Performance Enhancements to Joint Army/Navy Rotorcraft Analysis and Design (JANRAD) Software and Graphical User Interface (GUI)
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Joint ArmyNavy Rotorcraft Analysis and Design JANRAD computer program was developed at the Naval Postgraduate School to perform performance, stability and control, and rotor dynamics analysis during preliminary helicopter design efforts. This thesis is the continuation of a previous work in which a Graphical User Interface GUI was developed and implemented as the front end of the NPS program. Due to the complexity of the GUI design, only the Performance module of JANRAD was completed by the prior student. This thesis expands the capabilities of the Performance module, and the JANRAD code, by adding graphical output of performance results, improved rotor sizing capabilities, resources for user defined blade elements and non-linear blade twist, airfoil meshing capabilities, and additional reference airfoil data corrected for compressibility effects. It contains the basic architecture for the Stability and Control module GUI. Additionally, utilizing actual UH-60A Black Hawk airfoil and test flight data as inputs, JANRAD version 5.0 was run to validate its output with the test flight results, and those produced in a prior thesis by JANRAD version 3.1 1995. Excellent agreement was demonstrated in all flight regimes. Utilizing airfoil data corrected for compressibility effects, high altitude runs resulted in much better correlation with test flight results than those experienced in 1995 using uncorrected airfoil data. A JANRAD Users Guide was updated and is included in Appendix A.
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