Experimental Static Stability Studies of Several Tactical Missile Configurations at Mach Numbers from 1.76 to 3.01
Final rept. 16 Aug-7 Sep 1974
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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An experimental investigation was conducted in the low supersonic Mach number regime to obtain generalized, systematic force and moment data on several tactical missile configurations. Aerodynamic characteristics were determined for a typical missile body and nine body-fin configurations. The aerodynamic loading on each fin was also obtained for the nine fin configurations in a cruciform arrangement at zero deflection. The test was conducted at Mach numbers of 1.76, 2.00, 2.50, and 3.01 and free-stream Reynolds numbers, based on model length, from 8.3 to 14.5 million. The angle-of-attack range was from -1 to 45 deg, and the roll angle range was from 0 to 90 deg. Results are presented to illustrate the effects of fin aspect ratio, planform shape, and planform area on the missile and fin aerodynamic characteristics.
- Guided Missiles