Preliminary Results of Some Experiments with a Vortex Augmented Wing 720321

A wind tunnel investigation was made of a new high-lift system consisting of a leading edge cusp flap combined with split upper and lower trailing edge flaps. The idea behind the system was to generate two strong spanwise vortices that would increase maximum lift and drag simultaneously. Test results were not encouraging. The spanwise vortices were observed, but were not sufficiently strong to generate the anticipated high lift. Several interesting flow phenomena were observed and are described. The purpose of this paper is to present a summary of results obtained from this wind tunnel test program.


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