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Aerodynamic Performance of the NACA 2412 Airfoil at Low Reynolds Number

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies: Aero and Mechanical Engineering

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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John E Matsson Oral Roberts University

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John Matsson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 and 1994 respectively.

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John A. Voth Oral Roberts University

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John Voth is a current Sophomore Undergraduate student at Oral Roberts University studying mechanical engineering. He is also a member of he American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow in ORU's Honors Program.

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Connor A. McCain Oral Roberts University

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Connor McCain is an undergraduate engineering student at Oral Roberts University

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Connor McGraw Oral Roberts University

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Connor McGraw is currently a sophomore at Oral Roberts University studying Mechanical Engineering.

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This paper shows a project by three honors students in an undergraduate engineering program. Students used a 3D printer to fabricate the NACA 2412 wing section with a chord length of 230 mm and a total assembled span of 305 mm. The wing was printed in three hollow sections including a 25 mm wide inner section that included 36 surface holes with attached brass tubes and Tygon tubing for pressure distribution measurements in the wind tunnel. The outer sections were 140 mm wide and assembled on each side of the inner section. LabVIEW software and a stepper motor were used for measurements and automatic control of the angle of attack. A Scanivalve Solenoid Controller with Pulser connected to two Fluid Switch Wafers was used for scanning of the pressure field. The experiments were compared with CFD simulations using ANSYS Fluent software at Reynolds number 200,000 based on free stream velocity and chord length. Detailed descriptions of the experimental design, fabrication, set-up and cost are included in the paper together with a tutorial on the details of the mesh generation and settings for the CFD simulations. Finally, the paper will provide details of outcomes for the project, faculty observations, student involvement and response, and assessment of student work.

Matsson, J. E., & Voth, J. A., & McCain, C. A., & McGraw, C. (2016, June), Aerodynamic Performance of the NACA 2412 Airfoil at Low Reynolds Number Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26539

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