Characteristics of surface roughness associated with leading edge ice accretion

Jaiwon Shin
1994 32nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit   unpublished
Detailed size measurements of surface roughness associated with leading edge ice accretions are presented to provide information on characteristics of roughness and trends of roughness development with various icing parameters. Data was obtained from icing tests conducted in the Icing Research Tunnel (IRT) at NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC) using a NACA 0012 airfoil. Measurements include diameters, heights, and spacing of roughness elements along with chordwise icing limits. Results confirm
more » ... e existence of smooth and rough ice zones and that the boundary between the two zones (surface roughness transition region) moves upstream towards stagnation region with time. The height of roughness grows as the air temperature and the liquid water content increase, however the airspeed has little effect on the roughness height. Results also show that the roughness in the surface roughness transition region grows during a very early stage of accretion but reaches a critical height and then remains fairly constant. Results also indicate that a uniformly distributed roughness model is only valid at a very initial stage of the ice accretion process. Nomenclature k measured roughness height, mm k, critical roughness height inducing a boundary layer transition, mm ks sand grain roughness height, mm distance along the surface, mm accretion time, minute V" airspeed, m/s
doi:10.2514/6.1994-799 fatcat:qyv6lc3p2re6npg5bx4mf6abta