The Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wrap-around Fins at Mach Numbers of 0.3 to 3.0.
ARMY MISSILE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING LAB REDSTONE ARSENAL AL AEROBALLISTICS DIRECTORATE
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Results of investigations into many of the geometric and flow parameters influencing the aerodynamics of wrap-around fins are presented in this report. Particular emphasis is placed on defining static and dynamic roll characteristics between Mach numbers of 0.3 to 3.0. Among the geometric parameters highlighted are fin span, aspect ratio, leading edge sweep, leading edge shape, fin opening angle, and afterbody geometry. Comparisons of static stability, dynamic stability, and drag are made between the flat and the wrap- around fin. Problems associated with measurement of wrap-around fin rolling mounts are also discussed. An overview of the wrap-around fin roll moment characteristics are presented as an aid for making estimates and establishing testing techniques. This report supercedes RD-73-17.