Published in 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit Proceedings: Orlando, FL, January 4, 2011.
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A collaboration between California Polytechnic Corporation with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and DHC Engineering worked on a NASA NRA to develop predictive capabilities for the design and performance of Cruise Efficient, Short Take-Off and Landing (CESTOL) subsonic aircraft. In addition, a large scale wind tunnel effort to validate these predictive capabilities for this NRA for aerodynamic and acoustic performance 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, cruise efficient short takeoff and land (CESTOL) airliner with hybrid blended wing-body with circulation control and upper surface blowing. The model design was focused on fuel-savings and noise goals set out by the NASA N+2 definition. The AMELIA has a 10 ft wing span. PatersonLabs was chosen to build AMELIA. The National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex (NFAC) 40 ft by 80 ft wind tunnel was chosen to perform the large-scale wind tunnel test in the summer of 2011.