A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Vortex Flow Control for High Lift Generation.
Interim rept. 1 Jan-31 Dec 77,
SYSTEMS RESEARCH LABS INC NEWPORT NEWS VA RASA DIV
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An experimental and theoretical program of research was conducted to determine the effect of the main wing wake on the effectiveness of the horizontal tail surface and to further refine and expand the predictive theory initiated during the previous years effort. Experimentally, it was determined that while the vortex flows developed large pitching moments on the wing, the horizontal tail surface, regardless of its geometrical location with respect to the wing MAC, was able to counter the pitching moment and trim the configuration. The experimental data also indicated that, while large changes in the pitch angle of the horizontal tail were required to obtain configuration trim when the concentrated wing vortex wake was in the vicinity of the horizontal tail surface, the aerodynamic angle of attack remained relatively small and the tail effectiveness did not change by more than 25. The refined and expanded theoretical prediction method provided greater insight in the aerodynamic characteristics on the upper and lower surface and, in general, predicted the vortex flow effects more accurately. The results suggest that with the proper program streamlining and documentation the predictive program can be used successfully as a design tool. Author
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Numerical Mathematics