Accession Number : AD0880949

Title :   The Laminar Boundary Layer on a Rotating Blade of Symmetrical Airfoil Shape

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV AT RALEIGH

Personal Author(s) : Williams, III, James C ; Young, Jr, Warren H

PDF Url : AD0880949

Report Date : Dec 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 158

Abstract : A theoretical study has been conducted to determine the effects of rotation, inflow, and forward flight on the development of the laminar boundary layer on a helicopter blade. Particular emphasis was placed on the determination of the separation line. In order to faciliate the computation of the inviscid flow about the blade, an 11.9%-thick symmetrical Joukowski airfoil was used. The essential feature of the analysis was the scaling of the chordwise coordinate so that the separation line is invariant with span and time in the transformed coordinate system. The transformed boundary layer equations were expanded in an asymptotic series in span, and the resulting equations were solved. The major effect of rotation is noted as a delay in separation.

Descriptors :   *FLOW SEPARATION, *LAMINAR FLOW, *ROTOR BLADES(ROTARY WINGS), BLADE AIRFOILS, BOUNDARY LAYER, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, FLOW FIELDS, HELICOPTER ROTORS, LEVEL FLIGHT, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, OSCILLATION, ROTATION

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE