An Evaluation of Statistical Methods for the Prediction of Maximum Time-Variant Inlet Total Pressure Distortion
Final rept. 1 Oct 1978-24 Sep 1979
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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An analysis was conducted to determine the accuracies and limitations of three statistical methods used to predict engine-face maximum time-variant total pressure distortion. The statistical methods have all been proposed as low-cost alternatives to the time-consuming and costly deterministic method generally used for reducing engine-face time-variant total pressure data. The statistical methods are evaluated by comparing their predicted distortion values and patterns to those measured with the deterministic method. Data comparisons from tests of four different inlet models, covering a wide range of Mach numbers, mass flow ratios, model attitudes, and distortion factors, were used during the analysis. The results show good agreement between the measured and predicted values for all three statistical methods. The distortion pattern predictions, however, were inadequate at conditions with high total pressure fluctuation turbulence. It is recommended that improvements continue to be made in the statistical methods, particularly adjustments for high-turbulence conditions, and that the Melick method be used as an on-line distortion analysis tool for inlet performance tests.
- Statistics and Probability
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines