American Journal of Applied Sciences

An Investigation of the Effect of Aspect Ratio on the Airfoil Performance

M. Kopaç, M. Yılmaz and T. Gültop

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2005.545.549

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 2, Issue 2

Pages 545-549

Abstract

The effect of aspect ratio on the airfoil performance is investigated for airflow about axially symetric wings as a function of the angle of attack. The magnitudes of aerodynamic forces and moments on airfoils resulting from the incompressible viscous flow fields are determined experimentally. The TE54 wind tunnel used for the experiments is an open conduit and has a 300x300 mm x-section with a closed test chamber. The TE81 digital measurement device is used which has three components. Three different types of airfoil profiles are tested under the airflow speed of 33.76 m s-1 and it is concluded that the airfoil with the aspect ratio of 2.761 yields the optimum performance.

Copyright

© 2005 M. Kopaç, M. Yılmaz and T. Gültop. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.