Influence of stores on the flow inside UCAV weapon bays

Lawson, S. J. and Barakos, G. N. (2012) Influence of stores on the flow inside UCAV weapon bays. Aeronautical Journal, 116(1176), pp. 199-215.

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Abstract

Detached-eddy simulations for the 1303 UCAV geometry are undertaken aiming to investigate the flow physics of the interaction of a store with the flow inside a UCAV weapons bay. Advanced multi-block topologies had to be used to properly represent the planform of the UCAV and all the details of the weapon bay, including doors and hinges, while sliding meshes were needed to insert the store into the UCAV configuration. Results with an empty bay were encouraging for such complex configurations. Flow visualisation revealed the added turbulent content due to the door leading edges and hinges. The addition of a store in between the doors had little effect close to the front wall of the bay. However averaged flow-fields showed that the proximity of the shear layer to the apex of the store deflected it downwards into the bay and restricted its growth.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barakos, Professor George
Authors: Lawson, S. J., and Barakos, G. N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Journal Name:Aeronautical Journal
Publisher:Royal Aeronautical Society
ISSN:0001-9240

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