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Design Considerations for a UCAV Wing for Subsonic and Transonic Aeroelastic and Flight Mechanic Wind Tunnel Tests

Krüger, Wolf and Hoffmann, Diethelm (2007) Design Considerations for a UCAV Wing for Subsonic and Transonic Aeroelastic and Flight Mechanic Wind Tunnel Tests. In: Proceedings NATO/RTO-AVT 145 Workshop. NATO/RTO-AVT 145 Workshop, 2007-05-14 - 2007-05-18, Florence, Italy (Europe).

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In the German Aerospace Center, DLR, an internal project has been launched to investigate different UCAV configurations. One aspect, covered by the Institute of Aeroelasticity and the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, is the wind tunnel test of a UCAV wing in subsonic and transonic flow. The model shall show measurable static aeroelastic deformations. Main goals of the tests will be the study of vortex-dominated flow on aeroelastic deformable wings, and the generation of data for the validation of numerical fluid-structure coupling for delta wings at various points of the operational envelope. At the same time, a new active wind tunnel support will be build to include a means of investigation into the flight mechanics of such a configuration. Contrary to many aeroelastic experiments, flutter tests are not part of the test program. The report will give an overview of the design considerations for an aeroelastic UCAV wing model, discussing requirements coming from the validation of numerical simulations, leading to an investigation of various planforms for suitability with respect to the requirements of the project and the selection of sensors for the model. Aspects of safety criteria for operation of aeroelastic models in the wind tunnel will be considered, regarding requirements for flutter models vs. those for static aeroelastic models. The outline of the structural design of an aeroelastic UCAV wing for the analysis of deflections and transient motion is given, along with some words on the role of an active wind tunnel support. As the project has just been launched, the wing model is currently in the concept stage. Final model design is expected to be finished at the end of 2007, the experiments are due to be performed in early 2009.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/50002/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Design Considerations for a UCAV Wing for Subsonic and Transonic Aeroelastic and Flight Mechanic Wind Tunnel Tests
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings NATO/RTO-AVT 145 Workshop
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:aeroelasticity, UCAV, windtunnel model
Event Title:NATO/RTO-AVT 145 Workshop
Event Location:Florence, Italy (Europe)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-05-14 - 2007-05-18
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Flexible Aircraft (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aeroelasticity
Deposited By: Erdmann, Daniela
Deposited On:23 Jul 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:05

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