Design and testing of a low subsonic wind tunnel gust generator

Paul M.G.J. Lancelot, Jurij Sodja, Noud P.M. Werter, Roeland De Breuker
2017 Advances in aircraft and spacecraft science  
This paper summarises the design of a gust generator and the comparison between high fidelity numerical results and experimental results. The gust generator has been designed for a low subsonic wind tunnel in order to perform gust response experiments on wings and assess load alleviation. Special attention has been given to the different design parameters that influence the shape of the gust velocity profile by means of CFD simulations. Design parameters include frequency of actuation, flow
more » ... d, maximum deflection, chord length and gust vane spacing. The numerical results are compared to experimental results obtained using a hot-wire anemometer and using flow visualisation by means of smoke. Discrepancies have been noticed between CFD and flow measurements but trends compare well and the system is fully functional.
doi:10.12989/aas.2017.4.2.125 fatcat:lm33duyunfcchp3tv43bucndfi