Biologically Inspired Wing Leading Edge for Enhanced Wind Turbine and Aircraft Performance
Computational fluid dynamics simulations of tubercled leading edge wings are analyzed to determine the underlying mechanisms that may lead to potential performance improvements of wind turbines and aircraft. Reasons for performance improvements suggested in previous studies can probably be attributed to the formation of a complex vortex structure on the tubercled wings. A local trailing vortex cancelation mechanism is proposed to explain performance improvements of finite wings
T. A. Swanson and K. M. Isaac, "Biologically Inspired Wing Leading Edge for Enhanced Wind Turbine and Aircraft Performance," 6th AIAA Theoretical Fluid Mechanics Conference Proceedings, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Jan 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-3533
6th AIAA Theoretical Fluid Mechanics Conference
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Article - Conference proceedings
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