Wind tunnel and free-flight testing of active flow control for modified NACA 643-618 airfoil

James V. Dianics, Michael A. Balthazar, Andreas Gross, Hermann F. Fasel

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A wing glove for active flow control free-fiight experiments using a one-fifth dynamically scaled Aeromot 200S Super Ximango motor glider was developed. The wing glove has a modified NACA 643-618 airfoil and is instrumented with off-the-shelf pressure transducers and amplitude-modulated synthetic jet actuators. Before the flight-testing was commenced the wing glove and the instrumentation were tested in two open return low-speed wind tunnels. Due to the low-aspect ratio of the glove, particular attention was paid to the two-dimensionality of the flow field over the wing glove. Several flight experiments were carried out and free-flight data with and without actuation were recorded. Unexpected challenges that were encountered during the flight-testing are discussed and an analysis of the wall pressure data in the frequency domain is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2013
Event31st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2013Jun 27 2013


Other31st AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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