Unsteady separated flows over manoeuvring lifting surfaces

George N. Barakos, Dimitris Drikakis

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Numerical simulations of dynamic-stall phenomena have been performed using an implicit unfactored Navier-Stokes solver and various turbulence closures, including linear and nonlinear low-Re eddy-viscosity models. The accuracy of the models has been assessed against a range of experimental data for ramping and oscillating aerofoils at subsonic and transonic conditions. The computations indicate that the nonlinear eddy-viscosity models better predict the shedding of the dynamic-stall vortex and the unsteady aerodynamic loads.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3279-3291
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1777
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic stall
  • Pitching aerofoils
  • Unsteady aerodynamic flows


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