigation for Departures (WTMD). This concept takes advantage the fact that cross winds of sufficient velocity blow wakes generated by "heavy" and B757 category aircraft on the downwind runway away from the upwind runway. Supervisory Air Traffic Controllers would be responsible for authorization of the Procedure. An investigation of the information requirements necessary to for Supervisors to approve monitor and terminate the Procedure was conducted. Results clearly indicated that the requisite information is currently available in air traffic control towers and that additional information was not required.

Lohr, Gary W.; Williams, Daniel M.; Trujillo, Anna C.; Johnson, Edward J.; Domino, David A.

2008-01-01

254

Influence of Wake Models on Calculated Tiltrotor Aerodynamics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The tiltrotor aircraft configuration has the potential to revolutionize air transportation by providing an economical combination of vertical take-off and landing capability with efficient, high-speed cruise flight. To achieve this potential it is necessary to have validated analytical tools that will support future tiltrotor aircraft development. These analytical tools must calculate tiltrotor aeromechanical behavior, including performance, structural loads, vibration, and aeroelastic stability, with an accuracy established by correlation with measured tiltrotor data. The recent test of the Tilt Rotor Aeroacoustic Model (TRAM) with a single,l/4-scale V-22 rotor in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel (DNW) provides an extensive set of aeroacoustic, performance, and structural loads data. This paper will examine the influence of wake models on calculated tiltrotor aerodynamics, comparing calculations of performance and airloads with TRAM DNW measurements. The calculations will be performed using the comprehensive analysis CAMRAD II.

Johnson, Wayne

2001-01-01

255

Wake flows behind two-dimensional model hills  

SciTech Connect

Laser-Doppler measurements of velocity characteristics are reported for the recirculating flow established in the wake of 2D polynomial-shaped obstacles that are axisymmetrical about a vertical axis and mounted in a water channel downstream of a fully developed channel flow for Re = 6 x 10 exp 4. The study involves measurements of the mean and fluctuating flow properties in the streamwise and spanwise directions and includes comparison of the flow around a single obstacle with that resulting from the interaction of consecutive obstacles. The results include analysis of the turbulent stresses in local flow coordinates and reveal flow structure qualitatively similar to that found in other turbulent flows with a reattachmeat zone and, for the case of multiple hills, resembling the flow over wavy surfaces of large amplitude. The implications of the results for the calculation of turbulent flows over curved boundaries using turbulence models are discussed. 38 refs.

Almeida, G.P.; Durao, D.F.G.; Heitor, M.V. (Lisboa, Univ. Tecnica, Lisbon (Portugal))

1993-07-01

256

The Dynamics Of Multiple Vortex Breakdown Bubbles In Confined Swirling Flows: Quasi-Periodic Order In The Wake Of Chaos  

Microsoft Academic Search

We study numerically and experimentally the Lagrangian characteristics of the flow in the interior of vortex breakdown (VB) bubbles in a closed container with a rotating lid for governing parameters within the steady, two-bubble regime. The dynamics of the first bubble are chaotic and consistent with those previously uncovered for VB bubbles in the single-bubble regime. In striking contrast, however,

Tahirih C. Lackey; Fotis Sotiropoulos; Donald R. Webster

2000-01-01

257

Stochastic differential equation models of vortex merging and reconnection  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We show that the stochastic differential equation (SDE) model for the merger of two identical two-dimensional vortices proposed by Agullo and Verga [``Exact two vortices solution of Navier-Stokes equation,'' Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2361 (1997)] is a special case of a more general class of SDE models for N interacting vortex filaments. These toy models include vorticity diffusion via a white noise forcing of the inviscid equations, and thus extend inviscid models to include core dynamics and topology change (e.g., merger in two dimensions and vortex reconnection in three dimensions). We demonstrate that although the N=2 two-dimensional model is qualitatively and quantitatively incorrect, it can be dramatically improved by accounting for self-advection. We then extend the two-dimensional SDE model to three dimensions using the semi-inviscid asymptotic approximation of Klein et al. [``Simplified equations for the interactions of nearly parallel vortex filaments,'' J. Fluid Mech. 288, 201 (1995)] for nearly parallel vortices. This model is nonsingular and is shown to give qualitatively reasonable results until the approximation of nearly parallel vortices fails. We hope these simple toy models of vortex reconnection will eventually provide an alternative perspective on the essential physical processes involved in vortex merging and reconnection.

Kevlahan, N. K.-R.

2005-06-01

258

Numerical simulation and control of horseshoe vortex around an appendage-body junction  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The horseshoe vortex generated around the appendage-body junction of submarines strongly influences the non-uniformity of submarine wakes at the propeller discs. The flow characteristics around the appended submarine body are numerically simulated and analyzed, and a new method on the vortex control baffle is presented. Then, the influence of the vortex control baffle on the horseshoe vortex generated at the sail-body junction is numerically studied, and the flow phenomena caused by the vortex control baffle with different transverse positions is investigated further. Results show that the vortex control baffle can induce a kind of attached vortex in a rotational direction opposite to the horseshoe vortex; these two kinds of vortices undermine each other. Furthermore, when the transverse position of the vortex control baffle is close to the horseshoe vortex, the state of the horseshoe vortex is directly affected, and the flow structure becomes even more complex. We adapt the vortex control baffle for the horseshoe vortex generated at the stern foil-body junction. Results from the numerical simulation of the flow around the fully appended submarine model indicate that the effect of the vortex control baffle greatly improves the performance of the submarine wake. The circumferential non-uniformity of the axial, tangential, and radial velocity components are decreased markedly. The engineering applicability of the vortex control baffle has been well presented.

Zhihua, Liu; Ying, Xiong; Chengxu, Tu

2011-01-01

259

Development of test methods for scale model simulation of aerial applications in the NASA Langley Vortex Research Facility. [agricultural aircraft  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

As part of basic research to improve aerial applications technology, methods were developed at the Langley Vortex Research Facility to simulate and measure deposition patterns of aerially-applied sprays and granular materials by means of tests with small-scale models of agricultural aircraft and dynamically-scaled test particles. Interactions between the aircraft wake and the dispersed particles are being studied with the objective of modifying wake characteristics and dispersal techniques to increase swath width, improve deposition pattern uniformity, and minimize drift. The particle scaling analysis, test methods for particle dispersal from the model aircraft, visualization of particle trajectories, and measurement and computer analysis of test deposition patterns are described. An experimental validation of the scaling analysis and test results that indicate improved control of chemical drift by use of winglets are presented to demonstrate test methods.

Jordan, F. L., Jr.

1980-01-01

260

Studies on Unsteady Vortex Motions Including Thermo - Interactions.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An inviscid unsteady vortex dynamics study is presented here to study the flow details in several free and bounded shear flows. The specific flows considered here are the starting vortex behind sharp edges, the vortex street behind bluff body wakes, the plane mixing layers between two streams and the wall bounded vortex street. Using the unsteady vortex dynamics models developed for each of these flows and through the Lagrangian dynamics computational approach, the streakline and pathline pattern have been computed for these flows. From the combined study of the computed streakline and pathline pattern, various flow visualization details and the illusions created by the streaklines have been identified and explained. With the accuracy of the unsteady vortex model for the vortex street wake having been verified by the good agreement obtained between the computed and flow visualization results, the model has been used to investigate the different flow interactions present in this complex flow. The first case chosen for analysis is the thermo-fluid interaction that exists in this flow. It has been shown, through the computed instantaneous total temperature, that the bluff body wake exhibits regions of separated energy. Further, the well known phenomenon of Eckert-Weise effect, which predicts a cold near wake, has been obtained by temporally averaging the instantaneous total temperature, thus proving that the cause of this phenomenon is the unsteady vortex motion in the wake. In a similar manner, the familiar result of a loss in total pressure in the near wake can be interpreted to result from the time averaged total pressure separation phenomenon. The second case considered here for the vortex interaction study is the interference caused by the channel walls in a wall bounded vortex street wake. From the computed streakline pattern and also through the flow visualization studies, an interesting vortex dynamics result that forces the flow from both sides of the wake to interchange their sides has been obtained. This result explains the mechanism for the static temperature reversal between the two sides of a wall bounded wake that was observed by Minchin. Further, the present computational study highlights the important inviscid entrainment effects of the convecting vortices by showing that the eruption-like appearance of the wall layer streaklines observed in the flow visualization pictures is predominantly due to the inviscid entrainment effects and not merely caused by the viscous effects.

Sundaram, P.

261

Vortex dynamics and scalar transport in the wake of a bluff body driven through a steady recirculating flow  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The air ventilation system in wide-body aircraft cabins provides passengers with a healthy breathing environment. In recent years, the increase in global air traffic has amplified contamination risks by airborne flu-like diseases and terrorist threats involving the onboard release of noxious materials. In particular, passengers moving through a ventilated cabin may transport infectious pathogens in their wake. This paper presents an experimental investigation of the wake produced by a bluff body driven through a steady recirculating flow. Data were obtained in a water facility using particle image velocimetry and planar laser induced fluorescence. Ventilation attenuated the downward convection of counter-rotating vortices produced near the free-end corners of the body and decoupled the downwash mechanism from forward entrainment, creating stagnant contaminant regions.

Poussou, Stephane B.; Plesniak, Michael W.

2012-09-01

262

Does a 'two-stream' flow model apply to wakes of large bodies in space  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Structural patterns of ion and electron currents observed on the wake axes of the Ariel I and the Gemini 10 space vehicles are reexamined, together with relevant theoretical and laboratory 'simulation' studies. Some insight into existing in situ data is provided. The possibility that 'converging-stream' models describe structural features of current enhancements in the wake region of large spacecraft is discussed.

Samir, U.; Stone, N. H.; Oran, W. A.

1974-01-01

263

Field measurements and modeling of dilution in the wake of a US navy frigate  

Microsoft Academic Search

A field measurement and computer modeling effort was made to assess the dilution field of pulped waste materials discharged into the wake of a US Navy frigate. Pulped paper and fluorescein dye were discharged from the frigate’s pulper at known rates. The subsequent particle and dye concentration field was then measured throughout the wake by a following vessel using multiple

C. N Katz; D. B Chadwick; J Rohr; M Hyman; D Ondercin

2003-01-01

264

A physiologically based model of orexinergic stabilization of sleep and wake.  

PubMed

The orexinergic neurons of the lateral hypothalamus (Orx) are essential for regulating sleep-wake dynamics, and their loss causes narcolepsy, a disorder characterized by severe instability of sleep and wake states. However, the mechanisms through which Orx stabilize sleep and wake are not well understood. In this work, an explanation of the stabilizing effects of Orx is presented using a quantitative model of important physiological connections between Orx and the sleep-wake switch. In addition to Orx and the sleep-wake switch, which is composed of mutually inhibitory wake-active monoaminergic neurons in brainstem and hypothalamus (MA) and the sleep-active ventrolateral preoptic neurons of the hypothalamus (VLPO), the model also includes the circadian and homeostatic sleep drives. It is shown that Orx stabilizes prolonged waking episodes via its excitatory input to MA and by relaying a circadian input to MA, thus sustaining MA firing activity during the circadian day. During sleep, both Orx and MA are inhibited by the VLPO, and the subsequent reduction in Orx input to the MA indirectly stabilizes sustained sleep episodes. Simulating a loss of Orx, the model produces dynamics resembling narcolepsy, including frequent transitions between states, reduced waking arousal levels, and a normal daily amount of total sleep. The model predicts a change in sleep timing with differences in orexin levels, with higher orexin levels delaying the normal sleep episode, suggesting that individual differences in Orx signaling may contribute to chronotype. Dynamics resembling sleep inertia also emerge from the model as a gradual sleep-to-wake transition on a timescale that varies with that of Orx dynamics. The quantitative, physiologically based model developed in this work thus provides a new explanation of how Orx stabilizes prolonged episodes of sleep and wake, and makes a range of experimentally testable predictions, including a role for Orx in chronotype and sleep inertia. PMID:24651580

Fulcher, Ben D; Phillips, Andrew J K; Postnova, Svetlana; Robinson, Peter A

2014-01-01

265

Lidar and numerical studies on the different evolution of vortex pair and secondary wake in young contrails  

Microsoft Academic Search

Vortex-regime evolution of contrails is investigated by focusing on the role of ambient humidity. Lidar cross-section measurements and observational analysis are combined with numerical simulations of fluid dynamics and microphysics. Contrail evolution behind four-turbofan aircraft is classified into three different scenarios. In the case of ice-subsaturated air, a visible pair of wingtip vortices is formed that disappears at the end

Ralf Sussmann; Klaus M. Gierens

1999-01-01

266

Contrail Formation in Aircraft Wakes Using Large-Eddy Simulations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In this work we analyze the issue of the formation of condensation trails ("contrails") in the near-field of an aircraft wake. The basic configuration consists in an exhaust engine jet interacting with a wing-tip training vortex. The procedure adopted relies on a mixed Eulerian/Lagrangian two-phase flow approach; a simple micro-physics model for ice growth has been used to couple ice and vapor phases. Large eddy simulations have carried out at a realistic flight Reynolds number to evaluate the effects of turbulent mixing and wake vortex dynamics on ice-growth characteristics and vapor thermodynamic properties.

Paoli, R.; Helie, J.; Poinsot, T. J.; Ghosal, S.

2002-01-01

267

The critical state - A trapped wave model of vortex breakdown.  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A model of vortex breakdown is presented, and its predictions are compared with the experiments of Sarpkaya (1971). The model is centered about a theory of long, weakly nonlinear waves propagating on critical flows in tubes of variable cross section. Although the weakly nonlinear theory must be extended beyond its domain of formal validity, many of the experimentally observed features of vortex breakdown are reproduced by the model. The description of the time evolution of the flowfield that is presented requires numerical calculations that are not simple, but some important conclusions may be determined by easy computations. In particular, the axial position of a breakdown may be found from a very simple equation.

Randall, J. D.; Leibovich, S.

1973-01-01

268

Analytical model of long-span bridge vortex-shedding response  

Microsoft Academic Search

Civil engineering structures exposed to wind flow frequently experience vortex-induced vibrations. The detrimental effects of these vibrations are a direct result of fluid passing across an aerodynamically bluff body, separating along its contours, and forming a wake. At a critical value of Reynold's number, an instability in the separated layers develops, and vortices form in a complicated process that involves

Hussein Mohammed Barhoush

1993-01-01

269

Identifying optimal vortex spacing for swimming and flying animals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Swimming and flying animals generate thrust by creating an unsteady vortex wake through the oscillation of their appendages. To determine the vortex spacing that maximizes propulsive efficiency, a finite core vortex array model was developed to compute the unsteady velocity field generated by vortex streets representative of bio- inspired propulsion. The model systematically varies the streamwise and transverse spacing between vortex cores to determine the time averaged velocity field induced by a reverse von Karman vortex street and a uniform freestream velocity. Experimental particle image velocimetry was conducted in the wake of a rigid pitching panel to determine the size and strength of the vortex cores to input to the model. Viscosity is accounted for by assuming a Gaussian vorticity distribution around the vortex core. A linear spatial stability analysis was performed on the computed velocity profiles to determine which vortex configuration leads to efficient propulsion. Here it is assumed that efficient propulsion proceeds when the driving frequency of the vortex street matches the resonant frequency of velocity jet.

Dewey, Peter A.; Moored, Keith W.; Quinn, Daniel B.; Smits, Alexander J.

