California Polytechnic Corporation, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), and DHC Engineering collaborated on a NASA NRA to develop and validate predictive capabilities for the design and performance of Cruise Efficient, Short TakeOff and Landing (CESTOL) subsonic aircraft. In addition, a large scale wind tunnel effort to validate predictive capabilities for aerodynamic performance and noise during takeoff and landing has been undertaken.

The model, Advanced Model for Extreme Lift and Improved Aeroacoustics (AMELIA), was designed as a 100 passenger, N+2 generation, regional, CESTOL airliner with hybrid blended wingbody with circulation control. The model design was focused on fuelsavings and noise goals set out by the NASA N+2 definition. The AMELIA is 1/13 scale with a 10 ft wing span. PatersonLabs was chosen to build AMELIA and The National FullScale Aerodynamic Complex (NFAC) 40 ft by 80 ft wind tunnel was chosen to perform the nine week long large scale wind tunnel test in the summer of 2011.


Aerospace Engineering



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