An Assessment of Circulation Control Airfoil Development.
Research and development rept. Jul 75-Sep 76,
DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD AVIATION AND SURFACE EFFECTS DEPT
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A circulation control CC airfoil development program is presented, including an airfoil designation system. Specific performance objectives are set forth as development goals. Background information includes an assessment of state-of-the-art design practices, a comparison of operational requirements with those of conventional airfoils, and a discussion of previous airfoil performance. Selection and design criteria are described for five new CC airfoils. These designs were wind tunnel evaluated as two-dimensional models and a limited amount of airfoil data is shown for comparison to the prior data base. Two of the airfoils were designed with the objective of maintaining high lift augmentation and improving the critical Mach number characteristics, a combination of qualities that was previously nonexistent. Both designs theoretically accomplished the prescribed goals and were validated by experimental results. The development program has advanced the state of the art and nearly doubled the available data base for CC airfoils. Author
- Fluid Mechanics