Accession Number : ADA138379

Title :   On the Stability of Flight Vehicles in the Low Reynolds Number Non-Linear Regime.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS

Personal Author(s) : Covert,E E ; Lee,O W K ; Vaczy,C M

PDF Url : ADA138379

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This report addresses some issues associated with dynamic stability of vehicles flying at speeds such that the flight Reynolds number is of the order of a few hundreds of thousands. In particular the wing loading and speed are such that the flight occurs at relatively high angles of attack. Under these circumstances the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle are likely to be non-linear in nature. Here the nature of the flight itself could be significantly different from that expected under those conditions where the aerodynamic characteristics are linear. As a result of this study the authors conclude that the usefulness of the linearized stability analysis is limited when applied to flight at high lift coefficients at low Reynolds numbers. This study highlights the need for additional reliable data in this Reynolds number range in several forms: (1) Static aerodynamic characteristics; Dynamic stability derivatives measured with small amplitude at a variety of set points; and (3) Some trajectory simulation data using a dynamic, perhaps a magnetic model suspension system, to probe for unexpected, non-linear aerodynamic coupling.

Descriptors :   *Nonlinear analysis, *Aerodynamic stability, *Aerodynamic loading, Wings, High lift, Reynolds number, Flight, Trajectories, Angle of attack, High angles, Equations of motion, Coupling(Interaction), Dynamic response, Aerodynamic characteristics, Coefficients, Derivatives(Mathematics)

Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics
      Fluid Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE