Crossflow-vortex instability and transition on a 45-degree swept wing Conference Paper uri icon


  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., 1989. All rights reserved. A crossflow vortex experiment on a 45 swept wing is currently being conducted in the Arizona State University Unsteady Wind Tunnel. The experimental apparatus is designed to produce cross flow-dominated transition by simulating infinite swept wing flow using contoured end liners in a closed throat wind tunnel. Stationary fixed-wavelength crossflow vortices are observed at several chord Reynolds numbers. The vortex wavelength which is fixed for a given Reynolds number varies with Reynolds number approximately as predicted by linear stability theory, but with the predicted wavelengths about 30 percent larger than the observed wavelengths. Travelling waves are observed both in the frequency range predicted by linear stability theory and at higher frequencies. These higher frequency waves may be harmonics of the primary crossflow waves generated by a nonlinear parametric resonance phenomena.

published proceedings

  • AIAA 20th Fluid Dynamics, Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Conference, 1989

author list (cited authors)

  • Ray Dagenhart, J., Saric, W. S., Mousseux, M. C., & Peter Stack, J.

complete list of authors

  • Ray Dagenhart, J||Saric, WS||Mousseux, MC||Peter Stack, J

publication date

  • January 1989