Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 159–167 | Cite as

Laser-scanning particle image velocimetry applied to a delta wing in transient maneuver

  • C. Magness
  • O. Robinson
  • D. Rockwell


A laser scanning technique, which utilizes a galvanometer scanner to produce particle-image photographs, is employed to investigate the flow over a delta wing undergoing pitching maneuvers at a high angle of attack. Use of a unique forcing system and a large-scale prism arrangement allow characterization of the instantaneous velocity field over the entire crossflow plane at a desired angle of attack.

Contours of constant streamwise vorticity are calculated from the crossflow velocity field at various pitching rates. The vorticity distribution occurring during the pitch-up motion differs substantially from that on the stationary wing at the same angle of attack. During the pitch-up motion, the leading-edge vortex is remarkably coherent, in contrast to the disordered structure on the stationary wing. During the corresponding pitch-down motion, the vorticity distribution is quite similar to that on the stationary wing at the same angle of attack. This behavior is evident for a range of pitching rates.


Vortex Vorticity Particle Image Velocimetry Velocimetry Instantaneous Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Magness
    • 1
  • O. Robinson
    • 1
  • D. Rockwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and MechanicsLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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