CFD Analysis of Helicopter Wakes in Ground Effect

Cavallo, S., Ducci, G., Steil, R. and Barakos, G.N. (2018) CFD Analysis of Helicopter Wakes in Ground Effect. In: 44th European Rotorcraft Forum, Delft, The Netherlands, 18-20 Sep 2018,

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The paper presents CFD results for the wake of a helicopter flying a low altitude at different advance ratios. The wakes are assessed in terms of topology and velocity magnitudes. The structure of the wake near ground changes rapidly with the advance ratio and its decay appears to be faster than what is suggested by theoretical analyses. The results show clear the potential of modern CFD for use in helicopter safety and highlights the need for detailed surveys of helicopter wakes using full-scale physical experiments.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barakos, Professor George and Ducci, Mr Gianmarco and Cavallo, Mr Stefano
Authors: Cavallo, S., Ducci, G., Steil, R., and Barakos, G.N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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