FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A VTOL BLAST CONTROLLING PLATFORM.
REPUBLIC AVIATION CORP FARMINGDALE N Y
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A concept was developed for a portable vertical take-off and landing blast diverting platform which would direct the exhaust blast away from the aircraft and into the air to prevent terrain errosion, hot gas reingestion, ground effects, and signature. The platform would be assembled on site from modular sections, each section containing deflector vanes and topped by a load bearing grid. The feasibility of this concept has been demonstrated by scale model testing. The results indicate that such a platform is efficient in conducting engine exhaust blast and accompanying entrained air way from the aircraft. Significant reduction in thrust loss and lower surface temperature on the aircraft model were observed. Author
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