Accession Number : AD0640209

Title :   THE LIGHT-LINE-TETHERING TECHNIQUE FOR DETERMINING THE AERODYNAMIC DERIVATIVES OF AN AIR CUSHION VEHICLE.

Descriptive Note : Final rept., Oct 60-May 65,

Corporate Author : TORONTO UNIV (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Kurylowich,G.

Report Date : JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 133

Abstract : A complete feasibility study was performed on a new technique for determining ACV aerodynamic derivatives. A circular track simulated 'ground' while the vehicle, tethered to a centerpost by means of a light cable, flew a circular flight path above the track surface. A step on the 'ground' perturbed the vehicle from equilibrium and the resulting oscillations were recorded by a movie camera. The results obtained indicated that many derivatives were functions of height. Although scatter in the data permitted a qualitative study only, it was concluded that the scatter resulted from random errors in the recorded time histories and the manner in which the cable was attached to the vehicle. By making certain improvements in the experimental design and apparatus (especially using a larger track) it was concluded that all derivatives could be obtained with satisfactory precision with this technique. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GROUND EFFECT MACHINES, AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS), FEASIBILITY STUDIES, OSCILLATION, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, CANADA, MOORING, FLIGHT TESTING, CAPTIVE TESTS

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE