The work discussed herein is a focused extension of a series of studies that were carried out at the Aeroelasticity Laboratory of the Royal Military College of Canada in recent years. Initial work revealed the presence of self-excited oscillations over certain ranges of airspeed when a NACA 0012 airfoil was immersed in the laboratory’s wind tunnel and allowed to oscillate freely in both pitch and heave. The range of airspeeds tested corresponded to Reynolds numbers in the low-to-moderate regime. While the aeroelastic apparatus is capable of two-degrees-of-freedom motion, the present work concerns only the motion of the airfoil when it is constrained to rotate in pure pitch. A parametric investigation is presently being undertaken to more fully comprehend the airfoil’s pitch behaviour, specifically the amplitude and frequency of its oscillations which are observed in the following range of chord based Reynolds numbers: 5.0 × 104Rec ≤ 1.2 × 105. This paper focuses on the effect of the stiffness of the springs used in the apparatus. Other parameters such as surface roughness, turbulence intensity, temperature and initial conditions are also briefly discussed. In conjunction with the pitch oscillation measurements, preliminary results reveal vortices to be present in the wake. In an attempt to determine the frequency and character of these flow structures, as well as to understand the relationship between the airfoil motion and wake dynamics, hot-wire anemometry measurements have been performed.

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