Accession Number : ADA331987

Title :   Progress and New Techniques in Buffet Alleviation

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 94-Sep 97

Corporate Author : WRIGHT LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH FLIGHT DYNAMICS DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Calarese, Wladimiro ; Turner, Elijah

PDF Url : ADA331987

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : Research for twin-tail buffet alleviation is centered on ground tests, wind tunnel tests, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. The objective of the research is to improve present technology to obtain a significant reduction in vibration due to buffet. One of the techniques for active control of buffet is the use of smart structures with piezoelectric actuators. The actuators are embedded in the vertical tails in the most advantageous locations to reduce the response of the various structural modes of vibration due to buffet excitation. Ground and wind tunnel tests are necessary to ascertain the piezoelectric actuator's authority at full loads. It is also necessary to evaluate the increase in weight compared with the increase in damping. The results using two different types of piezoelectric actuators are encouraging. In-house wind tunnel tests on a 4.7% scale model of an F-15C aircraft were also conducted to ascertain the effects of tangential blowing and piezoelectric actuators. The tests were performed in the SARL (Subsonic Aerodynamics Research Laboratory) wind tunnel. Tangential blowing had some effect at lower angles of attack. A numerical investigation was conducted simultaneously. This report presents an overview of the buffet research at various organizations, results of the in-house wind tunnel test, and a summary of the computational effort.

Descriptors :   *AERODYNAMIC STABILITY, *BUFFETING, *WIND TUNNEL TESTS, VIBRATION, TAIL ASSEMBLIES, DAMPING, COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, ANGLE OF ATTACK, JET FIGHTERS, SUBSONIC CHARACTERISTICS, ACTUATORS, AIRCRAFT MODELS, SUBSONIC WIND TUNNELS, PIEZOELECTRIC GAGES.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE