1989-04-01

Blade Surface Pressure Measurement on a Pusher Propeller in Flight 891040

Unsteady aerodynamics of a pusher propeller operating in the wake of a pylon is investigated through analysis of flight test data. Twenty-two surface-mounted miniature pressure transducers were installed at the 75 and 90% radius locations on a propeller blade on a test-bed aircraft. Twenty-six different flight conditions were flown to cover the range of speeds, rpm, altitudes, and flap positions encountered by an advanced turboprop general aviation aircraft. Preliminary analysis of the flight test data indicate a strong three-dimensionality to the perturbed flow at the 75 and 90% radii due to pylon wake encounter. Time-history of the pressure transducer waveforms recorded for 700 revolutions exhibit a one-per-cycle wave oscillation on the wake signature. No explanation is found for this behavior yet.

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