WIND TUNNEL AND FULL-SCALE FORCES ON ROCKET SLEDS.
AIR FORCE MISSILE DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOLLOMAN AFB N MEX DIRECTORATE OF TEST TRACK
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Vertical quasi-steady state forces on three dual rail rocket sleds, which were predicted using wind tunnel data, are compared with those measured on the Holloman Test Track. A description of the magnitude and character of the oscillatory forces is also presented. This is the first such comparison since the advent of rocket sled testing. Wind tunnel force tests on the three rocket sleds indicated that aerodynamic forces would be of sufficient magnitude to warrant consideration in structural design. The forces measured during the track tests indicated that the aerodynamic contribution was the dominant component to the vertical quasi-steady state force in the supersonic regime. The results of full-scale investigations showed implicitly that when the sleds experienced considerable aerodynamic forces, the wind tunnel data agreed fairly well with the forces measured on the rocket sled. The quasi-steady state vertical forces were predicted, using wind tunnel data, to within 3,000 pounds for loads between 12,000 and 32,000 pounds. Author
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods