Effect of Leading-Edge Slats at Low Reynolds Numbers

Lance Traub, Mashaan Kaula
2016 Aerospace (Basel)  
One of the most commonly implemented devices for stall control on wings and airfoils is a leading-edge slat. While functioning of slats at high Reynolds number is well documented, this is not the case at the low Reynolds numbers common for small unmanned aerial vehicles. Consequently, a low-speed wind tunnel investigation was undertaken to elucidate the performance of a slat at Re = 250,000. Force balance measurements accompanied by surface flow visualization images are presented. The slat
more » ... nted. The slat extension and rotation was varied and documented. The results indicate that for small slat extensions, slat rotation is deleterious to performance, but is required for larger slat extensions for effective lift augmentation. Deployment of the slat was accompanied by a significant drag penalty due to premature localized flow separation.
doi:10.3390/aerospace3040039 fatcat:vxvvkeqbdjbspmpw2yodqhad4a