Scaling wake-particle interactions for aerial applications research

Alien I. Ormsbee, Michael B. Bragg, Mark D. Maughmer, Frank L. Jordan

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The differential equation for the trajectory of a spherical particle injected into an aircraft wake was developed and the proper scaling relations extracted. After some simplification, a convenient set of similarity parameters was established. Using these similarity parameters a scale-model test program was designed and performed in the NASA Langley Vortex Research Facility. The results of the tests demonstrated the validity of the similarity parameters in conducting scale-model testing for aerial applications research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-596
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Aircraft
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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