An Investigation of the Quantitative Applicability of Model Helicopter Rotor Wake Patterns Obtained from a Water Tunnel
UNITED AIRCRAFT RESEARCH LABS EAST HARTFORD CT
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An analytical investigation was conducted to evaluate quantitative applications of available model rotor tip vortex patterns from a water tunnel. This evaluation consisted of reducing selected photographic wake data to coordinate form, and comparing the resulting wake geometries with both theoretical results and available experimental data taken in air. Additionally, the study included an examination of the sensitivity of water tunnel wake geometry to the water tunnel test parameters which did not duplicate full-scale rotor values and the applicability of a water tunnel wake geometry to determine the airloads of a full-scale rotor. Finally, the possibility of developing simplified wake documentation and generalization procedures and improved water tunnel test techniques was assessed.
- Fluid Mechanics