Vortex detection through pressure measurements
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Vortex Generators (VGs) are known to hinder boundary layer separation, a frequently unwanted phenomenon when it comes to external flows over aircraft wings, on-ground vehicles or internal flows within pipes, diffusers and turbomachinery. Boundary layer separation leads to loss of lift, higher drag and subsequently, energy losses. The vortices generated inhibit boundary layer separation. This thesis is an effort to discern the strength and location of these generated vortices using an array of VGs over a flat plate. Such information may be useful in the future in active control systems for streamwise vortices, which have been proposed to relaminarize turbulent boundary layers. Flow over flat plates, simulated using wind tunnel experiments, is studied for pressure variation using an array of pressure ports mounted over the plate and connected to suitable pressure sensors. Pressure coefficient and Velocity maps are generated using the data obtained from the Kirsten Wind Tunnel data acquisition system. These represent the nature of the flow field over the plate and are used to locate the vortices and determine their strength. It was found that the vortices can be detected using this method and their strength and location can be estimated.