Rotor-Obstacle Aerodynamic Interaction in Hovering Flight: An Experimental Survey

Zagaglia, D. , Giuni, M. and Green, R. B. (2016) Rotor-Obstacle Aerodynamic Interaction in Hovering Flight: An Experimental Survey. In: AHS 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display, West Palm Beach, FL, USA, 17-19 May 2016,

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Despite the presence of a fair number of numerical and experimental works on the rotor-obstacle interaction, a systematic study of the aerodynamic phenomena involved is lacking. In this paper a comprehensive experimental survey carried out at University of Glasgow is described, taking advantage of two different rotor rigs and several experimental techniques. Load measurements on the rotor were carried out in order to assess the rotor performance for different positions with respect to a cubic obstacle, thus simulating a set of possible hovering flight conditions around the obstacle. Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) measurements of the rotor inflow were used in order to investigate how the aerodynamic interaction affected the rotor performance. Eventually Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (SPIV) measurements in the region between the rotor and the obstacle were carried out in order to have a better insight of the interacting flow field.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Green, Dr Richard and Giuni, Dr Michea and Zagaglia, Dr Daniele
Authors: Zagaglia, D., Giuni, M., and Green, R. B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 American Helicopter Society
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
647261National Wind Tunnel FacilityFrank CotonEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L024888/1VP (ACADEMIC AND EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION)