Rajesh Senthil Kumar T. currently serves as Assistant Professor at Department of Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus. His areas of research include CFD and Aircraft Design. 


Publication Type: Journal Article

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T. R. S. Kumar, Dr. Sivakumar V., Dr. Balajee Ramakrishnananda, Arjhun, A. K., and , “Numerical investigation of two element camber morphing airfoil in low reynolds number flows”, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, vol. 12, pp. 1939-1955, 2017.[Abstract]

Aerodynamic performance of a two-element camber morphing airfoil was investigated at low Reynolds number using the transient SST model in ANSYS FLUENT 14.0 and eN method in XFLR5. The two-element camber morphing concept was employed to morph the baseline airfoil into another airfoil by altering the orientation of mean-line at 35% of the chord to achieve better aerodynamic efficiency. NACA 0012 was selected as baseline airfoil. NACA 23012 was chosen as the test case as it has the camber-line similar to that of the morphed airfoil and as it has the same thickness as that of the baseline airfoil. The simulations were carried out at chord based Reynolds numbers of 2.5×105 and 3.9×105. The aerodynamic force coefficients, aerodynamic efficiency and the location of the transition point of laminar separation bubble over these airfoils were studied for various angles of attack. It was found that the aerodynamic efficiency of the morphed airfoil was 12% higher than that of the target airfoil at 4° angle of attack for Reynolds number of 3.9×105 and 54% rise in aerodynamic performance was noted as Reynolds number was varied from 2.5×105 to 3.9×105. The morphed airfoil exhibited the nature of low Reynolds number airfoil. © School of Engineering, Taylor’s University.

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Publication Type: Conference Paper

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V. Saxena, Dr. Balajee Ramakrishnananda, and Kumar, T. R. S., “Simulation of flow past a wing inspired by flying snakes”, in 2015 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, ICACCI 2015, 2015, pp. 720-725.[Abstract]

Wings of airplanes, ornithopters and micro-aerial vehicles were inspired by the wings of birds and insects. A flying snake found in South and South-East Asia converts its entire body into a morphing wing which AIDS it to glide very efficiently. The aerodynamics of this species of snake is not well understood. Two dimensional computational and experimental studies of the snake's rather unusual cross-section have been done in earlier works. A three dimensional simulation of the flow over a wing inspired by the snake's body geometry is solved in the current work using steady laminar assumptions. Solutions were obtained from an angle of attack of 0 to 55 degrees in steps of 5 degrees. Interesting features like wake interaction with downstream sections and complex vortex shapes come to light. At low angles of attack, transverse flows reduce the strength of the wake leaving the wing. Gentle stall characteristics with a high stall angle and almost linear increase in drag with angle of attack are noticed. Bending of streamlines indicative of high lift production are clearly visualized at the maximum lift condition. © 2015 IEEE.

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