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Aerodynamic Effects and Modeling of Damage to Transport AircraftA wind tunnel investigation was conducted to measure the aerodynamic effects of damage to lifting and stability/control surfaces of a commercial transport aircraft configuration. The modeling of such effects is necessary for the development of flight control systems to recover aircraft from adverse, damage-related loss-of-control events, as well as for the estimation of aerodynamic characteristics from flight data under such conditions. Damage in the form of partial or total loss of area was applied to the wing, horizontal tail, and vertical tail. Aerodynamic stability and control implications of damage to each surface are presented, to aid in the identification of potential boundaries in recoverable stability or control degradation. The aerodynamic modeling issues raised by the wind tunnel results are discussed, particularly the additional modeling requirements necessitated by asymmetries due to damage, and the potential benefits of such expanded modeling.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Shah, Gautam H.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
August 18, 2008
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference
Location: Honolulu, HI
Country: United States
Start Date: August 18, 2008
End Date: August 21, 2008
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 457280.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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