Wavelet analysis of unsteady shock-wave motion on two-dimensional airfoil with vortex generators

Toshinori Kouchi, Shingo Yamaguchi, Shinichiro Yanase, Shunsuke Koike, Tsutomu Nakajima, Mamoru Sato, Hiroshi Kanda

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We visualized the shock wave-boundary layer interaction on a two-dimensional transonic airfoil with and without vortex generators (VGs) by using a fast-framing focusing schlieren imaging. Image processing extracted a time-space trajectory of the shock wave motion from a time-series of the schlieren images. The shock trajectories were analyzed by using the Morlet wavelet. The shock motions in the cases without VGs were quite periodic. The Fourier analysis well extracted the characteristics of the shock motion such as frequency etc. However, the shock motions in the cases with VGs were not periodic. Therefore, the Fourier analysis is not applicable for this case. The wavelet analysis with the statistical significance test gave quantitative measure of change in the shock oscillation around the buffet frequency due to installation of VGs, such as amplitude and intermittency. The wavelet spectrograms revealed that the installation of VGs did not prevent from generating the buffet but just reduced the amplitude of the buffet oscillation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103933
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

Name54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Other54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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