Laminar flow airfoils have previously demonstrated the ability to increase the aerodynamic efficiency of aircraft through the reduction of profile drag. Nevertheless, their application at transonic speeds poses a substantial challenge due to high operating Reynolds numbers and other factors.
My research considers the use of passive flow control devices in the development transonic laminar flow airfoils. By incorporating the use of vortex generators in the design process, airfoil geometries can be tailored to achieve longer regions of laminar flow. This approach challenges the conventional use of vortex generators in wing designs and shows potential for more efficient airfoil sections.