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A numerical analysis of the British Experimental Rotor Program bladeTwo Computational Fluid Dynamic codes which solve the compressible full-potential and the Reynolds-Averaged Thin-Layer Navier-Stokes equations were used to analyze the nonrotating aerodynamic characteristics of the British Experimental Rotor Program (BERP) helicopter blade at three flow regimes: low angle of attack, high angle of attack and transonic. Excellent agreement was found between the numerical results and experiment. In the low angle of attack regime, the BERP had less induced drag than a comparable aspect ratio rectangular planform wing. At high angle of attack, the blade attained high-lift by maintaining attached flow at the outermost spanwise locations. In the transonic regime, the BERP design reduces the shock strength at the outer spanwise locations which affects wave drag and shock-induced separation. Overall, the BERP blade exhibited many favorable aerodynamic characteristics in comparison to conventional helicopter rotor blades.
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Conference Paper
Duque, Earl P. N.
(NASA Ames Research Center; U.S. Army, Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, Moffett Field CA, United States)
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August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
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AHS Annual Forum(Boston, MA)
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