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Development and Evaluation of a Dynamic, 3-Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) Wind Tunnel Model

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Technical Report,01 Nov 2014,31 Oct 2015

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Bennett Aerospace Cary

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Wind tunnel experiments have been used for decades to collect data and build representative aerodynamic models however, the model itself is usually static. This report focuses on the unique design of a dynamic, 3-degree-of-freedom DOF wind tunnel model, release mechanism, and sting that is capable of simulating free-flight of an 83-mm projectile using its own, self-contained electronics and maneuver mechanisms. The objective is to validate state estimation and control algorithms, parameterize and quantify flight behavior, and assess the performance of the Control Actuation System CAS. One of the unique aspects is the internal gimbal mechanism, which eliminates any gimbal-induced flow disturbances. All 3 axes can be locked independently and are instrumented with high-resolution feedback. Experiments were conducted at Mach 0.2 and 0.6 in a subsonic and transonic wind tunnel, respectively. Tunnel-specific differences in the sting and release mechanism are highlighted as well as a few representative data sets.

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  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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