Novel and Inexpensive Method of Performing Dynamic Wind Tunnel Model Testing 951988
An investigation was performed to evaluate a novel and inexpensive wind tunnel model mount for dynamic aerodynamic testing. A computer analysis code was developed to identify the dimensions of the control surface needed to produce a desired pitching motion for a delta wing. The code was then used to design and build a dynamic model apparatus that was evaluated in a low speed wind tunnel at Wichita State University. The dynamic model mount and control were evaluated for a variety of motions, including constant pitch rate ramps, constant frequency oscillations and impulse or step inputs. Results from the ramp and oscillation test indicated the system is very responsive and capable of a wide range of motion.