Expanding the Role of the Wind-Driven Manipulator

N. M. Komerath, R. G. Ames, J. C. Magill
1997 SAE Technical Paper Series   unpublished
The wind-driven dynamic manipulator is a device which uses the wind tunnel freestream energy to drive multiaxis maneuvers of test models. This paper summarizes work performed using the device in several applications and discusses current work on characterizing the aerodynamics of an X-38 vehicle model in pitch-yaw maneuvers. Previous applications in flow visualization, adaptive control and lineardomain parameter identification are now extended to multiaxis inverse force and moment measurement
more » ... oment measurement over large ranges of attitude. A pitch-yaw-roll version is operated with active roll to measure forces and moments during maneuvers. A 3-D look-up table generated from direct force calibration allows operation of the manipulator through nonlinear regimes where control wing stall and boom wake-wing interactions are allowed to occur. Hybrid designs combining conventional and wind-driven degrees of freedom are discussed.
doi:10.4271/975589 fatcat:vba7dxbw7vdhzezpmyfdjnlxw4