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Effect of diamond shaped strut with cylindrical pitch rod in subsonic wind tunnel testing

UlHaque, Anwar and Asrar, Waqar and Omar, Ashraf Ali and Sulaeman, Erwin (2017) Effect of diamond shaped strut with cylindrical pitch rod in subsonic wind tunnel testing. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 99. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0263-2241 E-ISSN 1536-6359

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Wind Tunnel measurements are conducted using scaled down models of aerospace as well as automotive systems. These models are attached to supporting struts. The forces on the support system are taken into account to obtain the corrected aerodynamic data. Most of the struts used in testing are cylindrical in shape with a pitch rod for the alpha mechanism. These model attachments introduce additional forces and moments due to their size and frontal area. A diamond shaped strut is one of the proposed solutions with other benefits of reduced contribution towards the lift due to its tapered profile. This paper describes the effect of support interference due to the two different strut types. First, the entire cylindrical strut was shrouded by a streamlined metal fairing and its influence on the actual force and moments were measured through a series of blow downs in the IIUM low speed wind tunnel at different velocities and side slip angles. Later, the tests were conducted for the diamond shaped strut with a pitch rod mounted on the turntable at a certain distance from the central diamond shaped strut. Lastly the cylindrical strut was installed without the fairing. In comparison with the cylindrical strut (with or without fairing), the diamond shaped strut was found to have smaller lift. The developed databank for different struts will be beneficial for the future design of experiments in wind tunnels of similar dimensions. Such support systems not only contribute towards drag but also to the lift as well as side force.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4277/53619
Uncontrolled Keywords: Subsonic wind tunnel; Cylindrical strut; Diamond shaped strut; Fairing; Pitch rod; Low speed
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL500 Aeronautics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Waqar Asrar
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 16:03
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/53619

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