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Self-similar behaviour of a rotor wake vortex core

  • Mohamed Ali (a1) and Malek Abid (a1)

We report a self-similar behaviour of solutions (obtained numerically) of the Navier–Stokes equations behind a single-blade rotor. That is, the helical vortex core in the wake of a rotating blade is self-similar as a function of its age. Profiles of vorticity and azimuthal velocity in the vortex core are characterized, their similarity variables are identified and scaling laws of these variables are given. Solutions of incompressible three-dimensional Navier–Stokes equations for Reynolds numbers up to $Re= 2000$ are considered.

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