Leading-edge vortex flows are often present on propeller blades at take-off, however, their characteristics and aerodynamic impact are still not fully understood. An experimental investigation using Time Resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (TR-PIV) has been performed on a model blade in order to classify this flow with respect to both delta wing leading-edge vortices and the low Reynolds number studies regarding leading-edge vortices on rotating blades. A numerical calculation of the experimental setup has been performed in order to assess usual numerical methods for propeller performance prediction against TR-PIV results. Similar characteristics were found with non slender delta wing vortices at low incidence, which hints that the leading-edge vortex flow may generate vortex lift. The influence of rotation on the characteristics of the leading-edge vortex is compared to that of the pressure gradient caused by the circulation distribution. A discussion on the quality of the PIV reconstruction for close-wall structures is provided.

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