2011-11-01

270

High-resolution dynamical modelling of the Antarctic stratospheric vortex  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Progress is reported on the high-resolution three-dimensional numerical simulation of flows characteristic of the Antarctic wintertime stratosphere. The numerical model is a modified version of the Reading University sigma-coordinate used previously for tropospheric studies. Physical parameterizations are kept to a minimum in order to concentrate as much computing power as possible on simulating details of the dynamical processes. The major question addressed is whether the features observed in recent high-resolution two-dimensional simulations - namely: (1) the formation of a sharp edge to the vortex (seen in the potential vorticity field), (2) the survival of the polar vortex in a material entity, and (3) the formation of small-scale eddies rough the break-up of tongues of high potential vorticity drawn out from the polar vortex - are realized in three-dimensional simulations.

Haynes, P. H.

1988-01-01

271

Vortex shedding in a model of superflow  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present paper represents part of the Ph.D. dissertation by C. Josserand [Dynamique des superfluides: Nucleation de vortex et transition de premier, Thesis Université Paris VI, 1997]. We discuss the nucleation of quantized vortices in the nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLS) for a flow around a disk in two spatial dimensions. It appears that the vortices are nucleated when the flow becomes locally (at the edge of the disk) supersonic. A detailed study of the phase equation for the complex field ? gives an Euler-Tricomi type equation for the stationary solutions below threshold. This equation is closely related to the one known in shock wave dynamics for gas. Then using the solvability condition, we extract a time-dependent scenario for the evolution of the amplitude of the solution, which we, finally, relate to a known family solution of NLS which gives rise to a vortex nucleation. We also give a first order correction at the Landau velocity of nucleation, taking into account the geometry of the flow.

Josserand, C.; Pomeau, Y.; Rica, S.

1999-10-01

272

Remote measurement utilizing NASA's scanning laser Doppler systems. Volume 1. Laser Doppler wake vortex tracking at Kennedy Airport  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Test operations of the Scanning Laser Doppler System (SLDS) at Kennedy International Airport (KIA) during August 1974 through June 1975 are reported. A total of 1,619 data runs was recorded with a totally operational system during normal landing operations at KIA. In addition, 53 data runs were made during cooperative flybys with the C880 for a grand total of 1672 recorded vortex tracks. Test crews were in attendance at KIA for 31 weeks, of which 25 weeks were considered operational and the other six were packing, unpacking, setup and check out. Although average activity equates to 67 recorded landing operations per week, two periods of complete runway inactivity spanned 20 days and 13 days, respectively. The operation frequency therefore averaged about 88 operations per week.

Krause, M. C.; Wilson, D. J.; Howle, R. E.; Edwards, B. B.; Craven, C. E.; Jetton, J. L.

1976-01-01

273

Helicoidal vortex model for wind turbine aeroelastic simulation  

Microsoft Academic Search

The vortex method has been extended to account for blade flexibility, which is a potential source of unsteadiness in the flow past a wind turbine rotor. The code has been validated previously under the assumption of rigid blades. The aerodynamics method is based on the Goldstein model, which distributes the flow vorticity on rigid helicoidal surfaces defined uniquely by the

Jean-Jacques Chattot

2007-01-01

274

Model for Vortex Ring State Influence on Rotorcraft Flight Dynamics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The influence of vortex ring state (VRS) on rotorcraft flight dynamics is investigated, specifically the vertical velocity drop of helicopters and the roll-off of tiltrotors encountering VRS. The available wind tunnel and flight test data for rotors in vortex ring state are reviewed. Test data for axial flow, non-axial flow, two rotors, unsteadiness, and vortex ring state boundaries are described and discussed. Based on the available measured data, a VRS model is developed. The VRS model is a parametric extension of momentum theory for calculation of the mean inflow of a rotor, hence suitable for simple calculations and real-time simulations. This inflow model is primarily defined in terms of the stability boundary of the aircraft motion. Calculations of helicopter response during VRS encounter were performed, and good correlation is shown with the vertical velocity drop measured in flight tests. Calculations of tiltrotor response during VRS encounter were performed, showing the roll-off behavior characteristic of tiltrotors. Hence it is possible, using a model of the mean inflow of an isolated rotor, to explain the basic behavior of both helicopters and tiltrotors in vortex ring state.

Johnson, Wayne

2005-01-01

275

Modelling on cavitation in a diffuser with vortex generator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Based on cavitation modelling in Laval nozzle results and experience, problem with the diffuser with vortex generator was defined. The problem describes unsteady multiphase flow of water. Different cavitation models were used when modelling in Fluent, flow condition is inlet and pressure condition is outlet. Boundary conditions were specified by Energy Institute, Victor Kaplan's Department of Fluid Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology. Numerical modelling is compared with experiment.

Jablonská, J.

2013-04-01

276

Center vortex model for the infrared sector of SU(3) Yang-Mills theory: Vortex free energy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The vortex free energy is studied in the random vortex world-surface model of the infrared sector of SU(3) Yang-Mills theory. The free energy of a center vortex extending into two spatial directions, which is introduced into Yang-Mills configurations when acting with the ’t Hooft loop operator, is verified to furnish an order parameter for the deconfinement phase transition. It is shown to exhibit a weak discontinuity at the critical temperature, corresponding to the weak first-order character of the transition.

Quandt, M.; Reinhardt, H.; Engelhardt, M.

2005-03-01

277

Investigation of Murine Models for Sleep, Wakefulness and Target Discovery.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Genetic inhibition of two genes, an orphan GPCR and a kinase, have been shown to produce changes in the behavior of mice that suggest the ability to promote sleep and to promote extended wakefulness. One of these is a well- known clock gene, but its effec...

G. Ye K. Savelieva T. Lanthorn

2007-01-01

278

The Unsteady Wake Generated by a Rotor in Ground Effect  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Helicopters flying close to the ground encounter many handling qualities problems. Large unsteady forces near the main and tail rotors are believed to be a major cause of these problems. We investigate the structure of the unsteady wake generated by multibladed rotors in ground effect. A vortex lattice method with a free wake model is used to simulate the tip-vortex and the method of images is used to model the ground and the blades are modeled using the lifting surface method. The rotor wake is advanced in time until periodicity is attained. Unsteadiness in the form of instantaneous velocities is studied at different planes on the advancing and retreating sides of the tail rotor to identify the plane with the maximum unsteadiness. The root-mean-square of the deviation of the instantaneous velocity from the time averaged velocity over a given period is used to quantify the unsteadiness

Pulla, Devi

2005-11-01

279

Dynamics of wake structure in clapping propulsion  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Some animals such as insects and frogs use a pair of symmetric flaps for locomotion. In some cases, these flappers operate in close proximity or even touch each other. In order to understand the underlying physics of these kinds of motion, we have studied the wake structures induced by clapping and their associated thrust performance. A simple mechanical model with two acrylic plates was used to simulate the power stroke of the clapping motion and three-dimensional flow fields were obtained using defocusing digital particle image velocimetry. Our studies show that the process of vortex connection plays a critical role in forming a downstream closed vortex loop. Under some kinematic conditions, this vortex loop changes its shape dynamically, which is analogous to the process of an elliptical vortex ring switching its minor and major axis. As the length of the plate along the rotating shaft decreases to change an aspect ratio, the downstream motion of the vortex is retarded due to the outward motion of side edge vortices and less propulsive force is generated per the surface area of the plate. The impact of compliance and stroke angle of the plate on wake structures and thrust magnitudes are also presented.

Kim, Daegyoum; Gharib, Morteza

2009-11-01

280

Wind tunnel investigation of helicopter-rotor wake effects on three helicopter fuselage models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The effects of rotor wake on helicopter fuselage aerodynamic characteristics were investigated in the Langley V/STOL tunnel. Force, moment, and pressure data were obtained on three fuselage models at various combinations of windspeed, sideslip angle, and pitch angle. The data show that the influence of rotor wake on the helicopter fuselage yawing moment imposes a significant additional thrust requirement on the tail rotor of a single-rotor helicopter at high sideslip angles.

Wilson, J. C.; Mineck, R. E.

1975-01-01

281

Downstream Development of the Wakes behind Cylinders  

Microsoft Academic Search

Wake development behind circular cylinders and flat plates was investigated in the research water tanks. The aluminium dust method was used to observe the flow patterns. At the intermediate Reynolds number range the Kármán vortex streets are formed in the wakes behind cylindrical obstacles. But these primary Kármán vortex streets are not stable. They are more and more deformed as

Sadatoshi Taneda

1959-01-01

282

Aerodynamic flow vectoring of a wake using asymmetric synthetic jet actuation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper reports an experimental investigation on the wake of a blunt-based, flat plate subjected to aerodynamic flow vectoring using asymmetric synthetic jet actuation. Wake vectoring was achieved using a synthetic jet placed at the model base 2.5 mm from the upper corner. The wake Reynolds number based on the plate thickness was 7,200. The synthetic jet actuation frequency was selected to be about 75 % the vortex shedding frequency of the natural wake. At this actuation frequency, the synthetic jet delivered a periodic flow with a momentum coefficient, C ?, of up to 62 %. Simultaneous measurements of the streamwise and transverse components of the velocity were performed using particle image velocimetry (PIV) in the near wake. The results suggested that for significant wake vectoring, vortex shedding must be suppressed first. Under the flow conditions cited above, C ? values in the range of 10-20 % were required. The wake vectoring angle seemed to asymptote to a constant value of about 30° at downstream distances, x/ h, larger than 4 for C ? values ranging between 24 and 64 %. The phase-averaged vorticity contours and the phase-averaged normal lift force showed that most of the wake vectoring is produced during the suction phase of the actuation, while the blowing phase was mostly responsible for vortex shedding suppression.

Ben Chiekh, Maher; Ferchichi, Mohsen; Béra, Jean-Christophe

2012-12-01

283

Numerical Modeling of an Axisymmetric Trapped Vortex Combustor  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper is concerned with the numerical study of the effect of injection momentum on the flow field, fuel-air distribution and temperature distribution within the cavity of an axisymmetric trapped vortex combustor (TVC) under reacting flow condition. Shear Stress Transport (SST) k-? model was used for turbulence modeling while combustion was simulated using the Eddy Dissipation Model (EDM). The predicted velocity field and temperature profile inside the cavity matched reasonably well with the experimental results available in literature. Reacting flow studies revealed that when the cavity momentum flux ratio, MFR c ? 1, the TVC exhibited similar flow features, irrespective of the relative momentum between the cavity and the mainstream flow. For these cases, a single vortex, rotating in the stream-wise was established within the cavity. The temperature distribution was also found to be similar within the cavity for these cases. However, nonuniform fuel air distribution was observed for these cases. In contrast, MFR c > 1 cases exhibited entirely different flow pattern. For these cases, multiple vortices were observed within the cavity, with a counter streamwise vortex oriented at the bottom wall. Within this counter streamwise vortex, the temperature distribution was observed to be uniform. Hence, MFR c is the dictating factor in determining the flow and temperature field within the TVC cavity. Beside this, by maintaining same aft- and fore-wall dimensions, a counter rotating vortex characterized by better fuel-air mixing within the entire cavity domain can be established for MFR C > 1 cases, which needs further investigation in future.

Ezhil Kumar, P. K.; Mishra, D. P.

2011-04-01

284

Application of Three-Component PIV to a Hovering Rotor Wake  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The key to accurate predictions of rotorcraft aerodynamics, acoustics, and dynamics lies in the accurate representation of the rotor wake. The vortical wake computed by rotorcraft CFD analyses typically suffer from numerical dissipation before the first blade passage. With some a priori knowledge of the wake trajectory, grid points can be concentrated along the trajectory to minimize the dissipation. Comprehensive rotorcraft analyses based on lifting-line theory rely on classical vortex models and/or semi-empirical information about the tip vortex structure. Until the location, size, and strength of the trailed tip vortex can be measured over a range of wake ages, the analyses will continue to be adjusted on a trial and error basis in order to correctly predict blade airloads, acoustics, dynamics, and performance. Using the laser light sheet technique, tip vortex location can be acquired in a straightforward manner. Measuring wake velocities and vortex core size, however, has been difficult and tedious using point-measurement techniques such as laser velocimetry. Recently, the Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) technique has proven to be an efficient method for acquiring velocity measurements over relatively large areas and volumes of a rotor wake. The work reported to date, however, has been restricted to 2-component velocity measurements of the rotor wake. Three-component velocity measurements of a hovering rotor wake were acquired at NASA Ames Research Center in May 1999. This experiment represents a major step toward understanding the detailed structure of a rotor wake. This paper will focus primarily on the experimental technique used in acquiring this data. The accuracy and limitations of the current technique will also be discussed. Representative velocity field measurements will be included.

Yamauchi, Gloria K.; Lourenco, Luiz; Heineck, James T.; Wadcock, Alan J.; Abrego, Anita I.; Aiken, Edwin W. (Technical Monitor)

2000-01-01

285

Numerical Simulation of Wake Vortices Measured During the Idaho Falls and Memphis Field Programs  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A numerical large-eddy simulation model is under modification and testing for application to aircraft wake vortices. The model, having a meteorological framework, permits the interaction of wake vortices with environments characterized by crosswind shear, stratification, and humidity. As part of the validation process, model results are compared with measured field data from the 1990 Idaho Falls and the 1994-1995 Memphis field experiments. Cases are selected that represent different aircraft and a cross section of meteorological environments. Also included is one case with wake vortex generation in ground effect. The model simulations are initialized with the appropriate meteorological conditions and a post roll-up vortex system. No ambient turbulence is assumed in our initial set of experiments, although turbulence can be self generated by the interaction of the model wakes with the ground and environment.

Proctor, Fred H.

1996-01-01

286

The Junction Point Model: A Field Model of Waking, Sleeping, and Dreaming, Relating Dream Witnessing, the Waking\\/Sleeping Transition, and Transcendental Meditation in Terms of a Common Psychophysiologic State  

Microsoft Academic Search

A field model of waking, sleeping, and dreaming, called the junction point model, portrays waking, NREM-sleep, and REM-dreaming as expressions of a single, undifferentiated state. EEG data are presented that support this model: (1) in the transitions between waking, NREM-sleep, and REM-dreaming, bursts of similar frequency EEG—7 to 9 Hz—are seen that do not seem generated by known sleep mechanisms,

Frederick Travis

1994-01-01

287

Numerical Simulation and Wake Modeling of Wind Turbine Rotor as AN Actuator Disk  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerical simulations of flow fields around the wind turbine rotor simplified as an actuator disk (AD) with zero thickness have been made to investigate the flow structure and wake development in different operation states. A N-S solver has been used and the energy extracted by the rotor is represented by a discontinuous pressure jump through the actuator disk. Axial pressure and velocity development from far upstream to far downstream is fully described by the simulations, which could never be obtained by the momentum theory. It is showed that there are significant differences in wake development between inviscid and viscous conditions. In inviscid simulations, the axial velocity keeps decreasing along the oncoming flow direction, which is consistent with the momentum theory. In viscous simulations, however, the axial velocity first decreases but then gradually recovers approaching to the undisturbed velocity, due to momentum transport from outer flow to wake flow by viscous shear effect. Based on the numerical analysis, the work of this paper is also focused on wake modeling. A new two-dimensional models based on nonlinear wake development has been developed, which is capable to describe the far wake more accurately.

