Application of the Ring Vortex Method to Aerodynamic Design of Lifting Rotor Systems
ARMY FOREIGN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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The operation of the lifting rotor during flight with a horizontal velocity component has been the subject of considerable study. The ring vortex method is a simplified procedure for accurately determining the aerodynamic characteristics of the lifting rotor. The replacement of the vortex cylinder with a system of discrete vortex rings is equivalent to expansion of the vortex cylinder into rings and longitudinal vortices. Ignoring the longitudinal vortices is equivalent to ignoring the closure of the stream behind the rotor. For low loaded lifting rotors, no significant error is thus created.
- Fluid Mechanics