Circulation Control is a high-lift method discovered in 1935 when Henry Coanda accidentally stumbled upon the technology. Research was conducted in the 1970‘s and 1980‘s to develop this technique, but the idea fell out of vogue until recently. Energy is introduced into the flow field by means of a jet ejected tangentially from a slot located near the trailing edge of the airfoil; thus changing the effective chamber of the airfoil and increasing lift. Extreme Short Take-Off and Landing (ESTOL) vehicles can use this technology to alleviate today‘s congested airports by reutilizing the small runways that are currently unexploited due to the recent trend of bigger aircraft. By examining the angle-of-attack, flap deflection angle, and jet blowing coefficient, a design space was analyzed for lift and drag revealing three-dimensional lift coefficients up to 3.5. After collecting the data, balanced field length and landing distances were calculated. These results revealed that the shortest balanced field length of 2,400 feet would be for a flap deflection angle of thirty degrees and a blowing coefficient equal to 0.35. Similarly, the shortest landing distance was calculated to be 2,000 feet for a flap deflection angle of ninety degrees and a blowing coefficient of 0.34. Both of these values fall within the NASA defined mission requirements46 for an ESTOL aircraft to have a balanced field length and landing distance between 2,000 to 3,000 feet, proving Circulation Control to be an extremely viable resource for ESTOL technology.


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