Accession Number : ADP004157

Title :   Simultaneous Flow Visualization and Unsteady Lift Measurement on an Oscillating Lifting Surface,


Personal Author(s) : Bass,R. L. ; Johnson,J. E. ; Unruh,J. F.

Report Date : 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Boundary layer and trailing edge flow activities were recorded using hydrogen bubble flow visualization techniques on an oscillating lifting surface in a two-dimensional water tunnel. Simultaneous with flow documentation, unsteady lift was measured over a range of reduced frequencies from 0.5 to 10. Unsteady loads using classical, inviscid theories were predicted for the experimental conditions investigated. Reduced frequency bands exhibiting poor agreement between experiment and theory were identified and a correlation to observed flow phenomena was accomplished. The results support the use of a separate viscous model near the trailing edge coupled with an inviscid flow field model to predict unsteady loads. The results further show that for certain reduced frequency bands, classical inviscid solutions may be applicable and adequate.

Descriptors :   *Lifting surfaces, *Flow visualization, *Trailing edges, Oscillation, Bubbles, Hydrogen, Lift, Pressure measurement, Boundary layer flow, Mathematical models, Flow fields, Inviscid flow, Mathematical prediction, Load distribution, Frequency bands

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE