71th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 18, 2018 — November 20, 2018)

V0086: 3D finite-time Lyapunov exponent

  • Bjoern Klose, San Diego State University
  • Gustaaf Jacobs, San Diego State University
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2018.GFM.V0086

This video shows the Finite Time Lyapunov Exponent (FTLE) extracted from grouped fluid particle tracers in backward time over a NACA 65(1)-412 airfoil in 3D. Ridges in the backward FTLE field identify attractors in the flow and are candidates for Lagrangian Coherent Structures. 

Three cases are shown: the flow at a chord-based Reynolds number of 20,000 and angles of attack of four and ten degrees and the flow at a Reynolds number of 50,000 at four degrees. 

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