Thanksgiving Aerodynamics, CFD of a Cooked Turkey

Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey

For absolutely no reason whatsoever, here is a quick CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis of a turkey flying through the air at 65mph. (The airflow is actually better than was expected, and there is even a bit of an airfoil effect going on here.)

You’re welcome!

Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey
Side view of a turkey aerodynamics with particle tracers. Note the stagnant pocket behind the armpit of the wing, and then the overall Airfoil effect, though it would be generating downforce if the belly was towards the ground.
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey
Top view of a turkey aerodynamics with particle tracers
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey surface pressure plot
Front ISO view of a turkey aerodynamics surface plotting showing the pressure gradient.
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey cut plot top
Top view of a turkey aerodynamics with fluid section cut view showing air vorticity (how much the air is “spinning” as it goes past the turkey).
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey cut plot right
Top view of a turkey aerodynamics with fluid section cut view showing air vorticity (how much the air is “spinning” as it goes past the turkey). NOTE: Side profile is a lot cleaner since it is just the belly and back that we are looking at. There is even a bit of an airfoil effect going on here.
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey rear ISO
Back ISO view of a turkey aerodynamics with particle tracers. Could be worse…
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey rear ISO 2
Front ISO view of a turkey aerodynamics with particle tracers
Thanksgiving aerodynamics of a turkey
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