Experimental study of splitter plates for use with semispan wing models

Jeff M. Diebold, Brian S. Woodard, Marianne C. Monastero, Michael B. Bragg

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Abstract

Splitter plates are commonly used to minimize the influence of the wind tunnel floor boundary layer when testing a semispan wing. Little information about the flow over a splitter plate exists in the literature. This paper discusses two separate experiments designed to study the effects of several variables on the flow over a splitter plate to obtain guidelines for the design of splitter plates. The first experiment investigated the effects of the streamwise length and profile of the splitter plate leading edge. Significant separated flow was observed on the leading edge of the splitter plate, and the size of this separated region was seen to grow as the length of the leading edge section of the splitter plate was reduced. The separation effects were reduced through the use of a streamlined leading edge profile. The second experiment investigated the effects of the tunnel floor boundary layer thickness on the flow over the splitter plate. A boundary layer suction/blowing system was developed that could significantly alter the empty tunnel floor boundary layer. Boundary layer measurements on the splitter plate showed the flow on the splitter was relatively insensitive to the tunnel floor boundary layer justifying the use of such a device. This paper also discusses the influence of the geometry of the shroud beneath the plate and the angle of attack of the shroud. Several guidelines are given regarding the design of splitter plates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103438
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2015 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2015Jan 9 2015

Publication series

Name53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting

Other

Other53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKissimmee
Period1/5/151/9/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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