V/STOL Flight Test Instrumentation Requirements for Extraction of Aerodynamic Coefficients. Volume I.
Final rept. Dec 67-Sep 68,
LTV AEROSPACE CORP DALLAS TX VOUGHT AERONAUTICS DIV
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The results of a synthesis of pertinent maneuvers with a mathematical model of the XC-142 VSTOL airplane have served to establish tolerances in the measurement of flight parameters which provide the time histories used in the derivation of aerodynamic coefficients. Extracting valid aerodynamic coefficients from flight test time histories requires highly accurate instruments or detailed a priori knowledge of instrumentation errors. Furthermore, the mathematical technique used should provide the capability of extracting many coefficients simultaneously and delineating the probable error of each coefficient. The method of multiple linear regression, a least squares algorithm, provides the requisite mathematical tool with adequate statistical credentials. A state-of-the-art survey and a vendor-product-line review have provided guidelines for a system that will meet the overall accuracy requirements established. Details of equipment installations, oriented toward minimizing environmental stresses particularly vibrations, have been studied. Conclusions drawn from this program are that the assembly and application of a precision data acquisition system based on digital onboard handling techniques, with the appropriate sensing instrumentation, is entirely feasible but that limited development of measurement techniques, hardware, and software are required. Author
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Fluid Mechanics