Computational Investigations on the Effects of Gurney Flap on Airfoil Aerodynamics

  • Jain S
  • Sitaram N
  • Krishnaswamy S
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The present study comprises steady state, two-dimensional computational investigations performed on NACA 0012 airfoil to analyze the effect of Gurney flap (GF) on airfoil aerodynamics using k - ε RNG turbulence model of FLUENT. Airfoil with GF is analyzed for six different heights from 0.5% to 4% of the chord length, seven positions from 0% to 20% of the chord length from the trailing edge, and seven mounting angles from 30° to 120° with the chord. Computed values of lift and drag coefficients with angle of attack are compared with experimental values and good agreement is found at low angles of attack. In addition static pressure distribution on the airfoil surface and pathlines and turbulence intensities near the trailing edge are present. From the computational investigation, it is recommended that Gurney flaps with a height of 1.5% chord be installed perpendicular to chord and as close to the trailing edge as possible to obtain maximum lift enhancement with minimum drag penalty.




Jain, S., Sitaram, N., & Krishnaswamy, S. (2015). Computational Investigations on the Effects of Gurney Flap on Airfoil Aerodynamics. International Scholarly Research Notices, 2015, 1–11.

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