Shen, Xiang; Wang, Tongguang; Zhong, Wei

288

Effect of leading-edge vortex flaps on aerodynamic performance of delta wings  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The effect of leading-edge vortex flaps on the aerodynamic characteristics of highly swept-back wings is analytically investigated, using the free vortex sheet method. The method, based on a three-dimensional inviscid flow model, is an advanced panel type employing quadratic doublet distributions to represent the wing surface, rolled-up vortex sheet and wake and is capable of computing forces, moments and surface pressures.

Reddy, C. S.

1981-01-01

289

Vortex sheet modeling with higher order curved panels. Ph.D Thesis Final Technical Report  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A numerical technique is presented for modeling the vortex sheet with a deformable surface definition, along which a continuous vortex strength distribution in the spanwise direction is applied, so that by repeatedly modifying its shape, its true configuration is approached, in the proximity of its generating wing. Design problems requiring the inclusion of a realistic configuration of the vortex sheet are numerous. Examples discussed include: control effectiveness and stability derivatives, longitudinal stability, lateral stability, canards, propellers and helicopter rotors, and trailing vortex hazards.

Nagati, M. G.

1985-01-01

290

Polar Vortex Variability in the CMIP5 Models  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Variability in the wintertime stratospheric polar vortex is dominated by annular modes that have important influence on tropospheric climate and surface weather patterns. This variability is dominated by variations in the strength of the polar vortex and is represented by the stratospheric Northern Annular Mode (SNAM). The second mode, designated the Polar Annular Mode (PAM), represents variability in the North-South location of the vortex. The ability of state-of-the-art climate models to accurately represent these modes is crucial in accurately simulating variability in the stratosphere and stratosphere-troposphere interactions. To assess the veracity of stratospheric simulations in current models, a suite of runs from different members of the CMIP5 experiment are analyzed. The climatological winter stratosphere for each model is calculated and the strength and location of the polar vortex are compared with observations. Principal component analyses of daily stratospheric zonally averaged zonal winds from the historical scenario are then employed with the first principal component characterizing the SNAM and the second representing the PAM. For each model, the latitudinal structure of the spatial pattern and the relative variance explained for each mode are calculated and compared to observations. In addition, long-term trends in the principal component timeseries and preferred timescales of each mode and model are examined. Finally, models are binned into "high-top" and "low-top" categories based on the degree of resolution of the stratosphere. High-top and low-top averages are calculated to test for biases in the ability to accurately simulate observed stratospheric variability among models with different vertical resolutions.

McDaniel, B.

2012-12-01

291

Diversity and Noise Effects in a Model of Homeostatic Regulation of the Sleep-Wake Cycle  

PubMed Central

Recent advances in sleep neurobiology have allowed development of physiologically based mathematical models of sleep regulation that account for the neuronal dynamics responsible for the regulation of sleep-wake cycles and allow detailed examination of the underlying mechanisms. Neuronal systems in general, and those involved in sleep regulation in particular, are noisy and heterogeneous by their nature. It has been shown in various systems that certain levels of noise and diversity can significantly improve signal encoding. However, these phenomena, especially the effects of diversity, are rarely considered in the models of sleep regulation. The present paper is focused on a neuron-based physiologically motivated model of sleep-wake cycles that proposes a novel mechanism of the homeostatic regulation of sleep based on the dynamics of a wake-promoting neuropeptide orexin. Here this model is generalized by the introduction of intrinsic diversity and noise in the orexin-producing neurons, in order to study the effect of their presence on the sleep-wake cycle. A simple quantitative measure of the quality of a sleep-wake cycle is introduced and used to systematically study the generalized model for different levels of noise and diversity. The model is shown to exhibit a clear diversity-induced resonance: that is, the best wake-sleep cycle turns out to correspond to an intermediate level of diversity at the synapses of the orexin-producing neurons. On the other hand, only a mild evidence of stochastic resonance is found, when the level of noise is varied. These results show that disorder, especially in the form of quenched diversity, can be a key-element for an efficient or optimal functioning of the homeostatic regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. Furthermore, this study provides an example of a constructive role of diversity in a neuronal system that can be extended beyond the system studied here.

Patriarca, Marco; Postnova, Svetlana; Braun, Hans A.; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Toral, Raul

2012-01-01

292

Stabilization of vortices in the wake of a circular cylinder using harmonic forcing.  

PubMed

We explore whether vortex flows in the wake of a fixed circular cylinder can be stabilized using harmonic forcing. We use Föppl's point vortex model augmented with a harmonic point source-sink mechanism which preserves conservation of mass and leaves the system Hamiltonian. We discover a region of Lyapunov-stable vortex motion for an appropriate selection of parameters. We identify four unique parameters that affect the stability of the vortices: the uniform flow velocity, vortex equilibrium positions, forcing amplitude, and forcing frequency. We assess the robustness of the controller using a Poincaré section. PMID:21797478

Chamoun, Georges C; Schilder, Frank; Brøns, Morten

2011-06-01

293

Numerical Study of Tip Vortex Flows  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper presents an overview and summary of the many different research work related to tip vortex flows and wake/trailing vortices as applied to practical engineering problems. As a literature survey paper, it outlines relevant analytical, theoretical, experimental and computational study found in literature. It also discusses in brief some of the fundamental aspects of the physics and its complexities. An appendix is also included. The topics included in this paper are: 1) Analytical Vortices; 2) Experimental Studies; 3) Computational Studies; 4) Wake Vortex Control and Management; 5) Wake Modeling; 6) High-Lift Systems; 7) Issues in Numerical Studies; 8) Instabilities; 9) Related Topics; 10) Visualization Tools for Vertical Flows; 11) Further Work Needed; 12) Acknowledgements; 13) References; and 14) Appendix.

Dacles-Mariani, Jennifer; Hafez, Mohamed

1998-01-01

294

Wind Speed Estimation and Wake model Re-calibration for Downregulated Offshore Wind Farms  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent years, the wind farm sizes have increased tremendously and with increasing installed capacity, the wind farms are requested to downregulate from their maximum possible power more frequently, especially in the offshore environment. Determination of the possible (or available) power is crucial not only because the reserve power has considerable market value but also for wind farm developers to be properly compensated for the loss during downregulation. While the available power calculation is straightforward for a single turbine, it gets rather complicated for the whole wind farm due to the change in the wake characteristics. In fact, the wake losses generated by the upstream turbine(s) decrease during downregulation and the downstream turbines therefore see more wind compared to the normal operation case. Currently, the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have no real way to determine exactly the available power of a whole wind farm which is downregulated. Therefore, the PossPOW project aims to develop a verified and internationally accepted way to determine the possible power of a down-regulated offshore wind farm. The first phase of the project is to estimate the rotor effective wind speed. Since the nacelle anemometers are not readily available and are known to have reliability issues, the proposed method is to use power, pitch angle and rotational speed as inputs and combine it with a generic Cp model to estimate the wind speed. The performance of the model has been evaluated for both normal operation and downregulation periods using two different case studies: Horns Rev-I wind farm and NREL 5MW single turbine. During downregulation, the wake losses are not as severe and the velocity deficits at the downstream turbines are smaller as if also the wake is "downregulated". On the other hand, in order to calculate the available power, the wakes that would have been produced normally (if the turbines were not curtailed) are of importance, not the downregulated wake. For this reason, the proposed methodology is to use the clear wind without the wake (downregulated or not) as inputs to the wake model. Then a dynamic wake model can be directly applied to estimate the velocity deficit row by row inside the wind farm and calculate the possible power output on the wind farm scale. Most of the computationally affordable wake models have only been used to acquire long term, statistical information and verified using 10-min averaged data. However for smaller averaging bins or real-time modeling, the dynamics of the flow inside the wind farm such as wind direction variability and wake meandering is much more significant. Therefore GCLarsen wake model, which has been implemented in WindPro and shown to perform also well on offshore in Wake benchmark work package in EERA-DTOC, is re-calibrated and validated for single wake case in Horns Rev-I offshore wind farm.

Göçmen Bozkurt, Tuhfe; Giebel, Gregor; Kjølstad Poulsen, Niels; Réthoré, Pierre-Elouan; Mirzaei, Mahmood

2014-05-01

295

A vortex-filament and core model for wings with edge vortex separation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A vortex filament-vortex core method for predicting aerodynamic characteristics of slender wings with edge vortex separation was developed. Semi-empirical but simple methods were used to determine the initial positions of the free sheet and vortex core. Comparison with available data indicates that: (1) the present method is generally accurate in predicting the lift and induced drag coefficients but the predicted pitching moment is too positive; (2) the spanwise lifting pressure distributions estimated by the one vortex core solution of the present method are significantly better than the results of Mehrotra's method relative to the pressure peak values for the flat delta; (3) the two vortex core system applied to the double delta and strake wings produce overall aerodynamic characteristics which have good agreement with data except for the pitching moment; and (4) the computer time for the present method is about two thirds of that of Mehrotra's method.

Pao, J. L.; Lan, C. E.

1982-01-01

296

Design of an Aircraft Vortex Spacing System for Airport Capacity Improvement  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is addressing airport capacity enhancements through the Terminal Area Productivity (TAP) program. Within TAP, the Reduced Spacing Operations element at the NASA Langley Research Center is developing an Aircraft VOrtex Spacing System (AVOSS). AVOSS will integrate the output of several systems to produce weather dependent, dynamic wake vortex spacing criteria. These systems provide current and predicted weather conditions, models of wake vortex transport and decay in these weather conditions, and real-time feedback of wake vortex behavior from sensors. The goal of the NASA program is to provide the research and development to demonstrate an engineering model AVOSS, in real-time operation, at a major airport. A wake vortex system test facility was established at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in 1997 and tested in 1998. Results from operation of the initial AVOSS system, plus advances in wake vortex prediction and near-term weather forecast models, "nowcast", have been integrated into a second-generation system. This AVOSS version is undergoing final checkout in preparation for a system demonstration in 2000. This paper describes the revised AVOSS system architecture, subsystem enhancements, and initial results with AVOSS version 2 from a deployment at DFW in the fall of 1999.

Hinton, David A.; Charnock, James K.; Bagwell, Donald R.

2000-01-01

297

Homogeneous vortex model for liquid slosh in spinning spherical tanks  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The problem of forced fluid sloshing in a partially filled spinning spherical tank is solved numerically using the finite element method. The governing equations include Coriolis acceleration, empirical fluid damping and spatially homogeneous vorticity first introduced by Pfeiffer. An exponential instability similar to flutter is detected in the present simulation for fill ratios below 50 percent. This instability appears in the model as a result of the homogeneous vortex assumption since the free slosh equations are neutrally stable in the Liapunov sense.

El-Raheb, M.; Wagner, P.

1979-01-01

298

Point vortex dynamics: Recent results and open problems  

SciTech Connect

The concept of point vortex motion, a classical model in the theory of two-dimensional, incompressible fluid mechanics, was introduced by Helmholtz in 1858. Exploration of the solutions to these equations has made fitful progress since that time as the point vortex model has been brought to bear on various physical situations: atomic structure, large-scale weather patterns, ''vortex street'' wakes, vortex lattices in superfluids and superconductors, etc. The point vortex equations also provide an interesting example of transition to chaotic behavior. We give a brief historical introduction to these topics and develop two of them in particular to the point of current understanding: steadily moving configurations of point vortices; and collision dynamics of vortex pairs. 26 refs.

Aref, H.; Kadtke, J.B.; Zawadzki, I.; Campbell, L.J.; Eckhardt, B.

1987-01-01

299

On vortex bursting  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Vortex bursting is studied by means of visualization. The physical behavior of the phenomenon is emphasized, and its similarity with boundary layer separation or wake bursting becomes apparent. The essential influence of an increasing pressure gradient on the initiation, the position and the type of bursting is clearly confirmed. The evolution of the phenomena as a function of several parameters is analyzed in the case of delta wings, alone or installed on aircraft models, and compared with the results of similar wind tunnel or flight tests.

Werle, H.

1984-01-01

300

Modelling of Cassini charging and wake formation in Saturn's Magnetosphere  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A self-consistent three-dimensional particle-in-cell code has been employed to explore modifications of the spacecraft (SC) potential and the resultant wake structure in a wide range of distances from the planet (for the dipole shell in the range L~ 4 -10). The plasma parameters derived from the Cassini plasma spectrometer (CAPS) measurements during the Saturn orbit insertion (SOI) period on June 30, 2004 [1], and CAPS data obtained in the inner equatorial magnetosphere in 2005 on Oct. 11 and 29, Nov. 27 and Dec. 24 [2] have been used as input data.

Yaroshenko, V. V.; Miloch, W.; Vladimirov, S.; Morfill, G. E.

2011-10-01

301

Experimental study on effect of a new vortex control baffler and its influencing factor  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The horseshoe vortex generated around the sail-body junction of submarine has an important influence on the non-uniformity of submarine wake at propeller disc. The flow characteristics in the horseshoe vortex generated area are analyzed, and a new method of vortex control baffler is presented. The influence of vortex control baffler on the flow field around submarine main body with sail is numerically simulated. The wind tunnel experiment on submarine model is carried out, and it is proved that the vortex control baffler can weaken the horseshoe vortex and decrease the non-uniformity of the wake at propeller disc. It is shown from the experiment results that the effect of vortex control baffler depends on its installation position; with a proper installation position, the non-uniform coefficient of submarine wake would be declined by about 50%; the Reynolds number of submarine model has an influence on the effect of vortex control baffler too, and the higher the Reynolds number is, the better the effect of the vortex control baffler is.

Liu, Zhi-Hua; Xiong, Ying; Wang, Zhan-Zhi; Wang, Song; Tu, Cheng-Xu

2011-03-01

302

Applying dynamic wake models to large swirl velocities for optimal propellers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The dynamic wake model is applied to the optimal propeller systems originally studied by the classic aerodynamicists: Betz, Prandtl and Goldstein. Several modified forms of the model are theoretically developed to extend the applicable range to flight conditions with a large swirl velocity component. Dynamic wake model calculations accurately predict the inflow behavior for helicopter rotors, including axial flow for large tip-speed ratios, (OR/V infinity) ? 20. The swirl velocity is a prominent component for small tip-speed ratios (?5), typical of forward flight for tiltrotor craft such as the V-22 Osprey and the BA609. Dynamic wake calculation results are compared to the closed-form solutions by Prandtl and Goldstein. The exact and approximate solutions correlate strongly for infinite blade cases and finite blade cases with a large tip-speed ratio. The original form of the He-Peters and Morillo-Peters dynamic wake models converge poorly for small tip-speed ratios, due to neglect of the swirl velocity. Derivations are presented for several adaptations of the models to account for the large apparent mass at the inboard blade region. A best modified form is chosen and the associated empirical factor is optimized to correlate well with Prandtl's solution. Error norms for the original and modified forms of the dynamic wake model are presented for propellers of various number of blades and a range of tip-speed ratios. The Goldstein solution is also studied in depth and conclusions are drawn for improving the dynamic wake model.

Makinen, Stephen M.

303

Demonstration of rapid-scan two-dimensional laser velocimetry in the Langley Vortex Research Facility for research in aerial applications  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Tests were conducted to demonstrate a rapid scan two dimensional laser velocimeter (LV) measurement technique for aerial applications research. The LV system is capable of simultaneously measuring both vertical and axial flow velocity components in a near or far field vortex system. Velocity profiles were successfully measured in the wake vortex of a representative agricultural aircraft model, with the vortex system rapidly transporting in ground effect. Results indicate that the laser velocimetry technique can provide quantitative information of wake vortex characteristics in ground effect.

