GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PRINCETON DYNAMIC MODEL TRACK
PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL SCIENCES
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The Princeton Dynamic Model Track is a facility which consists of a servocontrolled hydraulically powered model carriage mounted on a monorail track. The track is housed inside a 30-by-30-foot building 750 feet long. The carriage contains a model mount designed to allow the carriage to follow the powered model without imposing restraints on the model motions being studied. From one to five degrees of freedom motions can be examined, both longitudinal and lateral-directional, in or out of ground effect. The Dynamic Model Track can provide static and dynamic derivative data e.g., velocity and rate- dependent aerodynamic stability and control derivatives on VSTOL aircraft models or components in and near hover, slow speed flight, and during transition. In addition, it can provide an experimental simulation of the expected full-scale vehicle control-fixed dynamic motions.
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