Categorization of Atmospheric Turbulence in Terms of Aircraft Response for Use in Turbulence Reports and Forecasts
Final rept. 1 Jan 1979-29 Feb 1980
AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This report describes a method of calculating the gust sensitivity of conventional aircraft and presents gust sensitivity values for a total of 69 military and civilian aircraft. Gust sensitivity is presented in terms of the vertical load factor response of aircraft per foot per second discrete gust. The information is intended to permit organizations engaged in the forecasting of atmospheric turbulence to properly take into consideration the capability of particular aircraft to operate safely in various turbulence levels. The basis for calculating the gust sensitivity is the so called gust loads formula which is a single degree of freedom mathematical model of the aircraft excited by a one-minus-cosine shaped wave form of 25 chord wave length. An empirical equation is used to calculate the aircraft normal force coefficient over the subsonic, transonic, and supersonic airspeed range.
- Fluid Mechanics