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Old   August 18, 2009, 20:05
Default Can vorticity or pressure coefficient plots be used to explain the thrust and lift?
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Hi,

I have simulated moving airfoils and computed the thrust and lift.

How can I use the vorticity or pressure coefficient plots obtained to explain the reason for the high or low thrust and lift of the airfoil?

Is there any useful references?

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Old   August 18, 2009, 23:55
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From the pressure distribution, it is rather hard to determine how thrust is produced from an oscillating airfoil ( I assume oscillating since you mention thrust generation). I have used the vorticity moment equations to explain why thrust is generated from plunge/pitch etc. If you want, send me ur email, I can send you the paper..

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