CFD Analysis of a Micro-Rotor In Ground Effect

Rovere, F., Steijl, R. and Barakos, G.N. (2020) CFD Analysis of a Micro-Rotor In Ground Effect. In: 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, FL, USA, 06-10 Jan 2020, AIAA 2020-1793. ISBN 9781624105951 (doi: 10.2514/6.2020-1793)

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In this work computational fluid dynamics is validated using experimental results for a model rotor In Ground Effect. The paper concentrates on the evaluation and prediction of the performance of the rotors and on the outwash generated In Ground Effect. Finally, safety considerations in terms of outflow forces and particles in the flow field are presented, comparing the results with other safety, distance based criteria. Using data of three different aircraft, scaling factors have been used to take into account the different size of the small-rotor studied and real case scenarios. The results show how heavier helicopters may generate the most dangerous situations, in terms of induced forces and presence of particles in a delimited area.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sktodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721920
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rovere, Mr Federico and Barakos, Professor George and Steijl, Dr Rene
Authors: Rovere, F., Steijl, R., and Barakos, G.N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
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