Drag Reduction Due to Riblets on a GAW(2) Airfoil

Subaschandar, N and Rajeev Kumar, - and Sundaram, S (1999) Drag Reduction Due to Riblets on a GAW(2) Airfoil. Journal of Aircraft, 36 (5). pp. 890-892.

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    Abstract

    THE study of turbulent drag reduction by use of riblets has been an area of significant research during the past de cade. Riblets with symmetric v grooves with adhesive-backed film manufactured the 3M Company (U.S.) have been widely used in earlier studies. The effectiveness of riblets in reducing the drag of a simple wo-dimensional configuration is fairly we 11 established now. Although there has been some effort to assess the effectiveness riblets on airfoils, the results reported by Sundaram et al on a NACA 0012 airfoils at low speeds have been particularly noteworthy.13; Their studies showed that both total and viscous drag reduction increased monotonically with an angle of attack up to 6 deg; it was also shown3 that the higher drag reduction resulted primarily from airfoil upper (or suction) surface, suggesting increased effectiveness of riblets in adverse pressure gradients. In a subsequent study Subaschandar et al., who extending the work of Sundaram etal to higher angles of attack (by using the same NACA 0012 model13; and the same wind tunnel), it was observed that the drag reduction decreased rapidly beyond a = 6 deg with virtually no drag reduction a =12 deg. The present study is an attempt to assess the total drag reduction that is due to riblets on a cambered airfoil up to high angles of attack low speeds. The 13% thickness General Aviation Wing [GAW(2)]13;

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to AIAA
    Uncontrolled Keywords: General aviation wing;Turbulent drag reduction
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aerodynamics
    Division/Department: Experimental Aerodynamics Division, Experimental Aerodynamics Division, Experimental Aerodynamics Division
    Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
    Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
    Last Modified: 24 May 2010 09:41
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/1417

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