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Flow Control Research

  1. Jul 19, 2009 #1
    Does anyone know of any good university labs that do research in flow control and its many applications? I know RPI has a flow control lab and Maryland does some research in this as well.
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  3. Jul 20, 2009 #2
    What do you mean flow control? CFM of airflow? Controlling hydraulic flow? If it's CFM of flow such as in cylinder heads or pumps, the companies that are major produces tend to have the best r&d regarding the specific applications. If your talking about hydraulic flow, well all you need is a fluid mechanics book.
  4. Jul 20, 2009 #3
    Sorry for not being specific.

    I actually mean flow control used for aerospace applications. For instance, I have seen it used for preventing flow separation on wings and altering the flow over micro aerial vehicles in order to control them without the use of control surfaces such as ailerons, elevators...
  5. Jul 20, 2009 #4
    Based on some articles I've accumulated over the last year, here are some universities that may have research in your area.

    "Effects of blade tip modifications on wind turbine performance using vortex model"
    University of California Davis

    "Gurney flap—Lift enhancement, mechanisms and applications" (my favorite device)
    Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    "Dynamic stall on a supercritical airfoil"
    Institute of Aerodynamic and Flow Technology, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Göttingen, Germany

    "Numerical study of passive and active flow separation control
    over a NACA0012 airfoil"
    Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, United States

    I think South Dakota State of Minds probably has something as well (just a guess)
  6. Jul 20, 2009 #5
    As for sailplanes ( no ailerons ) you just need a big rudder and some dyhedral for stability :)

    Are you interested in UAV technology or something?
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2009
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