Published in 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit Proceedings: Orlando, FL, January 4, 2011.
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. The focus of this work presented in this paper gives details of a large scale wind tunnel effort to validate predictive capabilities for this NRA for aerodynamic and acoustic performance during takeoff and landing. 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. AMELIA is a 1/11 scale with a corresponding 10 ft wing span. 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 scheduled to start summer of 2011. The NFAC was chosen because both aerodynamic and acoustic measurements will be obtained simultaneously, the tunnel is large enough that the downwash created by the powered lift will not impinge on the tunnel walls, and the schedule and cost fit into Cal Poly’s time frame and budget. Several experimental measurement techniques will be used to obtain the necessary data to validate predictive codes being developed as apart of this effort: stationary microphones will be used to obtain far-field acoustic measurements including a 48 element phased array, the Fringe-Image Skin Friction (FISF) technique will be used to measure the global skin friction on the wing, and the a micro flow measurement device will measure the velocity profiles in the in the boundary and shear layers is still in development and presented in this paper. 1
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