Wind tunnel manoeuvre rig: a multi-DOF test platform for model aircraft

Sergio Araujo-Estrada, Zheng Gong, Mark Lowenberg, Simon Neild, Mikhail Goman

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This paper presents recent progress in the development of a novel multi-degree-of-freedom dynamic manoeuvre rig aimed at investigation of aircraft model nonlinear and time dependent aerodynamics in the wind tunnel. The purpose and characteristics of the rig are first described, along with a description of the data acquisition, processing and presentation system. The dynamic manoeuvre rig capabilities are demonstrated via a series of experiments involving a wind tunnel model aircraft in a closed section low-speed wind tunnel. First, an experiment illustrating low-speed wind tunnel aerodynamic model identification is presented. Then, examples of experiments involving real-time control of the rig/aircraft model are shown; these are evaluated in terms of testing productivity with a focus on the development and design of aircraft control laws.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781624103933
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2016
Event54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20168 Jan 2016


Conference54th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego

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