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A Study of the Leading Edge Vortex and Tip Vortex on Prop-Fan Blades

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C. M. Vaczy

Hamilton Standard, Division of United Technologies Corporation, Windsor Locks, CT

D. C. McCormick

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT

J. Turbomach 109(3), 325-331 (Jul 01, 1987) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3262109 History: Received February 19, 1987; Online November 09, 2009

Abstract

An oil flow visualization study was conducted on the blades of a counterrotating prop-fan model, the CRP-X1. A kink in the oil streaks was interpreted as an indication of the leading edge vortex reattachment line. The leading edge vortex was found to be on the lower surface for cases with negative leading edge loading and on the upper surface for cases with positive leading edge loading. For most cases, the leading edge vortex merged with a tip vortex. The results presented here represent the first systematic study of this phenomenon.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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