The development of a capability for aerodynamic testing of large-scale wing sections in a simulated natural rain environmentA research technique to obtain large-scale aerodynamic data in a simulated natural rain environment has been developed. A 10-ft chord NACA 64-210 wing section wing section equipped with leading-edge and trailing-edge high-lift devices was tested as part of a program to determine the effect of highly-concentrated, short-duration rainfall on airplane performance. Preliminary dry aerodynamic data are presented for the high-lift configuration at a velocity of 100 knots and an angle of attack of 18 deg. Also, data are presented on rainfield uniformity and rainfall concentration intensity levels obtained during the calibration of the rain simulation system.
Bezos, Gaudy M. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Cambell, Bryan A. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Melson, W. Edward (NASA Wallops Flight Center Wallops Island, VA, United States)