A rolling rig for propeller performance testing

Or D. Dantsker, Michael S Selig, Renato Mancuso

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

A rolling rig for propeller performance testing was developed. The rolling rig presented was used for performance testing of a Mejzlik 27 × 12 TH propeller, which is used on the UIUC Aero Testbed and the UIUC Subscale Sukhoi unmanned research aircraft. The performance parameters measured for the propeller will be used in the future to aid in the calculation of the aerodynamic coefficients of these aircraft. The rolling rig was instrumented to measure flow speed, propeller rotation rate, thrust, torque, air temperature, and air pressure, in order to find the thrust and torque vs. rotation rate curves as well the thrust coefficient, power coefficient, efficiency curves for the propeller. The rig, which is mounted onto a vehicle, was designed and fabricated to be portable such that it is assembled of three sub-assemblies: a platform, a shrouded vertical beam, and a testing apparatus. The rolling rig underwent extensive initial testing including simulated thrust and torque calibration, thermal imaging, and flow visualization. Results for the propeller from experiments performed at flow speeds of 0–60 mph are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication35th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 2017
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105012
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event35th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2017Jun 9 2017

Publication series

Name35th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 2017

Other

Other35th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 2017
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period6/5/176/9/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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