Simulation of step input in collective pitch for hovering rotor

Woodgate, M. A., Shi, Y., Fitzgibbon, T., Barakos, G. N. and Li, P. (2021) Simulation of step input in collective pitch for hovering rotor. Aerospace Science and Technology, 110, 106425. (doi: 10.1016/j.ast.2020.106425)

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Advanced CFD tools are nowadays used routinely for analysis and design of rotorcraft with the research community shifting towards simulations of rotorcraft during maneuvering flight. One of the impediments of this effort is the lack of data for validation, evaluation and thorough assessment of CFD methods when it comes to rotors with time-varying control inputs. This paper presents a first effort to validate CFD tools for step-inputs in rotor control angles against previously un-published experimental data. The experimental study was carried out at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China and consists of time varying control inputs for a hovering rotor. The agreement between the simulation and experimental study is good and quantify the overshoot in loads for this dynamic case. The results examine the lag in loads response to and the dynamic response of the wake with recommendations on spatial and temporal resolution to capture these effects.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shi, Dr Yongjie and Barakos, Professor George and Woodgate, Dr Mark and Fitzgibbon, Thomas
Authors: Woodgate, M. A., Shi, Y., Fitzgibbon, T., Barakos, G. N., and Li, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Aerospace Science and Technology
ISSN (Online):1626-3219
Published Online:28 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Masson SAS
First Published:First published in Aerospace Science and Technology 110: 106425
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
302201MENtOR: Methods and Experiments for NOvel RotorcraftGeorge BarakosEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/S013814/1ENG - Aerospace Sciences