Gartrell, L. R.; Jordan, F. L., Jr.

1977-01-01

304

Dynamic parameters in models of atmospheric vortex structures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Vortex simulation and the computation of fields of dynamic parameters of vortex structures (velocity, rotor velocity, and helicity) are carried out with the use of exact hydrodynamic equations in a cylindrical coordinate system. Components of centripetal and Coriolis accelerations are taken into account in the initial equations. Internal and external solutions are defined. Internal solutions ignore the disturbances of the pressure field, but they are considered in external solutions. The simulation is carried out so that the effect of accounting for spatial coordinates on the structure of the above fields is pronounced. It is shown that the initial kinetic energy of rotating motion transforms into the kinetic energy of radial and vertical velocity components in models with centripetal acceleration. In models with Coriolis acceleration, the Rossby effect is clearly pronounced. The method of an "inverse problem" is used for finding external solutions, i.e., reconstruction of the pressure field at specified velocity components. Computations have shown that tangential components mainly contribute to the velocity and helicity vortex moduli at the initial stage.

Dobryshman, E. M.; Kochina, V. G.; Letunova, T. A.

2013-09-01

305

Recent Developments on Airborne Forward Looking Interferometer for the Detection of Wake Vortices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A goal of these studies was development of the measurement methods and algorithms necessary to detect wake vortex hazards in real time from either an aircraft or ground-based hyperspectral Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS). This paper provides an update on research to model FTS detection of wake vortices. The Terminal Area Simulation System (TASS) was used to generate wake vortex fields of 3-D winds, temperature, and absolute humidity. These fields were input to the Line by Line Radiative Transfer Model (LBLRTM), a hyperspectral radiance model in the infrared, employed for the FTS numerical modeling. An initial set of cases has been analyzed to identify a wake vortex IR signature and signature sensitivities to various state variables. Results from the numerical modeling case studies will be presented. Preliminary results indicated that an imaging IR instrument sensitive to six narrow bands within the 670 to 3150 per centimeter spectral region would be sufficient for wake vortex detection. Noise floor estimates for a recommended instrument are a current research topic.

Daniels, Taumi S.; Smith, William L.; Kirev, Stanislav

2012-01-01

306

Vortex-Based Aero- and Hydrodynamic Estimation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Flow control strategies often require knowledge of unmeasurable quantities, thus presenting a need to reconstruct flow states from measurable ones. In this thesis, the modeling, simulation, and estimator design aspects of flow reconstruction are considered. First, a vortex-based aero- and hydrodynamic estimation paradigm is developed to design a wake sensing algorithm for aircraft formation flight missions. The method assimilates wing distributed pressure measurements with a vortex-based wake model to better predict the state of the flow. The study compares Kalman-type algorithms with particle filtering algorithms, demonstrating that the vortex nonlinearities require particle filters to yield adequate performance. Furthermore, the observability structure of the wake is shown to have a negative impact on filter performance regardless of the algorithm applied. It is demonstrated that relative motions can alleviate the filter divergence issues associated with this observability structure. In addition to estimator development, the dissertation addresses the need for an efficient unsteady multi-body aerodynamics testbed for estimator and controller validation studies. A pure vortex particle implementation of a vortex panel-particle method is developed to satisfy this need. The numerical method is demonstrated on the impulsive startup of a flat plate as well as the impulsive startup of a multi-wing formation. It is clear, from these validation studies, that the method is able to accommodate the unsteady wake effects that arise in formation flight missions. Lastly, successful vortex-based estimation is highly dependent on the reliability of the low-order vortex model used in representing the flow of interest. The present treatise establishes a systematic framework for vortex model improvement, grounded in optimal control theory and the calculus of variations. By minimizing model predicted errors with respect to empirical data, the shortcomings of the baseline vortex model can be revealed and reconciled. Here, the method is demonstrated on an impulse matching model for canonical unsteady wing maneuvers and reveals the shortcomings of the Kutta condition in such flows. The resulting analysis sheds light on the governing physical processes and provides guidance for model improvement for the unsteady aerodynamics associated with these canonical wing maneuvers.

Hemati, Maziar Sam

307

Recent advances in modeling of wind turbine wake vortical structure using a differential actuator disk theory  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents the recent developments of a new CFD-based method aimed at predicting wind turbine aerodynamics, where velocity and pressure discontinuities are used to model the vortical system that creates lift on the turbine blades. To illustrate the ability of the present model to predict induced wake effect, the case of the taper wing is thoroughly analyzed and effects

Christophe Sibuet Watters; Christian Masson

2007-01-01

308

A Model For the Limiting Time in Vortex Ring Formation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In another presentation, Gharib et at provide experimental results to show that when a vortex ring is created from a pipe by a piston, there is a limiting time or piston stroke length beyond which multiple rings appear. This time appeared to be insensitive to piston velocity history and Reynolds number. Nature might exploit such a. limit in different contexts to coherently deliver mass or momentum flux with the least number of strokes. Here, a simple hypothesis is considered: the limiting time occurs when the apparatus is no longer able to deliver energy at a rate compatible with the requirement, due to Kelvin, that a steady vortex ring have maximum energy given circulation and impulse. More specifically, the limit is expected to occur when the quantity alpha = E/square root of Gamma(sup 3)I delivered by the piston drops below the value, alpha(sub lim) for a limiting steady vortex ring solution. The resulting predictions agree very well with the experiments (after using alpha(sub lim) measured using the experimental flow fields). The insensitivity to piston history also emerges from the model. Finally, piston histories are designed that may extend the limiting time somewhat.

Shariff, Karim; Gharib, Morteza; Rambod, Edmond; Merriam, Marshal (Technical Monitor)

1997-01-01

309

Three-dimensional topology and dynamical modelling of vortex shedding from finite surface-mounted bluff bodies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

While the dynamically rich behaviour of fully turbulent wakes is very high dimensional, the most energetic, large scale coherent structures generated through instability processes are typically low dimensional and are thereby conducive to reduced order modeling procedures. These large scale eddies associated with the flow instability have the most anisotropic and geometry dependent topology and act as a source of kinetic energy in the cascade process, making them the most important to characterize. Dissipative small scale structure can then be modelled with reasonable accuracy by traditional means. The present study experimentally educes the coherent structures in the complex three-dimensional wake of a wall-mounted finite square-cross-section cylinder of aspect ratio h/d = 4 and 8 immersed in boundary layers of thickness delta/d = 0.72 and 2.6 at a Reynolds number of 12,000. Coherent structure eduction is carried out using phase averaging and a novel generalized phase averaging technique that incorporates proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) modes that are most important in the nonlinear instability saturation process. Global flow estimation and mode construction is undertaken using linear pressure-POD coefficient correlations, applicable to experimental investigations where practicality demands that subdomains of the global field are measured asynchronously. The large-scale coherent structures of the wakes investigated are analyzed in terms of their topology, their turbulent kinetic energy (amounting to roughly half the total fluctuation energy), and their influence on turbulence production. The educed coherent vortical structures are found to have either full-loop or half-loop topological structure depending on the boundary layer thickness, showing vortical connector strands connecting alternately shed vortices from either side of the obstacle. The structure provides an explanation of the dipole and quadrupole distributions of streamwise vorticity that have previously been observed in these types of three-dimensional wakes. The reduced order nonlinear Galerkin models derived for the dynamics of the coherent structures using the generalized phase average are shown to successfully account for the slow base flow transients, the instability saturation mechanism, and the excitation of the second harmonic modes. KEYWORDS: Full-loop vortex shedding, Half-loop vortex shedding, Finite wall-mounted bluff-bodies, Coherent structures, Trailing vortices, Reduced order modelling, Proper orthogonal decomposition, Linear stochastic estimation, Particle image velocimetry.

Bourgeois, Jason A.

310

Rotor Wake Development During the First Revolution  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The wake behind a two-bladed model rotor in light climb was measured using particle image velocimetry, with particular emphasis on the development of the trailing vortex during the first revolution of the rotor. The distribution of vorticity was distinguished from the slightly elliptical swirl pattern. Peculiar dynamics within the void region may explain why the peak vorticity appeared to shift away from the center as the vortex aged, suggesting the onset of instability. The swirl and axial velocities (which reached 44 and 12 percent of the rotor-tip speed, respectively) were found to be asymmetric relative to the vortex center. In particular, the axial flow was composed of two concentrated zones moving in opposite directions. The radial distribution of the circulation rapidly increased in magnitude until reaching a point just beyond the core radius, after which the rate of growth decreased significantly. The core-radius circulation increased slightly with wake age, but the large-radius circulation appeared to remain relatively constant. The radial distributions of swirl velocity and vorticity exhibit self-similar behaviors, especially within the core. The diameter of the vortex core was initially about 10 percent of the rotor-blade chord, but more than doubled its size after one revolution of the rotor. According to vortex models that approximate the measured data, the core-radius circulation was about 79 percent of the large-radius circulation, and the large-radius circulation was about 67 percent of the maximum bound circulation on the rotor blade. On average, about 53 percent of the maximum bound circulation resides within the vortex core during the first revolution of the rotor.

McAlister, Kenneth W.

2003-01-01

311

Parametric and internal study of the vortex tube using a CFD model  

Microsoft Academic Search

A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model is used to investigate the energy separation mechanism and flow phenomena within a counter-flow vortex tube. A two-dimensional axi-symmetric CFD model has been developed that exhibits the general behavior expected from a vortex tube. The model results are compared to experimental data obtained from a laboratory vortex tube operated with room temperature compressed air.

N. F. Aljuwayhel; G. F. Nellis; S. A. Klein

2005-01-01

312

High-resolution offshore wake simulations with the LES model PALM  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The turbulent wake of a wind turbine is important especially in wind farms, as it can affect the flow and power output of downstream turbines. Upstream turbines extract momentum of the mean flow so that the power output of subsequent turbines is reduced. On the other hand, the turbulence intensity is significantly enhanced which results in an increased load for downstream turbines. The marine atmospheric boundary layer is different from that onshore, especially in terms of a lower turbulence intensity and a higher wind speed due to the smaller roughness. So far, there has been little experience in simulating a realistic marine boundary layer. Models used for the design and energy yield prediction of offshore wind farms usually base upon onshore measurements. Several wind turbine models have been implemented in the LES model PALM: a simple uniformly loaded actuator disk model, an enhanced non-uniformly loaded actuator disk model which also accounts for rotational effects and an actuator line model. The comparison of the three turbine models for the wake of a single turbine shows, that the enhanced actuator disk model is a significant improvement and provides similarly good results as the computationally unfeasible actuator line model. With the enhanced actuator disk model simulations of a single wake have been conducted, using different inflow boundary conditions. The results have been compared with observations from the offshore test site "alpha ventus". So far, only cyclic inflow boundary conditions have been used for wake simulations, whose major drawback is the re-inflow of air already modified by the wind turbine. With non-cyclic boundary conditions, used for the first time in wake simulations, the inflow profile at the turbine remains undisturbed and constant in time. The additional application of a turbulent inflow results in a fully turbulent flow already at the inflow boundary, so that the model domain can be significantly reduced. Finally, results of a simulation of the offshore wind farm "alpha ventus" will be shown.

Witha, B.; Steinfeld, G.; Heinemann, D.; Stütz, E.

2012-04-01

313

Calculations of axisymmetric vortex sheet roll-up using a panel and a filament model  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A method for calculating the self-induced motion of a vortex sheet using discrete vortex elements is presented. Vortex panels and vortex filaments are used to simulate two-dimensional and axisymmetric vortex sheet roll-up. A straight forward application using vortex elements to simulate the motion of a disk of vorticity with an elliptic circulation distribution yields unsatisfactroy results where the vortex elements move in a chaotic manner. The difficulty is assumed to be due to the inability of a finite number of discrete vortex elements to model the singularity at the sheet edge and due to large velocity calculation errors which result from uneven sheet stretching. A model of the inner portion of the spiral is introduced to eliminate the difficulty with the sheet edge singularity. The model replaces the outermost portion of the sheet with a single vortex of equivalent circulation and a number of higher order terms which account for the asymmetry of the spiral. The resulting discrete vortex model is applied to both two-dimensional and axisymmetric sheets. The two-dimensional roll-up is compared to the solution for a semi-infinite sheet with good results.

Kantelis, J. P.; Widnall, S. E.

1986-01-01

314

An Empirical Model for Vane-Type Vortex Generators in a Navier-Stokes Code  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An empirical model which simulates the effects of vane-type vortex generators in ducts was incorporated into the Wind-US Navier-Stokes computational fluid dynamics code. The model enables the effects of the vortex generators to be simulated without defining the details of the geometry within the grid, and makes it practical for researchers to evaluate multiple combinations of vortex generator arrangements. The model determines the strength of each vortex based on the generator geometry and the local flow conditions. Validation results are presented for flow in a straight pipe with a counter-rotating vortex generator arrangement, and the results are compared with experimental data and computational simulations using a gridded vane generator. Results are also presented for vortex generator arrays in two S-duct diffusers, along with accompanying experimental data. The effects of grid resolution and turbulence model are also examined.

Dudek, Julianne C.

2005-01-01

315

Building wake diffusion  

SciTech Connect

A recent review of building-wake diffusion models for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) compares model predictions of centerline concentrations in building wakes with concentrations observed in experiments at seven nuclear reactors. In general, the model predictions are conservative in that they tend to predict concentrations that are greater than those actually observed. However, the models show little skill in accounting for variations in the observed concentrations. Analysis of experimental data indicates that the general form of the standard wake diffusion models is inconsistent with observed variation of concentrations in the wakes. The inconsistency is especially marked for ground-level releases. As an interim measure, multiple linear regression techniques have been used to develop a statistical building wake model alternative to the current models. This paper describes the statistical wake model and compares it with other models. 11 refs., 4 figs.

Ramsdell, J.V.

1989-01-01

316

A vortex-filament and core model for wings with edge vortex separation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A method for predicting aerodynamic characteristics of slender wings with edge vortex separation was developed. Semiempirical but simple methods were used to determine the initial positions of the free sheet and vortex core. Comparison with available data indicates that: the present method is generally accurate in predicting the lift and induced drag coefficients but the predicted pitching moment is too positive; the spanwise lifting pressure distributions estimated by the one vortex core solution of the present method are significantly better than the results of Mehrotra's method relative to the pressure peak values for the flat delta; the two vortex core system applied to the double delta and strake wing produce overall aerodynamic characteristics which have good agreement with data except for the pitching moment; and the computer time for the present method is about two thirds of that of Mehrotra's method.

Pao, J. L.; Lan, C. E.

1981-01-01

317

A Wake Source Model for an Inclined Flat Plate in a Uniform Stream.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The wake-source potential flow model for bluff bodies, suggested by Parkinson and Jandali, was extended to the nonsymmetric case of an inclined flat plate in a uniform stream. For angles of inclination up to 60 or 70 degrees, the theory predicts the surfa...

M. E. Davies

1974-01-01

318

Field measurements and modeling of dilution in the wake of a US navy frigate.  

