An Experimental Investigation of Compressible Dynamic Stall on a 2-D pitching airfoil

Master's Thesis


A new facility has been designed and constructed at the University of Notre Dame to investigate dynamic stall and compressible dynamic stall on a 2-D pitching airfoil at high subsonic Mach numbers. The design of the compressible dynamic stall test facility was focused on achieving test conditions that have not been studied previously. The facility is able to pitch an airfoil at non harmonic frequencies at flight Reynolds numbers. The data acquisition system is capable of simultaneously acquiring the pressure data from 31 flush mounted absolute pressure sensors and the position data from an angle encoder. Benchmark data was taken and discussed. It was found that the transition from dynamic stall to compressible dynamic stall had interesting characteristics.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-07232010-085233

Author Katie Kristine Thorne
Advisor Dr. Flint Thomas
Contributor Dr. Thomas Corke, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Flint Thomas, Committee Chair
Contributor Dr. Eric Jumper, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Degree Name MSAE
Defense Date
  • 2010-07-13

Submission Date 2010-07-23
  • United States of America

  • pitching airfoil

  • dynamic stall

  • compressible dynamic stall

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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