Experimental and Analytical Studies of a Model Helicopter Rotor in Hover
ARMY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY LABS MOFFETT FIELD CA
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The present study is a benchmark test to aid the development of various rotor performance codes. The study involves simultaneous blade pressure measurements and tip vortex surveys. Measurements were made for a wide range of tip Mach numbers including the transonic flow regime. The measured tip vortex strength and geometry permit effective blade loading predictions when used as input to a prescribed wake lifting surface code. It is also shown that with proper inflow and boundary layer modeling, the supercritical flow regime can be accurately predicted.
- Fluid Mechanics