PubMed

A field measurement and computer modeling effort was made to assess the dilution field of pulped waste materials discharged into the wake of a US Navy frigate. Pulped paper and fluorescein dye were discharged from the frigate's pulper at known rates. The subsequent particle and dye concentration field was then measured throughout the wake by a following vessel using multiple independent measures. Minimum dilution of the pulped paper reached 3.2 x 10(5) within 1900 m behind the frigate, or about 8 min after discharge. Independent measures typically agreed within 25% of one another and within 20% of model predictions. Minimum dilution of dye reached 2.3 x 10(5) at a down-wake distance of approximately 3500 m, or roughly 15 min. Comparison to model measurements were again within 20%. The field test was not only successful at characterizing wake dilution under one set of at-sea conditions, but was successful at validating the computer model used for assessing a wide range of ships and conditions. PMID:12907193

Katz, C N; Chadwick, D B; Rohr, J; Hyman, M; Ondercin, D

2003-08-01

319

The wake model for azimuthal brightness variations in Saturn's A-ring  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A dynamical model offering a possible explanation for azimuthal brightness variations in Saturn's ring A is considered. The orbits of ring particles encountering a massive moonlet (radius = about 100 m) are integrated numerically. It is seen that a density wake is produced if the random velocities of the ring particles are much smaller than 1 cm/s.

Karttunen, H.

1983-01-01

320

Wake Geometry Measurements and Analytical Calculations on a Small-Scale Rotor Model.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

An experimental investigation was conducted in the Langley 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel to quantify the rotor wake behind a scale model helicopter rotor in forward level flight at one thrust level. The rotor system in this test consisted of a four-blade...

T. A. Ghee J. D. Berry L. A. J. Zori J. W. Elliott

1996-01-01

321

A point vortex dipole model of an isolated modon  

SciTech Connect

A point vortex dipole model for an isolated modon governed by the Charney--Hasegawa--Mima (CHM) equation is developed, building on the point vortex formulation of Zabusky and McWilliams (Phys. Fluids {bold 25}, 2175 (1982)). The model dipole is compared to the exact modon solution in order to determine parameter values for which the model dipole matches the modon's speed and far-field behavior. The model allows one to study nonuniform motions analytically. It predicts that right-moving modons in uniform motion should be stable in the sense that their paths exhibit small-amplitude oscillations in response to small perturbations of their initial orientation. It also predicts that left-moving modons in uniform motion should be unstable, being pushed into finite-amplitude motions by arbitrarily small perturbations. These predictions are confirmed by direct numerical simulation of modons evolving under the CHM equation. It is noted that although the distribution of vorticity within modons may be Lyapunov stable in nearly uniform motions, the paths of modons may be unstable to asymmetric perturbations.

Hobson, D.D. (Department of Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (USA))

1991-12-01

322

Mesh sensitivity analysis on wind farms using CFD wind flow models and CFD wake models  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the present framework, renewables seem to take every day more weight in the current energy policies. Among many types, wind energy, has already a great presence within green energies with great perspectives for the coming decades. A very effective tool for wind resource estimation is computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This technique solves the flow motion governing equations taking into account the recirculation effects and flow separation. Obviously, CFD results depend not only on modeling set up but also on achieving mesh independence. Meshing the computational domain must be the result of an optimized function taking into account two parameters: results accuracy and computational costs. In order to optimize the mesh, two sensitivity analysis are done through different battery cases. The geometrical parameters defining the mesh such as horizontal resolution, expansion of the different areas, height of the computational domain among others are analyzed. The main objective is to furnish a guideline of meshing parameters for CFDWind1.0 users through studies of wind flow over complex terrain and offshore. The results obtained over complex terrain shown very good accuracy and the grid geometry is optimized enough. Nevertheless, for wake model studies, the current modelisation can be improved and some further works are proposed. Keywords: CFD wind flow model, CFD wake model, Mesh sensitivity analysis, OpenFOAM, grid independence.

Garcia Barcelo, Roger

323

Modeling the impact of impulsive stimuli on sleep-wake dynamics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A neuronal population model of the sleep-wake switch is extended to incorporate impulsive external stimuli. The model includes the mutual inhibition of the sleep-active neurons in the hypothalamic ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO) and the wake-active monoaminergic brainstem populations (MA), as well as circadian and homeostatic drives. Arbitrary stimuli are described in terms of their relative effects on the VLPO and MA nuclei and represent perturbations on the normal sleep-wake dynamics. By separating the model’s intrinsic time scales, an analytic characterization of the dynamics in a reduced model space is developed. Using this representation, the model’s response to stimuli is studied, including the latency to return to wake or sleep, or to elicit a transition between the two states. Since sensory stimuli are known to excite the MA, we correspondingly investigate the model’s response to auditory tones during sleep, as in clinical sleep fragmentation studies. The arousal threshold is found to vary approximately linearly with the model’s total sleep drive, which includes circadian and homeostatic components. This relationship is used to reproduce the clinically observed variation of the arousal threshold across the night, which rises to a maximum near the middle of the night and decreases thereafter. In a further application of the model, time-of-night arousal threshold and body temperature variations in an experimental sleep fragmentation study are replicated. It is proposed that the shift of the extrema of these curves to a greater magnitude later in the night is due to the homeostatic impact of the frequent nocturnal disturbances. By modeling the underlying neuronal interactions, the methods presented here allow the prediction of arousal state responses to external stimuli. This methodology is fundamentally different to previous approaches that model the clinical data within a phenomenological framework. As a result, a broader understanding of how impulsive external stimuli modulate arousal is gained.

Fulcher, B. D.; Phillips, A. J. K.; Robinson, P. A.

2008-11-01

324

Dynamic analysis of marine risers with vortex excitation  

SciTech Connect

The basic equations for nonplanar transverse vibrations of marine risers are derived from the theory of elastic rods. A numerical method is developed for solution of the equations by time integration. Spatial discretization is accomplished by a hybrid finite element method. Vortex excitation is modeled by the coupled wake oscillator proposed by Iwan and Blevins. The vortex oscillator equations are integrated numerically in time along with the riser equations. By way of example, several typical riser problems are analyzed including forced vibration and vortex-induced vibration.

Nordgren, R.P.

1982-03-01

325

Control-oriented modeling and identification of delta wing vortex-coupled roll dynamics  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents the derivation of a control-oriented vortex-based nonlinear state space representation of free-to-roll motion of a delta wing based on a modified nonlinear indicial response method, in conjunction with an internal state-space representation. The relationship among the vortex breakdown location, rolling moment coefficient and roll angle are developed. The proposed model, in fact, integrates the vortex breakdown location

M. Pakmehr; B. W. Gordon; C. A. Rabbath

2005-01-01

326

A quantitative model of sleep-wake dynamics based on the physiology of the brainstem ascending arousal system.  

PubMed

A quantitative, physiology-based model of the ascending arousal system is developed, using continuum neuronal population modeling, which involves averaging properties such as firing rates across neurons in each population. The model includes the ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO), where circadian and homeostatic drives enter the system, the monoaminergic and cholinergic nuclei of the ascending arousal system, and their interconnections. The human sleep-wake cycle is governed by the activities of these nuclei, which modulate the behavioral state of the brain via diffuse neuromodulatory projections. The model parameters are not free since they correspond to physiological observables. Approximate parameter bounds are obtained by requiring consistency with physiological and behavioral measures, and the model replicates the human sleep-wake cycle, with physiologically reasonable voltages and firing rates. Mutual inhibition between the wake-promoting monoaminergic group and sleep-promoting VLPO causes ;;flip-flop'' behavior, with most time spent in 2 stable steady states corresponding to wake and sleep, with transitions between them on a timescale of a few minutes. The model predicts hysteresis in the sleep-wake cycle, with a region of bistability of the wake and sleep states. Reducing the monoaminergic-VLPO mutual inhibition results in a smaller hysteresis loop. This makes the model more prone to wake-sleep transitions in both directions and makes the states less distinguishable, as in narcolepsy. The model behavior is robust across the constrained parameter ranges, but with sufficient flexibility to describe a wide range of observed phenomena. PMID:17440218

Phillips, A J K; Robinson, P A

2007-04-01

327

Dissipative N-point-vortex Models in the Plane  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A method is presented for constructing point vortex models in the plane that dissipate the Hamiltonian function at any prescribed rate and yet conserve the level sets of the invariants of the Hamiltonian model arising from the SE (2) symmetries. The method is purely geometric in that it uses the level sets of the Hamiltonian and the invariants to construct the dissipative field and is based on elementary classical geometry in ?3. Extension to higher-dimensional spaces, such as the point vortex phase space, is done using exterior algebra. The method is in fact general enough to apply to any smooth finite-dimensional system with conserved quantities, and, for certain special cases, the dissipative vector field constructed can be associated with an appropriately defined double Nambu-Poisson bracket. The most interesting feature of this method is that it allows for an infinite sequence of such dissipative vector fields to be constructed by repeated application of a symmetric linear operator (matrix) at each point of the intersection of the level sets.

Shashikanth, Banavara N.

2010-02-01

328

The interaction of helical tip and root vortices in a wind turbine wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Analysis of the helical vortices measured behind a model wind turbine in a water channel are reported. Phase-locked measurements using planar particle image velocimetry are taken behind a Glauert rotor to investigate the evolution and breakdown of the helical vortex structures. Existing linear stability theory predicts helical vortex filaments to be susceptible to three unstable modes. The current work presents tip and root vortex evolution in the wake for varying tip speed ratio and shows a breaking of the helical symmetry and merging of the vortices due to mutual inductance between the vortical filaments. The merging of the vortices is shown to be steady with rotor phase, however, small-scale non-periodic meander of the vortex positions is also observed. The generation of the helical wake is demonstrated to be closely coupled with the blade aerodynamics, strongly influencing the vortex properties which are shown to agree with theoretical predictions of the circulation shed into the wake by the blades. The mutual inductance of the helices is shown to occur at the same non-dimensional wake distance.

Sherry, Michael; Nemes, András; Lo Jacono, David; Blackburn, Hugh M.; Sheridan, John

2013-11-01

329

A Hybrid Vortex Method for Two-Dimensional Flow Over Tube Bundles  

SciTech Connect

A hybrid vortex method is presented for computing flows about objects that accurately resolves the boundary layer details while keeping the number of free vortices at a reasonable level. The method uses a wall layer model close to the body surface and discrete vortex blobs in the free wake. Details of the wall layer implementation are presented, and results of sample calculations are compared with known analytical solutions and with calculations from other vortex codes. These results show that the computed boundary layer details are accurate to approximately 0.3 percent of analytical solutions while using three orders of magnitude fewer vortices than other vortex simulations.

Strickland, J.H.; Wolfe, W.P.

1998-11-13

330

Investigation of Model Wake Blockage Effects at High Angles of Attack in Low-Speed Wind Tunnel  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To improve the fidelity of measured aerodynamic characteristics at high angle of attack for modern jet fighters, this paper examines the model wake blockage effect. The wake blockage effect in a 2.2×3.1 m low-speed wind tunnel is investigated by analyzing drag and wall pressure measurements. Circular flat plates of different sizes are used to simulate a test model at high angles of attack. The present analysis results in simple formulas for corrections of model wake blockage effect. To verify the present correction formula, the NASA TP-1803 model is force-tested in the tunnel. The corrected test data agree well with the NASA TP-1803 data.

Shyu, Lih-Shyng; Chuang, Shu-Hao

331

Theories, Models, and Frameworks Related to Sleep-Wake Disturbances in the Context of Cancer  

PubMed Central

The purpose of this article was to review theories, models, and frameworks of sleep disturbances referenced in the cancer literature. Sleep-wake disturbances in cancer are a significant problem that negatively affects quality of life. There is no previously published review of the theories, models, or frameworks used to study sleep-wake disturbances in the context of cancer. Describing existing theories or models and their application in cancer is important to advance knowledge in this area. Two theories and 9 models were identified for review. These have been used to further understand the problem of sleep-wake disturbances as a primary or secondary symptom within the cancer literature. Searches were conducted from January 1, 1970, to July 31, 2008, to find relevant articles using 4 electronic databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL, PubMed, and PsychINFO. On the basis of the search, 73 descriptive or intervention studies were identified and reviewed. Most research was atheoretical, with no identified theory, model, or framework. In studies that did use theory or models, few were applied in more than one study. Although several commonalities across models did emerge, a more comprehensive and widely used model could help guide nursing research to facilitate effective symptom management for this prominent problem in cancer.

Otte, Julie L.; Carpenter, Janet S.

2010-01-01

332

Numerical modelling of the impulsive orthogonal cutting of a trailing vortex  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents inviscid compressible simulations for the impulsive blocking of a vortex, with non-zero axial velocity along its core, by a flat plate orthogonal to the vortex axis. This is a simplified model of the blade-vortex interaction between the tail rotor of a helicopter and the trailing vortex system formed by the main rotor system. There are two important elements to this phenomenon. One is the vortex response, including a physical description for the evolution of complex vortical structures near the plate surface, and the second is the resultant pressure wave structure and the manner of its propagation away from the plate surface. This paper focusses more on the vortex structure, and how this is affected by compressibility and the initial transient shock structures that form at the plate surface.

Yildirim, E.; Hillier, R.

2013-07-01

333

A neural network based wake model for small wind turbine siting near obstacles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Many potential small wind turbine locations are near obstacles such as buildings and shelterbelts, which can have a significant, detrimental effect on the local wind climate. This thesis describes the creation of a new model which can predict the wind speed, turbulence intensity, and wind power density at any point in an obstacle's region of influence, relative to unsheltered conditions. Artificial neural networks were used to learn the relationship between an obstacle's characteristics and its effects on the local wind. The neural network was trained using measurements collected in the wakes of scale models exposed to a simulated atmospheric boundary layer in a wind tunnel. A field experiment was conducted to validate the wind tunnel measurements. Model predictions are most accurate in the far wake region. The estimated mean uncertainties associated with model predictions of velocity deficit, power density deficit, and turbulence intensity excess are 5.0%, 15%, and 12.8%, respectively.

Brunskill, Andrew William

334

A diffusion wake model for tracer ultrastructure permeability studies in microvessels  

Microsoft Academic Search

developed a time-dependent diffu- sion model for analyzing the concentration profiles of low- molecular-weight tracers in the interendothelial clefts of the capillary wall that takes into account the three-dimensional time-dependent filling of the surrounding tissue space. The model provides a connecting link between two methods to investigate transvascular exchange: electron-microscopic ex- periments to study the time-dependent wake formed by low-

B. M. FU; F. E. CURRY; S. WEINBAUM

1995-01-01

335

Numerical modeling of a vortex stabilized arcjet thruster  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A numerical method to solve the equations governing a vortex stabilized arcjet thruster is being developed. The model will allow the effects of swirling flow and geometry on arcjet thruster performance to be determined. The propellant flow equations, i.e., the axisymmetric, thin layer, Navier-Stokes equations, are solved using a Gauss-Siedel line-relaxation procedure. An implicit FTCS method is used to solve the electromagnetic field equations. A grid generation scheme was developed for an arbitrary arcjet geometry. The model will allow the radial and axial components of velocity and current distributions to be determined from a region upstream of the cathode, through the constrictor, to the exit plane of the nozzle.

Keith, Theo G., Jr.; Pawlas, Gary E.

1989-01-01

336

Flows over wings with leading-edge vortex separation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The unsteady cross flow analogy reduces the steady three dimensional separation flow problem into an unsteady two dimensional flow problem in which the section shape changes with time. The two dimensional VORSEP code is extended to the case of arbitrary body growth rates in order to generate the initial vortex structures for the three dimensional free vortex sheet (FVS) code. Automatic procedures to reduce the wing geometry definition to a set of cross flow plane sections corresponding to the locations of the time step solutions and to generate the effective source distribution on each cross flow section to represent the section normal growth across the following steps are incorporated in the VORSEP code. Also, the wake shedding model is improved by adopting a redistribution scheme which improves the stability of the free sheet development with time. The improved wake shedding model combined with the redistribution scheme alleviated the numerical instabilities associated with the vortex rollup.

