Measurements of Velocity Components in the Wake of a Full-Scale Helicopter Rotor in Hover
Final rept. Sep 1970-Sep 1971
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPT OF AEROPHYSICS AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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The report presents three-component wake velocity measurements made with a split-film total vector anemometer. The measurements were made in the wake of a full-scale OH-13E helicopter rotor which was mounted on a 60-foot rotor test tower at Mississippi State University. Time-averaged velocity distributions along wake radii at various distances below the rotor disk were measured for two conditions of disk loading and three combinations of blade pitch and rotor speed. Instantaneous velocity measurements were made across the helical vortex trails to investigate the effects of blade pitch and rotor speed on vortex structure, core size, transport velocity, and distribution of axial and tangential velocity components within the vortices.