Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA 23284
Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India 600036
A discrete vortex model coupled with a vortex dissipation and vortex core criteria is used to study the unsteady ﬂow past two airfoils in conﬁguration. The unsteady wakes of the airfoils are modeled by discrete vortices and time-stepping is used to predict the individual wake shapes. The coupled ﬂow is solved using a combined zero-normal ﬂow boundary condition and Kelvin condition which result in (2N + 2)X(2N + 2) equations. Results are presented showing the eﬀect of airfoil-airfoil and airfoil-wake interaction on the aerodynamic characteristics of the conﬁguration. The eﬀect of relative velocity, rate of pitching and phase-lag are studied on airfoil performance and wake shape is predicted.