F. Flores, E. Ortega, E. Oñate
The present work is part of a broader investigation aimed at improving the understanding of the aerodynamics of the rear aircraft section. Complex flow phenomena (e.g., the thick fuselage boundary layer at the rear end) present a challenge to the accurate predictions of aerodynamic performance. Significant efficiency gains are expected from improved-fidelity computations and experimental techniques. As part of a joint effort between several research institutions and industrial partners, a series of wind-tunnel test campaigns focusing on accurate rear-end measurements was planned. To obtain accurate tail-force data, a nonstandard live-rear-end test model was adopted. This technique uses a mechanically separate rear-end section attached to the main body through internal balances, allowing direct measurement of the force acting on the tail. This mechanical setup precludes the use of a conventional tail-coneattached sting. Moreover, to minimize aerodynamic interference on the empennage caused by the support system, a wing-attached twinsting mounting was chosen
Published in Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 47, pp. 708-714, 2010
Published on 25/04/19
DOI: 10.2514/1.45272Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license
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