Wind Tunnel Evaluation on the Performance of Blown Airfoil
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Keywords

Blown airfoil
lift enhancement
subsonic wind tunnel

Abstract

This study investigated the performance of blown airfoil. Two types of blown airfoil were developed. The integrated parts of the airfoils were investigated in the subsonic wind tunnel to study the aerodynamic forces. Each airfoil was implemented with a blower at different locations on the upper surface and was tested in the wind tunnel, with different Reynolds numbers, and with and without blower. The results showed that the airfoil with air blower produced a very significant additional 35% lift force compared to airfoil without air blower. The experimental result also exhibited 7% higher lift coefficient for air blower compared to numerical analysis.

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