Experimental Fluid Dynamic Characterization of Serrated Rotors for Drone Propulsion

Paolo Candeloro, Ranieri Emanuele Nargi, Edoardo Grande, Daniele Ragni, Tiziano Pagliaroli

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Abstract

The present study reports an experimental investigation regarding one of the most effective and most studied passive control technique in literature to mitigate the noise pollution radiating by a small drone: the Serrated Trailing Edge (STE). 23 quiet propellers have been designed and manufactured in order to identify the most silent configuration. An aeroacoustic pre-qualification of the designed propellers has been performed by means of microphone measurements within the anechoic chamber of Niccolo Cusano University. Then, an aeroacoustic and fluid dynamic characterization of the most performing configuration has been carried out by means of load cell, microphone and PIV measurements in the anechoic wind tunnel facility of TUDelft University of Technology in order to investigate the mechanism that stands behind the noise mitigation. With this purpose, the aerodynamic and aeroacoustic performance and even the velocity and vorticity field along the blade of STE propellers have been characterized. Particular attention is devoted to the fluid-dynamic aspects related to the low Reynolds number flow regime. Results show that serrations seems to modify the wake velocity and the tip voretx intensity resulting in a lower acoustic emission.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012007
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1977
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event28th A.I.VE.LA. National Meeting 2020 - Ancona, Virtual, Italy
Duration: 17 Dec 202018 Dec 2020

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