Rao, B. M.; Maskew, B.

1982-01-01

337

Physiological classification of sleep-wake states: based on tri-vesicular (3V) model of the brain.  

PubMed

A new physiological classification of sleep-wake states, based on a novel Tri-Vesicular (3V) model of the brain is proposed. The 3V model consists of an interconnected network of three primal brain vesicles, namely, right and left Arch-Encephalon (Mesencephalon + Diencephalon + Telencephalon) and one DeuterEncephalon (Metencephalon + Myelencephalon). Nine sleep-wake states are defined on the basis of the central activational index (activation and/or inhibition of the 3 brain vesicles), and the level of global arousal. Four sleep states I-IV, four wake states I-IV, and one transitional sleep-wake state, are characterized. The four sleep states correspond with the four non-REM sleep stages, the transitional sleep-wake state correlates with REM sleep, and four wake states are defined in terms of minimal, low, moderate, and high, global behavioral arousal. Three sets of data in the form of polysomnographic and aerobic exercise studies in five adult subjects, and 30 days' data of self-monitored arousal and oro-nasal breathing patterns, are provided in support of this physiological classification of sleep-wake states and the 3V brain model. PMID:1934520

Deshmukh, V D

1991-10-01

338

The role of body stiffness in wake production for anguilliform swimmers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We compare wake structures shed by the undulatory motion of physical and computational models of an anguilliform swimmer, the lamprey. The physical model is a robotic lamprey-like swimmer with an actively flexing tail, and with passively flexible tails of different stiffnesses. The computational model is a two-dimensional computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model that captures fluid-structure interaction using the immersed boundary framework. The CFD model included both actively flexing and passively flexible tail regions. Both models produced wakes with two or more same-sign vortices shed each time the tail changed direction (a ``2P'' or higher- order wake). In general, wakes became less coherent as tail flexibility increased. We compare the pressure distribution near the tail tip and the timing of vortex formation in both cases and find good agreement. Differences between self-propelled and tethered cases are detailed. Finally, we examine the effects of material resonance on force production.

Tytell, Eric; Leftwich, Megan; Hsu, Chia-Yu; Cohen, Aves; Fauci, Lisa; Smits, Alexander

2011-11-01

339

The near wake of a model horizontal-axis wind turbine  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper concludes a series on the formation and development of the near-wake of a model horizontal-axis wind. The three-dimensional mean velocity and turbulence fields were obtained at six axial locations within two chord lengths of the blades for three operating conditions: stalled flow over the blades, close to optimum performance, and approaching runaway. Here we concentrate on the tip

P. R Ebert; D. H Wood

2001-01-01

340

Summary of recent refinements to the WAKE dispersion model, a component of the HGSYSTEM/UF(sub 6) model suite.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The original WAKE dispersion model a component of the HGSYSTEM/UF(sub 6) model suite, is based on Shell Research Ltd.'s HGSYSTEM Version 3.0 and was developed by the US Department of Energy for use in estimating downwind dispersion of materials due to acc...

M. W. Yambert D. A. Lombardi W. D. Goode S. G. Bloom

1998-01-01

341

The Reykjavik wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present preliminary results from the wake flights in the MOSO 2 campaign that took place in Iceland, autumn 2011. The results include RPAS measurements (soundings) of an orographic wake in southwestern Iceland during a northerly wind storm. The results reveal a wake structure dominated by the local as well as the larger scale topography. The RPAS dataset is augmented with measurements from a network of automatic weather stations and simulations from a numerical weather model.

Jonassen, Marius O.; Ólafsson, Haraldur; Rögnvaldsson, Ólafur; Ágústsson, Hálfdán

2013-04-01

342

Study of the Mutual Interaction Between a Wing Wake and an Encountering Airplane  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In an effort to increase airport productivity, several wind-tunnel and flight-test programs are currently underway to determine safe reductions in separation standards between aircraft. These programs are designed to study numerous concepts from the characteristics and detection of wake vortices to the wake-vortex encounter phenomenon. As part of this latter effort, computational tools are being developed and utilized as a means of modeling and verifying wake-vortex hazard encounters. The objective of this study is to assess the ability of PMARC, a low-order potential-flow panel method, to predict the forces and moments imposed on a following business-jet configuration by a vortex interaction. Other issues addressed include the investigation of several wake models and their ability to predict wake shape and trajectory, the validity of the velocity field imposed on the following configuration, modeling techniques and the effect of the high-lift system and the empennage. Comparisons with wind-tunnel data reveal that PMARC predicts the characteristics for the clean wing-body following configuration fairly well. Non-linear effects produced by the addition of the high-lift system and empennage, however, are not so well predicted.

Walden, A. B.; vanDam, C. P.

1996-01-01

343

Wake shape and its effects on aerodynamic characteristics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The wake shape under symmetrical flight conditions and its effects on aerodynamic characteristics are examined. In addition, the effect of wake shape in sideslip and discrete vortices such as strake or forebody vortex on lateral characteristics is presented. The present numerical method for airplane configurations, which is based on discretization of the vortex sheet into vortex segments, verified the symmetrical and asymmetrical roll-up process of the trailing vortices. Also, the effect of wing wake on tail planes is calculated. It is concluded that at high lift the assumption of flat wake for longitudinal and lateral-directional characteristics should be reexamined.

Emdad, H.; Lan, C. E.

1986-01-01

344

Unsteady hovering wake parameters identified from dynamic model tests, part 1  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The development of a 4-bladed model rotor is reported that can be excited with a simple eccentric mechanism in progressing and regressing modes with either harmonic or transient inputs. Parameter identification methods were applied to the problem of extracting parameters for linear perturbation models, including rotor dynamic inflow effects, from the measured blade flapping responses to transient pitch stirring excitations. These perturbation models were then used to predict blade flapping response to other pitch stirring transient inputs, and rotor wake and blade flapping responses to harmonic inputs. The viability and utility of using parameter identification methods for extracting the perturbation models from transients are demonstrated through these combined analytical and experimental studies.

Hohenemser, K. H.; Crews, S. T.

1977-01-01

345

Influence of Wake Models on Calculated Tiltrotor Aerodynamics  

Microsoft Academic Search

Comparisons of measured and calculated aerodynamic behavior of a tiltrotor model are presented. The test of the Tilt Rotor Aeroacoustic Model (TRAM) with a single, 1\\/4-scale V- 22 rotor in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel (DNW) provides an extensive set of aeroacoustic, performance, and structural loads data. The calculations were performed using the rotorcraft comprehensive analysis CAMRAD II. Presented are comparisons

Wayne Johnson

2002-01-01

346

A simple model for the origin of quasiperiodic ultradian rhythms in sleep-wake state in the rat  

PubMed Central

In a recent study,1 ultradian rhythms of rat sleep-wake behavior were found, using several methods of time series analysis, to be “quasiperiodic.” That is, ultradian period varied apparently randomly around a mean of approximately 4 h, with no relationship between ultradian period and time of day. Here it is proposed that a simple two-oscillator model can explain the quasiperiodic characteristic of these rhythms. Specifically, in this model a periodic oscillator interacts with a stochastic oscillator to generate a behavioral pattern in which the period and amplitude of the simulated ultradian waves vary randomly around an average value. Preliminary simulations support the plausibility of the model; simulated waveforms were closely similar to behavior patterns observed in adult male rats. It is hypothesized that ultradian rhythms in sleep-wake behavior may arise from a periodic feedback loop (e.g., the sleep-wake homeostat) coupled to a stochastic sleep-wake “flip-flop” switch.

Stephenson, Richard

2013-01-01

347

Hot jet/wake turbulent structure and laser propagation. Part 3: Laser propagation measurements and modeling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The use of lasers aboard aircraft is affected by the perturbed airflow in its vicinity. Therefore, an ability to predict the structure of aircraft-induced turbulence would be useful in system and performance analysis. Pacific-Sierra Research Corp. performed temperature and velocity fluctuation measurements in the wakes of an NRA-3B and a B-1B at trail distances of 50 to 5500 m, at two Mach numbers (0.5 and 0.75) and at two altitudes (0.9 and 6 km). Analysis of the data suggested significant differences with the predictions of the computational fluid dynamics code (CFD) WAKE developed for this application by ARAP for the U.S. Air Force. The magnitude and scales of the temperature fluctuations suggest that first order laser propagation models would not apply. The principal difference between the data and the CFD predictions is that the temperature fluctuations which determine C(n)-2 are not isotropic-and exhibit spectra and correlation scales which differ greatly from those of velocity. This paper reports wind tunnel measurements to determine the source of this temperature structure in aircraft wakes and laser propagation measurements in this regime. Modifications to CFD and to propagation models are suggested.

Shapiro, Alan R.; Churnside, J. H.

1994-10-01

348

A Model for the Vortex Pair Associated with a Jet in a Cross Flow  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A model is presented for the contrarotating vortex pair that is formed by a round, turbulent, subsonic jet directed normally into a uniform, subsonic cross flow. The model consists of a set of algebraic equations that describe the properties of the vortex pair as a function of their location in the jet plume. The parameters of the model are physical characteristics of the vortices such as the vortex strength, spacing, and core size. These parameters are determined by velocity measurements at selective points in the jet plume.

Sellers, William L.

1975-01-01

349

ENDOW: Improvement of Wake Models within Offshore Wind Farms  

Microsoft Academic Search

T he partners in the E NDOW (Ef ficient Developm ent of Of fshore W indfarms) project are validating , testing, desig ning and improving wind farm design tools for the ef ficient design of of fshore wind farm s. T he dif ferent meteorological conditions of fshore constitute a challeng e for the current design tools and models because

W. Schlez; A. Umaña; R. Barthelmie; G. Larsen; K. Rados; B. Lange; G. Schepers; T. Hegberg

2001-01-01

350

An analytical model for vortex core pinning in a micromagnetic disk  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A two-parameter analytical model is constructed to describe a thin, magnetically soft, circular disk in the vortex state. The model is capable of describing the change in evolution of net magnetization and of vortex core position when the core interacts with a magnetic pinning site. The basis of the two-parameter model is formed by a piecewise, physically continuous, magnetization distribution constructed with two regions described by different one-parameter models. Benchmarking against numerical simulations of ideal disks with and without pinning sites shows that the model provides accurate predictions of magnetization, hysteretic transitions, and 2-D displacement of the vortex core in the presence of pinning sites. The demonstrated accuracy of the model supports its use as an empirical tool to extract quantitative maps of vortex pinning energies from measurements of magnetization.

Burgess, J. A. J.; Losby, J. E.; Freeman, M. R.

2014-06-01

351

Experimental demonstration of a Laguerre-Gaussian correlated Schell-model vortex beam.  

PubMed

Laguerre-Gaussian correlated Schell-model (LGCSM) vortex beam is introduced as an extension of LGCSM beam which was proposed [Opt. Lett.38, 91 (2013)Opt. Lett.38, 1814 (2013)] just recently. Explicit formula for a LGCSM vortex beam propagating through a stigmatic ABCD optical system is derived, and the propagation properties of such beam in free space and the focusing properties of such beam are studied numerically. Furthermore, we carry out experimental generation of a LGCSM vortex beam, and studied its focusing properties. It is found that the propagation and focusing properties of a LGCSM vortex beam are different from that of a LGCSM beam, and we can shape the beam profile of a LGCSM vortex at the focal plane (or in the far field) by varying its initial spatial coherence. Our experimental results are consistent with the theoretical predictions, and our results will be useful for particle trapping. PMID:24663920

Chen, Yahong; Wang, Fei; Zhao, Chengliang; Cai, Yangjian

2014-03-10

352

A wake bending unsteady dynamic inflow model of tiltrotor in conversion flight of tiltrotor aircraft  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aerodynamics, dynamic responses and aeroelasticity of tiltrotor aircraft in the tilting of rotor i.e. in conversion flight\\u000a are extraordinarily complicated. The traditional quasi-steady assumption model can not reflect the unsteady aerodynamic problems\\u000a in the tilting of rotor. The CFD method based on the vortex theory can get better results, but it consumes a lot of computing\\u000a resources. In this

HaiLong Yue; PinQi Xia

2009-01-01

353

Thick- Center- Vortex- Model and the Coulombic Potential  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The potentials for various SU(3) representations are calculated by means of an analytical model for thick center vortices. We discuss the influence of fluctuations of non-quantized, closed magnetic flux lines of short range on the potential. We fit the model parameters to lattice data by G.S.Bali [1]. We will show that the Casimir scaling of this data can only be fitted, if the vortices are never fully contained in the Wilson loop in time-direction. Therefore, we conclude that Casimir scaling for large R is an effect due to the finite range of the Wilson loop in time-direction. If we include this effect in our model by a change of the vortex profile, we obtain the fit, which is illustrated in the following picture. G.S.Bali’s data are connected with full lines and are shown with the modified error bars. In dashed lines, one can see the fitted data. 1.6 1.4 1.2 1 Vr (R) 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R

Neudecker, D.

354

Laser Doppler velocimeter system simulation for sensing aircraft wake vortices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A hydrodynamic model of aircraft vortex wakes in an irregular wind shear field near the ground is developed and used as a basis for modeling the characteristics of a laser Doppler detection and vortex location system. The trailing vortex sheet and the wind shear are represented by discrete free vortices distributed over a two-dimensional grid. The time dependent hydrodynamic equations are solved by direct numerical integration in the Boussinesq approximation. The ground boundary is simulated by images, and fast Fourier Transform techniques are used to evaluate the vorticity stream function. The atmospheric turbulence was simulated by constructing specific realizations at time equal to zero, assuming that Kolmogoroff's law applies, and that the dissipation rate is constant throughout the flow field. The response of a simulated laser Doppler velocimeter is analyzed by simulating the signal return from the flow field as sensed by a simulation of the optical/electronic system.

Thomson, J. A. L.; Meng, J. C. S.

1974-01-01

355

Source Term Model for Vortex Generator Vanes in a Navier-Stokes Computer Code  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A source term model for an array of vortex generators was implemented into a non-proprietary Navier-Stokes computer code, OVERFLOW. The source term models the side force created by a vortex generator vane. The model is obtained by introducing a side force to the momentum and energy equations that can adjust its strength automatically based on the local flow. The model was tested and calibrated by comparing data from numerical simulations and experiments of a single low profile vortex generator vane on a flat plate. In addition, the model was compared to experimental data of an S-duct with 22 co-rotating, low profile vortex generators. The source term model allowed a grid reduction of about seventy percent when compared with the numerical simulations performed on a fully gridded vortex generator on a flat plate without adversely affecting the development and capture of the vortex created. The source term model was able to predict the shape and size of the stream-wise vorticity and velocity contours very well when compared with both numerical simulations and experimental data. The peak vorticity and its location were also predicted very well when compared to numerical simulations and experimental data. The circulation predicted by the source term model matches the prediction of the numerical simulation. The source term model predicted the engine fan face distortion and total pressure recovery of the S-duct with 22 co-rotating vortex generators very well. The source term model allows a researcher to quickly investigate different locations of individual or a row of vortex generators. The researcher is able to conduct a preliminary investigation with minimal grid generation and computational time.

Waithe, Kenrick A.

