Characterization of single-step Kline-Fogleman airfoils

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Gross, Cord
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2019-12
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The research performed was done so with the attempt to further develop the understanding of the single-step airfoil. With the known information about the poor lift to drag ratio produced by many variations of stepped wings, it was the primary goal to isolate what mechanisms step flow utilize. If possible, how they can be implemented to produce a viable airfoil design. Computational research done in this area is moderately extensive, allowing the necessity for more comprehensive experimental work. Investigating the possibilities that come from modifying a pre-existing wing design using a backward-facing-step, without the goal to produce an adaptation for use at a particular scale. Exact scale investigations should follow this precursory investigation. The findings of this experiment showed that the vortex developed by the presence of the step does provide changes in performance that can be quantified and the causes of the changes can be discovered. If the possibility exists--that a stable passively-generated-vortex can be created by the step cavity--then a considerably marked benefit might be discovered. With this in mind, a closer experimental examination should be completed to isolate the exact scale at which this occurs.

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Thesis (M.S.)-- Wichita State University, College of Engineering, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
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Wichita State University
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Copyright 2019 by Cord Gross All Rights Reserved
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