An experimental investigation of laminar separation bubble formation on flexible membrane wing

Demir H., Genç M. S.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MECHANICS B-FLUIDS, vol.65, pp.326-338, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2017.05.010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.326-338
  • Keywords: Flexible membrane wing, Fluid-structure interaction, Laminar separation bubble, Unsteady aerodynamics, AERODYNAMICS, FLOW
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, fluid-structure interaction over a flexible membrane wing with aspect ratio (AR) of 3 at low Reynolds numbers was investigated experimentally. Smoke wire flow visualization technique was performed for analyzing time-dependent behavior of flow over this flexible membrane wing. Furthermore, time dependent deformation of flexible membrane wing was measured. It was clearly seen that the value of membrane deformation increased with increasing angle of attack. Moreover, it was stated that the size of laminar separation bubble (LSB) changed with time due to the unsteady flow characteristics of membrane wing. The unsteady behavior over the flexible membrane wing caused different deformation modes to form at different angles of attack. For the flexible wings with higher aspect ratios, the LSB was more dominant in the membrane wings at low Re numbers, and caused the membrane vibration to increase based on the angle of attack which the LSB started to be overpowering. (C) 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.