This study focuses on the detection and characterization of vortices in low Reynolds number separation flow over the elliptical leading edge of a flat plate airfoil. Velocity fields were obtained using Time Resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (TRPIV). The Reynolds number based on chord length ranged from 14,700 to 66,700. Experiments were performed for velocities of 1.1, 2.0 and 5.0 m/s and angles of attack of 14°, 16°, 18° and 20°. These velocities correspond to chord length Reynolds numbers of 1.47×104, 2.68×104, and 6.70×104, respectively. A local swirl calculation was used to determine regions of high circulation, and the convection of the centers of these regions was used to determine convective velocities of these vortical structures. The streamwise convective velocity normalized by the freestream velocity is observed to range from approximately 0.4 to 0.65 over the range of angles of attack, with slightly increasing values as the angle of attack increases.

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