2004-01-01

356

Wake interference behind two flat plates normal to the flow - A finite-element study  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A finite-element model of the Navier-Stokes equations is used for numerical simulation of flow past two normal flat plates arranged side by side at Reynolds number 80 and 160. The results from this simulation indicate that when the gap between the plates is twice the width of a single plate, the individual wakes of the plates behave independently, with the antiphase vortex shedding being dominant. At smaller gap sizes, the in-phase vortex shedding, with strong wake interaction, is favored. The gap flow in those cases becomes biased, with one of the wakes engulfing the other. The direction of the biased flow was found to be switching at irregular intervals, with the time histories of the indicative flow parameters and their power spectra resembling those of a chaotic system.

Behr, M.; Tezduyar, T. E.; Higuchi, H.

1991-01-01

357

Electronic structure around a vortex core in iron-based superconductors: Numerical studies of a two-orbital model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Based on a two-orbital model and taking into account the presence of impurities, we study theoretically the electronic structure in the vortex cores of iron-pnictide superconducting materials. The vortex is pinned when the impurity is close to the vortex core. The bound states show up for the unpinned vortex. One strong resonant peak at the negative energy is revealed at the vortex center and the peak splits with the dominant weight at the negative energy. For the pinned vortex, the in-gap low-energy features are wiped out by the impurity so that the gaplike feature for the local density of states persists in the vortex. Our results are in good agreement with recent experiments, presenting a consistent explanation for the different electronic structure of the vortex core revealed by experiments on different materials.

Zhou, Tao; Wang, Z. D.; Gao, Yi; Ting, C. S.

2011-11-01

358

Supersonic shock wave/vortex interaction  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Although shock wave/vortex interaction is a basic and important fluid dynamics problem, very little research has been conducted on this topic. Therefore, a detailed experimental study of the interaction between a supersonic streamwise turbulent vortex and a shock wave was carried out at the Penn State Gas Dynamics Laboratory. A vortex is produced by replaceable swirl vanes located upstream of the throat of various converging-diverging nozzles. The supersonic vortex is then injected into either a coflowing supersonic stream or ambient air. The structure of the isolated vortex is investigated in a supersonic wind tunnel using miniature, fast-response, five-hole and total temperature probes and in a free jet using laser Doppler velocimetry. The cases tested have unit Reynolds numbers in excess of 25 million per meter, axial Mach numbers ranging from 2.5 to 4.0, and peak tangential Mach numbers from 0 (i.e., a pure jet) to about 0.7. The results show that the typical supersonic wake-like vortex consists of a non-isentropic, rotational core, where the reduced circulation distribution is self similar, and an outer isentropic, irrotational region. The vortex core is also a region of significant turbulent fluctuations. Radial profiles of turbulent kinetic energy and axial-tangential Reynolds stress are presented. The interactions between the vortex and both oblique and normal shock waves are investigated using nonintrusive optical diagnostics (i.e. schlieren, planar laser scattering, and laser Doppler velocimetry). Of the various types, two Mach 2.5 overexpanded-nozzle Mach disc interactions are examined in detail. Below a certain vortex strength, a 'weak' interaction exists in which the normal shock is perturbed locally into an unsteady 'bubble' shock near the vortex axis, but vortex breakdown (i.e., a stagnation point) does not occur. For stronger vortices, a random unsteady 'strong' interaction results that causes vortex breakdown. The vortex core reforms downstream of the rear stagnation point, and the reduced circulation distribution once again becomes self-similar in this region. A-new model of this interaction is proposed. Finally, a curve defining the approximate limits of supersonic vortex breakdown is presented.

Settles, G. S.; Cattafesta, L.

1993-01-01

359

Ovsyannikov Vortex: Theory and Applications to Model of Hurricane  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The new exact solution of gas dynamics equation, called Ovsyannikov vortex, is investigated. It is the generalization of radial symmetrical solutions. These solutions describe gas source with nonzero curl. The applications for simulation of hurricanes are discussed.

Cherevko, A. A.; Chupakhin, A. P.

2006-08-01

360

Fuzzy Modeling of Performance of Counterflow Ranque-Hilsch Vortex Tubes with Different Geometric Constructions  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this article, we present the development of a fuzzy expert system (FES) for fuzzy modeling of the performance of counterflow Ranque-Hilsch vortex tubes for different geometric constructions. Experimental values were obtained from a detailed experimental investigation. With these experimental values, FES models of the Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube behavior were designed using the MATLAB 6.5 fuzzy logic toolbox in Windows

K. Dincer; S. Tasdemir; S. Baskaya; I. Ucgul; B. Z. Uysal

2008-01-01

361

Large Eddy Simulation of Wake Vortices in the Convective Boundary Layer  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The behavior of wake vortices in a convective boundary layer is investigated using a validated large eddy simulation model. Our results show that the vortices are largely deformed due to strong turbulent eddy motion while a sinusoidal Crow instability develops. Vortex rising is found to be caused by the updrafts (thermals) during daytime convective conditions and increases with increasing nondimensional turbulence intensity eta. In the downdraft region of the convective boundary layer, vortex sinking is found to be accelerated proportional to increasing eta, with faster speed than that in an ideal line vortex pair in an inviscid fluid. Wake vortices are also shown to be laterally transported over a significant distance due to large turbulent eddy motion. On the other hand, the decay rate of the, vortices in the convective boundary layer that increases with increasing eta, is larger in the updraft region than in the downdraft region because of stronger turbulence in the updraft region.

Lin, Yuh-Lang; Han, Jongil; Zhang, Jing; Ding, Feng; Arya, S. Pal; Proctor, Fred H.

2000-01-01

362

Calculations of longitudinal and transverse velocity structure functions using a vortex model of isotropic turbulence  

SciTech Connect

The longitudinal structure function (LSF) and the transverse structure function (TSF) in isotropic turbulence are calculated using a vortex model. The vortex model is composed of the Rankine and Burgers vortices which have the exponential distributions in the vortex Reynolds number and vortex radii. This model exhibits a power law in the inertial range and satisfies the minimal condition of isotropy that the second-order exponent of the LSF in the inertial range is equal to that of the TSF. Also observed are differences between longitudinal and transverse structure functions caused by intermittency. These differences are related to their scaling differences which have been previously observed in experiments and numerical simulations. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

He, G. [Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)] [Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); [Laboratory for Nonlinear Mechanics of Continuous Media, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Doolen, G.D.; Chen, S. [Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)] [Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)

1999-12-01

363

Radar Reflectivity in Wingtip-Generated Wake Vortices  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This report documents new predictive models of radar reflectivity, with meter-scale resolution, for aircraft wakes in clear air and fog. The models result from a radar design program to locate and quantify wake vortices from commercial aircraft in support of the NASA Aircraft Vortex Spacing System (AVOSS). The radar reflectivity model for clear air assumes: 1) turbulent eddies in the wake produce small discontinuities in radar refractive index; and 2) these turbulent eddies are in the 'inertial subrange' of turbulence. From these assumptions, the maximum radar frequency for detecting a particular aircraft wake, as well as the refractive index structure constant and radar volume reflectivity in the wake can be obtained from the NASA Terminal Area Simulation System (TASS) output. For fog conditions, an empirical relationship is used to calculate radar reflectivity factor from TASS output of bulk liquid water. Currently, two models exist: 1) Atlas-based on observations of liquid water and radar reflectivity factor in clouds; and 2) de Wolf- specifically tailored to a specific measured dataset (1992 Vandenberg Air Force Base).

Marshall, Robert E.; Mudukutore, Ashok; Wissel, Vicki

1997-01-01

364

Low-order phenomenological modeling of leading-edge vortex formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A low-order point vortex model for the two-dimensional unsteady aerodynamics of a flat plate wing section is developed. A vortex is released from both the trailing and leading edges of the flat plate, and the strength of each is determined by enforcing the Kutta condition at the edges. The strength of a vortex is frozen when it reaches an extremum, and a new vortex is released from the corresponding edge. The motion of variable-strength vortices is computed in one of two ways. In the first approach, the Brown-Michael equation is used in order to ensure that no spurious force is generated by the branch cut associated with each vortex. In the second approach, we propose a new evolution equation for a vortex by equating the rate of change of its impulse with that of an equivalent surrogate vortex with identical properties but constant strength. This impulse matching approach leads to a model that admits more general criteria for shedding, since the variable-strength vortex can be exchanged for its constant-strength surrogate at any instant. We show that the results of the new model, when applied to a pitching or perching plate, agree better with experiments and high-fidelity simulations than the Brown-Michael model, using fewer than ten degrees of freedom. We also assess the model performance on the impulsive start of a flat plate at various angles of attack. Current limitations of the model and extensions to more general unsteady aerodynamic problems are discussed.

Wang, Chengjie; Eldredge, Jeff D.

2013-09-01

365

Comparison of model and observations of the wake of a MOD-OA wind turbine  

SciTech Connect

A series of wind velocity measurements upwind and downwind of the MOD-OA wind turbine at Clayton, New Mexico, was used to determine some of the characteristics of wakes within approximately two blade diameters of the machine. The magnitudes and shapes of the velocity profiles downwind of the turbine were compared with results obtained from a model. Generally good agreement was obtained at speeds well below the rated speed of the MOD-OA, but the results were not as satisfactory for higher values.

Doran, J.C.; Packard, K.R.

1982-10-01

366

Airloads and Wake Geometry Calculations for an Isolated Tiltrotor Model in a Wind Tunnel  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Th tiltrotor aircraft configuration has the potential to revolutionize air transportation by providing an economical combination of vertical take-off and landing capability with efficient, high-speed cruise flight. To achieve this potential it is necessary to have validated analytical tools that will support future tiltrotor aircraft development. These analytical tools must calculate tiltrotor aeromechanical behavior, including performance, structural loads, vibration, and aeroelastic stability, with an accuracy established by correlation with measured tiltrotor data. For many years such correlation has been performed for helicopter rotors (rotors designed for edgewise flight), but correlation activities for tiltrotors have been limited, in part by the absence of appropriate measured data. The recent test of the Tilt Rotor Aeroacoustic Model (TRAM) with a single, U4-scale V-22 rotor in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnel (DNW) now provides an extensive set of aeroacoustic, performance, and structural loads data. This paper will present calculations of airloads, wake geometry, and performance, including correlation with TRAM DNW measurements. The calculations were obtained using CAMRAD II, which is a modern rotorcraft comprehensive analysis, with advanced models intended for application to tiltrotor aircraft as well as helicopters. Comprehensive analyses have received extensive correlation with performance and loads measurements on helicopter rotors. The proposed paper is part of an initial effort to perform an equally extensive correlation with tiltrotor data. The correlation will establish the level of predictive capability achievable with current technology; identify the limitations of the current aerodynamic, wake, and structural models of tiltrotors; and lead to recommendations for research to extend tiltrotor aeromechanics analysis capability. The purpose of the Tilt Rotor Aeroacoustic Model (TRAM) experimental project is to provide data necessary to validate tiltrotor performance and aeroacoustic prediction methodologies and to investigate and demonstrate advanced civil tiltrotor technologies. The TRAM project is a key part of the NASA Short Haul Civil Tiltrotor (SHCT) project. The SHCT project is an element of the Aviation Systems Capacity Initiative within NASA. In April-May 1998 the TRAM was tested in the isolated rotor configuration at the Large Low-speed Facility of the German-Dutch Wind Tunnels (DNW). A preparatory test was conducted in December 1997. These tests were the first comprehensive aeroacoustic test for a tiltrotor, including not only noise and performance data, but airload and wake measurements as well. The TRAM can also be tested in a fill-span configuration, incorporating both rotors Lnd a fuselage model. The wind tunnel installation of the TRAM isolated rotor is shown. The rotor tested in the DNW was a 1/4-scale (9.5 ft diameter) model of the right-hand V-22 proprotor. The rotor and nacelle assembly was attached to an acoustically-treated, isolated rotor test stand through a mechanical pivot (the nacelle conversion axis). The TRAM was analyzed using the rotorcraft comprehensive analysis CAMRAD II. CAMRAD II is an aeromechanical analysis of helicopters and rotorcraft that incorporates a combination of advanced technologies, including multibody dynamics, nonlinear finite elements, and rotorcraft aerodynamics. The trim task finds the equilibrium solution (constant or periodic) for a steady state operating condition, in this case a rotor operating in a wind tunnel. For wind tunnel operation, the thrust and flapping are trimmed to target values. The aerodynamic model includes a wake analysis to calculate the rotor nonuniform induced-velocities, using a free wake geometry. The paper will present the results of CAMRAD II calculations compared to the TRAM DNW measurements for hover performance, helicopter mode performance, and helicopter mode airloads. An example of the hover performance results, comparing both mearements and calculations for the JVX (large scale) and TRAM (small scale) rotors, is shown. An ex

Johnson, Wayne

2003-01-01

367

The effect of vertical distortion in the modeling of sedimentation phenomena - Martian crater wake streaks  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Theoretical mass flow rate and the particle trajectory equations of motion of granular material in saltation are used to correlate experimental data for the rate of erosion in the wake regions of wind-tunnel-model Martian craters. Vertical geometric distortion is inherent in the simulation because of the equivalent roughness height characteristic of a turbulent boundary layer, which is affected by material in saltation. It is thus necessary to distort topographic model geometry in the vertical direction. A systematic similitude which is based on erosion rate and equivalent roughness in saltation is shown to correlate time-dependent model data as long as the model Reynolds number is higher than a critical value.

Iversen, J. D.; Greeley, R.; White, B. R.; Pollack, J. B.

1976-01-01

368

Wake Measurement Downstream of a Hybrid Wing Body Model with Blown Flaps  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Flow-field measurements were obtained in the wake of a full-span Hybrid Wing Body model with internally blown flaps. The test was performed at the NASA Langley 14 x 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at low speeds. Off-body measurements were obtained with a 7-hole probe rake survey system. Three model configurations were investigated. At 0deg angle of attack the surveys were completed with 0deg and 60deg flap deflections. At 10deg angle of attack the wake surveys were completed with a slat and a 60deg flap deflection. The 7-hole probe results further quantified two known swirling regions (downstream of the outboard flap edge and the inboard/outboard flap juncture) for the 60deg flap cases with blowing. Flowfield results and the general trends are very similar for the two blowing cases at nozzle pressure ratios of 1.37 and 1.56. High downwash velocities correlated with the enhanced lift for the 60deg flap cases with blowing. Jet-induced effects are the largest at the most inboard station for all (three) velocity components due in part to the larger inboard slot height. The experimental data are being used to improve computational tools for high-lift wings with integrated powered-lift technologies.

Lin, John C.; Jones, Gregory S.; Allan, Brian G.; Westra, Bryan W.; Collins, Scott W.; Zeune, Cale H.

2010-01-01

369

About the effects of an oscillating miniflap upon the wake on an airfoil, all immersed in turbulent flow  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The present research analyzes the asymmetry in the rolling up shear layers behind the blunt trailing edge of an airfoil 4412 with a miniflap acting as active flow control device and its wake organization. Experimental investigations relating the asymmetry of the vortex flow in the near wake region, able to distort the flow increasing the downwash of an airfoil, have been performed. All of these in a free upstream turbulent flow (1.8% intensity). We examine the near wake region characteristics of a wing model with a 4412 airfoil without and with a rotating miniflap located on the lower surface, near the trailing edge. The flow in the near wake, for 3 x-positions (along chord line) and 20 vertical points in each x-position, was explored, for three different rotating frequencies, in order to identify signs of asymmetry of the initial counter rotating vortex structures. Experimental evidence is presented showing that for typical lifting conditions the shear layer rollup process within the near wake is different for the upper and lower vortices: the shear layer separating from the pressure side of the airfoil begins its rollup immediately behind the trailing edge, creating a stronger vortex while the shear layer from the suction side begins its rollup more downstream creating a weaker vortex. The experimental data were processed by classical statistics methods. Aspects of a mechanism connecting the different evolution and pattern of these initial vortex structures with lift changes and wake alleviating processes, due to these miniflaps, will be studied in future works.

