EFFECT OF UNSYMMETRICAL NOSE-BLUNTNESS ON THE STABILITY DERIVATIVES OF A 10 DEGREE CONE AT MACH-14.
AEROSPACE RESEARCH LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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In the analysis of the free flight motion of bodies of revolution, the tricyclic theory assumes that a small configurational asymmetry does not violate the rotational symmetry of the stability derivatives in pitch and yaw but does produce a non-zero trim angle. Tests at Mach 14 show that a small unsymmetric nose bluntness destroys the rotational symmetry of the stability derivatives of a slender cone at hypersonic Mach numbers and therefore severely violates the assumptions of the tricyclic theory. Restoring and damping derivatives in pitch and yaw are reported for a 10 deg cone with symmetric and unsymmetrically blunted noses. The effect of non-equal stability derivatives on the motion are shown for a simplified case. Author
- Fluid Mechanics