The Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Investigation of Stall Onset on Tilt-Rotor Blades

Woodgate, M. A., Fitzgibbon, T. A. and Barakos, G. (2021) The Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Investigation of Stall Onset on Tilt-Rotor Blades. In: 2021 AIAA AVIATION Forum, 2-6 Aug 2021, (doi: 10.2514/6.2021-2596)

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An experimental setup has been designed to example the effect of tilt-rotor blade stall flutter. The blade has to be designed so that it does not exceed the maximum permissible load on the rotor rig to be employed for wind tunnel tests, while maximising the blade loading to allow for the blade to be excited. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been used to design a set of blades to meet the requirements of an experimental rotor rig. After completion of the blade design the placement of the strain gauges for the experimental blade was achieved through the use of a three dimensional structural model. The modes of the blade were examined to allow placement of the strain gauges in regions of large expected strains.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This work is funded by MENtOR (EP/S013814/1). The work also used the Research Computing for the West of Scotland service ARCHIE-WeSt ( the Cirrus UK National Tier-2 HPC Service at EPCC ( under project ec004 and the ARCHER2 UK National Supercomputing Service ( under project e613
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Woodgate, Dr Mark and Fitzgibbon, Thomas and Barakos, Professor George
Authors: Woodgate, M. A., Fitzgibbon, T. A., and Barakos, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2021 AIAA AVIATION Forum
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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