Effect of Actuator Spacing on Performance Enhancement of a Vertical Tail Model


The use of synthetic-jet-based active flow control to augment the side force produced by vertical tail models through rudder separation control was experimentally investigated in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Subsonic Wind Tunnel. Increasing the side force generated by the vertical tail may lead to a reduction in tail size and, therefore, less drag and fuel consumption. Stereo particle image velocimetry and aerodynamic load data were acquired with a focus on the effect of non-dimensional spacing between jets on the resulting flowfield and forces for a 1/19th scale model based on a Boeing 767 commercial airplane. For some rudder deflections, differing results with active flow control were found when force data for the 1/19th scale model were compared to force data obtained on a larger, 1/9th scale model. Actuator spacing was varied and individual jet momentum coefficient was held constant for these experiments. These results show the need for more fundamental testing to understand why jets are beneficial or detrimental to the augmented side force and how those effects scale-up. A new model was designed to enable a fundamental study of the effect on the flowfield of various jet and model parameters such as sweep angle, jets spacing, rudder chord extent, and rudder deflection. 

Monastero, M., Rathay, N., and Amitay, M., "Effect of Actuator Spacing on Performance Enhancement of a Vertical Tail Model."

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