Laser velocimeter measurements of the flow field generated by a forward-swept propfan during flutter

1993 23rd Fluid Dynamics, Plasmadynamics, and Lasers Conference   unpublished
Results are presented from an investigation to measure the flow field generated by a forward-swept propfan operating in flutter at a low forward velocity. For comparison to the flutter condition, flow field data are also presented for a slightly reduced rotational speed just below flutter. The forward-swept propfan was tested as the front rotor of a counterrotating pusher propeller. A laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV) was used to measure the velocity field in planes normal to the model centerline
more » ... he model centerline downstream of the rotor and in planes of constant radius within the blade passages at each operating condition. A comparison of the data taken at the two different operating conditions indicated that the mean, time-averaged flow about the blades did not change drastically as the propfan rotational speed was increased from the stable operating point to the flutter condition. No regions of flow separation could be identified in the data plots of the mean intrablade flow field. The data also indicate that the relative flow about the blades remained subsonic during flutter operation. The blades were found to have a higher than expected tip loading at both operating conditions. This is thought to have been caused by the outer } blade sections twisting under load to higher than expected effective blade angles. This high tip loading resulted in strong vortices and a very nonuniform flow downstream of the tips of the forward-swept blades. This high tip loading may also have caused the blade flutter.
doi:10.2514/6.1993-2919 fatcat:fabafzetx5bpxhbaqpaaotsuiq