Perspectives on rotorcraft aerodynamic modeling for flight dynamics applications

Bruce D. Kothmann, Yi Lu, Erik DeBrun, Joe Horn

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Abstract

This paper summarizes initial results from the integration of the CHARM free-wake module into two nonlinear flight dynamics simulations. It is shown that for flight dynamics applications, the first-principles free-wake model captures all of the known important results of the widely used Pitt-Peters model for the effects of the rotor induced velocity on the rotor itself. Preliminary results also indicate the potential of the free-wake to accurately represent other important effects which are beyond the capability of current flight dynamics models, including interactions of the main rotor wake with the empennage. Fruitful avenues for ongoing development are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages731-740
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jun 22 2004
EventAHS International Decennial Specialists' Conference on Aeromechnics - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 21 2004Jan 23 2004

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OtherAHS International Decennial Specialists' Conference on Aeromechnics
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period1/21/041/23/04

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Kothmann, B. D., Lu, Y., DeBrun, E., & Horn, J. (2004). Perspectives on rotorcraft aerodynamic modeling for flight dynamics applications. 731-740. Paper presented at AHS International Decennial Specialists' Conference on Aeromechnics, San Francisco, CA, United States.