S, Delnero J.; J, Marañón Di Leo; Colman; J; M, Camocardi; Sainz M, García; F, Muñoz

2011-12-01

370

Center vortex model for the infrared sector of SU(3) Yang-Mills theory: Topological susceptibility  

SciTech Connect

The topological susceptibility of the SU(3) random vortex world-surface ensemble, an effective model of infrared Yang-Mills dynamics, is investigated. The model is implemented by composing vortex world surfaces of elementary squares on a hypercubic lattice, supplemented by an appropriate specification of vortex color structure on the world surfaces. Topological charge is generated in this picture by writhe and self-intersection of the vortex world surfaces. Systematic uncertainties in the evaluation of the topological charge, engendered by the hypercubic construction, are discussed. Results for the topological susceptibility are reported as a function of temperature and compared to corresponding measurements in SU(3) lattice Yang-Mills theory. In the confined phase, the topological susceptibility of the random vortex world-surface ensemble appears quantitatively consistent with Yang-Mills theory. As the temperature is raised into the deconfined regime, the topological susceptibility falls off rapidly, but significantly less so than in SU(3) lattice Yang-Mills theory. Possible causes of this deviation, ranging from artefacts of the hypercubic description to more physical sources, such as the adopted vortex dynamics, are discussed.

Engelhardt, M. [Department of Physics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 (United States)

2011-01-15

371

Experimental Model of Contaminant Transport by a Moving Wake Inside an Aircraft Cabin  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The air cabin environment in jetliners is designed to provide comfortable and healthy conditions for passengers. The air ventilation system produces a recirculating pattern designed to minimize secondary flow between seat rows. However, disturbances are frequently introduced by individuals walking along the aisle and may significantly modify air distribution and quality. Spreading of infectious aerosols or biochemical agents presents potential health hazards. A fundamental study has been undertaken to understand the unsteady transport phenomena, to validate numerical simulations and to improve air monitoring systems. A finite moving body is modeled experimentally in a 10:1 scale simplified aircraft cabin equipped with ventilation, at a Reynolds number (based on body height) of the order of 10,000. Measurements of the ventilation and wake velocity fields are obtained using PIV and PLIF. Results indicate that the evolution of the typical downwash behind the body is profoundly perturbed by the ventilation flow. Furthermore, the interaction between wake and ventilation flow significantly alters scalar contaminant migration.

Poussou, Stephane; Sojka, Paul; Plesniak, Michael

2008-11-01

372

A summary of recent refinements to the WAKE dispersion model, a component of the HGSYSTEM/UF{sub 6} model suite  

SciTech Connect

The original WAKE dispersion model a component of the HGSYSTEM/UF{sub 6} model suite, is based on Shell Research Ltd.`s HGSYSTEM Version 3.0 and was developed by the US Department of Energy for use in estimating downwind dispersion of materials due to accidental releases from gaseous diffusion plant (GDP) process buildings. The model is applicable to scenarios involving both ground-level and elevated releases into building wake cavities of non-reactive plumes that are either neutrally or positively buoyant. Over the 2-year period since its creation, the WAKE model has been used to perform consequence analyses for Safety Analysis Reports (SARs) associated with gaseous diffusion plants in Portsmouth (PORTS), Paducah (PGDP), and Oak Ridge. These applications have identified the need for additional model capabilities (such as the treatment of complex terrain and time-variant releases) not present in the original utilities which, in turn, has resulted in numerous modifications to these codes as well as the development of additional, stand-alone postprocessing utilities. Consequently, application of the model has become increasingly complex as the number of executable, input, and output files associated with a single model run has steadily grown. In response to these problems, a streamlined version of the WAKE model has been developed which integrates all calculations that are currently performed by the existing WAKE, and the various post-processing utilities. This report summarizes the efforts involved in developing this revised version of the WAKE model.

Yambert, M.W.; Lombardi, D.A.; Goode, W.D. Jr.; Bloom, S.G.

1998-08-01

373

Vortex Tilting and the Enhancement of Spanwise Flow in Flapping Flight  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The leading edge vortex is key in lift generation on flapping wings. Its stability depends on the transport of the entrained vorticity into the wake via spanwise flow. This study investigates the generation and enhancement of spanwise flow based on the chordwise vorticity that results from the tilting of the leading edge vortex and trailing edge vortex. Two dynamically scaled robotic model wings, one rectangular and one insect wing shaped based on Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly), are submerged in a tank of mineral oil and actuated into flapping motion. The overall flow structure was visualized and measured by a Volumetric 3-component Velocimetry (V3V) system (TSI, Inc.). From the three dimensional flow measurements obtained, the chordwise vorticity resulting from the vortex tilting is shown. The distribution of the resulting spanwise flow induced by the vortex tilting is shown using isosurfaces and on a planar cross section downstream of the leading edge. It is observed that the largest spanwise flow is located in the area between the tilted leading edge vortex and the tilted trailing edge vortex, supporting our hypothesis that the vortex tilting enhances the spanwise flow. This vortex tilting mechanisms helps to explain the overall flow structure and the stability of the leading edge vortex.

Frank, Spencer; Barbera, Giovanni; Cheng, Bo; Deng, Xinyan

2011-11-01

374

The VAWT in skew: stereo-PIV and vortex modeling  

Microsoft Academic Search

One of the results of the development of wind energy conversion solutions for the built environment is the reappearance of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs).\\u000aThe application of wind turbines in urban environments presents design challenges driven by the complex wind fields experienced in the urban boundary layer. Urban Wind Turbines operate near, on and in the wake of bluff

C. J. Simao Ferreira; K. R. Dixon; C. Hofemann; G. A. M. Van Kuik; G. J. W. Van Bussel

2009-01-01

375

The Wake of St. Vincent.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The island of St. Vincent and the other Windward Islands in the southeastern Caribbean were chosen as a field site for the study of weak mountain wakes. By the authors' definition, a `weak wake' forms when the potential vorticity generated by a mountain is not strong enough to advect itself into eddies; rather, it is simply advected downstream by the ambient flow. GOES-8 and Landsat sunglint images unambiguously revealed that the mountainous Windward Islands have remarkably long straight wakes. The length of St. Vincent's wake exceeds 300 km although its width is only 20 km. Near the islands, the wake structures reflect the details of the island topography. These wakes do not exhibit any obvious diurnal effect.Boat surveys in the lee of St. Vincent confirmed the existence of features seen in the images: the sharp wake boundary, the small valley-induced jet embedded in the near wake, and the absence of any reverse flow. Aircraft surveys gave evidence of descent over the island and showed that the wake air is relatively warm and dry. The length of the wake (L) agrees with the formula L = H/2CD (where H is the wake depth and CD is the surface drag coefficient), implying that the reacceleration of the wake air is caused by the ambient streamwise pressure gradient rather than by lateral entrainment of momentum or geostrophic adjustment.Two numerical models were used to simulate St. Vincent's wake, a single-layer hydrostatic model and a 3D nonhydrostatic model. Both models indicated that air descent, acceleration, wave breaking, and weak potential vorticity generation occur over the island, causing a long straight wake.

Smith, Ronald B.; Gleason, Arthur C.; Gluhosky, Paul A.; Grubii, Vanda

1997-03-01

376

Wind tunnel investigation on wind turbine wakes and wind farms  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The interaction between atmospheric boundary layer and wind farms leads to flow modifications, which need to be deeply characterized in order to relate them to wind farm performance. The wake flow produced from a wind farm is the result of a strong interaction between multiple turbine wakes, so that the wind farm configuration turns out to be one of the dominant features to enhance power production. For the present work a wind tunnel investigation was carried out with hot-wire anemometry and velocity measurements performed with multi-hole pressure probes. The tested wind farms consist of miniature three-bladed wind turbine models. Preliminarily, the wake flow generated from a single wind turbine is surveyed, which is characterized by a strong velocity defect lying in proximity of the wind turbine hub height. The wake gradually recovers by moving downstream; the characteristics of the incoming boundary layer and wind turbulence intensity can strongly affect the wake recovery, and thus performance of following wind turbines. An increased turbulence level is typically detected downstream of each wind turbine for heights comparable to the wind turbine blade top-tip. These wake flow fluctuations produce increased fatigue loads on the following wind turbines within a wind farm, which could represent a significant hazard for real wind turbines. Dynamics of vorticity structures present in wind turbine wakes are also investigated; particular attention is paid to the downstream evolution of the tip helicoidal vortices and to oscillations of the hub vortex. The effect of wind farm layout on power production is deeply investigated. Particular emphasis is placed on studying how the flow adjusts as it moves inside the wind farm and can affect the power production. Aligned and staggered wind farm configurations are analysed, also with varying separation distances in the streamwise and spanwise directions. The present experimental results are being used to test and guide the development of improved parameterizations of wind turbines in high-resolution numerical models, such as large-eddy simulations (LES).

Iungo, G. V.; Coëffé, J.; Porté-Agel, F.

2012-04-01

377

A vortex-tube model of eddies in the inertial range  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new class of geometrical models for the energy cascade within the inertial range of scales is proposed. In these models, the active eddies are portions of vortex tubes, and in this respect they are similar to tube geometries considered by Tennekes (1968) and Saffman (1968) for the dissipation range of scales. The model developed here is also a special

Stephen Childress

1984-01-01

378

Turbulence inside a vortex  

Microsoft Academic Search

Following Bradshaw's analogy between rotating and stratified flows, the turbulence within a vortex is analyzed using a new model for stratified entrainment. At the vortex radius where the tangential velocity is a maximum, the model predicts that the flow is so strongly ``stratified'' that even the smallest turbulent eddies are incapable of transporting fluid there. The growth of the vortex

Aline J. Cotel; Robert E. Breidenthal

1999-01-01

379

Turbulence inside a vortex  

Microsoft Academic Search

Following Bradshaw’s analogy between rotating and stratified flows, the turbulence within a vortex is analyzed using a new model for stratified entrainment. At the vortex radius where the tangential velocity is a maximum, the model predicts that the flow is so strongly “stratified” that even the smallest turbulent eddies are incapable of transporting fluid there. The growth of the vortex

Aline J. Cotel; Robert E. Breidenthal

1999-01-01

380

Modelling of dynamics of vortex reversal in nanodisc of cobalt  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

By micromagnetic simulations, the dynamic of vortex-core-polarization reversal under the influence of an in-plane oriented magnetic field pulse has been examined for a 3 nm thick cobalt disc. The results are summarized in a diagram showing the range of both pulse strength and pulse width, which should be used in the aim to force a controlled toggle switch of the core of vortex in discs of diameter varying from 90 nm to 180 nm. Typical values of these parameters are the following: pulse width is in the range of one-tenth of nanosecond and pulse strength is in the range of hundred mT. The smaller disc diameter, the more right-side-limited range of pulse width. The obtained results are qualitatively similar to previously reported ones for a 200 nm diameter and 20 nm thick Permalloy discs (R. Hertel, S. Gliga, M. Fa¨hnle, C. M. Schneider, Physical Review Letters 98 (2007) 117201).

Dzienisiuk, U.; Kisielewski, M.; Maziewski, A.

2013-11-01

381

A Family of Vortices to Study Axisymmetric Vortex Breakdown and Reconnection  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A new analytic model describing a family of vortices has been developed to study some of the axisymmetric vortex breakdown and reconnection fluid dynamic processes underlying body-vortex interactions that are frequently manifested in rotorcraft and propeller-driven fixed-wing aircraft wakes. The family of vortices incorporates a wide range of prescribed initial vorticity distributions -- including single or dual-core vorticity distributions. The result is analytical solutions for the vorticity and velocities for each member of the family of vortices. This model is of sufficient generality to further illustrate the dependence of vortex reconnection and breakdown on initial vorticity distribution as was suggested by earlier analytical work. This family of vortices, though laminar in nature, is anticipated to provide valuable insight into the vortical evolution of large-scale rotor and propeller wakes.

Young, Larry A.

2007-01-01

382

Vortex shedding from struts in an annular exhaust diffuser  

Microsoft Academic Search

Results from scale-model experiments and industrial gas turbine tests show that strut vortex shedding in an annular exhaust diffuser can effectively be modified by adding tapered chord to the struts. The struts are bluff bodies at full-speed, no-load conditions, when inlet swirl is close to 60 deg. Data from wind tunnel tests show that wake Strouhal number is 0.47, larger

T. F. Fric; R. Villarreal; R. O. Auer; M. L. James; D. Ozgur; T. K. Staley

1998-01-01

383

Using vortex corelines to analyze the hemodynamics of patient specific cerebral aneurysm models  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We construct one-dimensional sets known as vortex corelines for computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations of blood flow in patient specific cerebral aneurysm models. These sets identify centers of swirling blood flow that may play an important role in the biological mechanisms causing aneurysm growth, rupture, and thrombosis. We highlight three specific applications in which vortex corelines are used to assess flow complexity and stability in cerebral aneurysms, validate numerical models against PIV-based experimental data, and analyze the effects of flow diverting devices used to treat intracranial aneurysms.

Byrne, Greg; Mut, Fernando; Cebral, Juan

2012-02-01

384

Control of vortex shedding-induced effects in a sectional bridge model by spanwise perturbation method  

Microsoft Academic Search

An experimental study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the spanwise sinusoidal perturbation method (SPPM) in controlling vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) in a plate girder bridge section model. The geometric parameters of the plate girder section model were selected to give the maximum VIV response. A SPPM module was attached to both the leading and trailing edges of the section

M. El-Gammal; H. Hangan; P. King

2007-01-01

385

Topological Features of a Compressible Plasma Vortex Sheet - a Model of the Outer Heliospheric Wind  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Voyager and Pioneer Spacecraft have detected large-scale quasi-periodic plasma fluctuations in the outer heliosphere beyond 20 AU. A plasma vortex sheet model can explain these fluctuations and the observed correlations between various physical variables. The large scale outer heliosphere is modeled by solving the 3-D compressible magnetohydrodynamic equations involving three interacting shear layers. Computations were done on a Cray computer at the NASA Center for Computational Sciences. Six cases are animated: Weak magnetic field and strong magnetic field, each at three values of tau, the vortex street characteristic time. Contours of density are shown as dark transparent tubes. Critical points of the velocity field are represented by Glyphs. Vortex cores are shown in orange and blue.

Starr, Cindy; Siregar, Edouard; Ghosh, Sanjoy

1993-12-17

386

Experimental study of the effect on span loading on aircraft wakes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Measurements were made in the NASA-Ames 40- by 80-foot wind tunnel of the rolling moment induced on a following model in the wake 13.6 spans behind a subsonic transport model for a variety of trailing edge flap settings of the generator. It was found that the rolling moment on the following model was reduced substantially, compared to the conventional landing configuration, by reshaping the span loading on the generating model to approximate a span loading, found in earlier studies, which resulted in reduced wake velocities. This was accomplished by retracting the outboard trailing edge flaps. It was concluded, based on flow visu