Freestream velocity measurements and corrections for two-dimensional testing with splitter plates

Philippe Giguère, Michael S. Selig

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In this study, the velocity correction method for two-dimensional wind tunnel testing is expanded for the case of testing airfoils between splitter plates. Despite the common use of splitter plates, the peculiar effects of this testing arrangement on the velocity correction are not well documented. The use of splitter plates in the test section has several advantages, but there are unfortunate consequences (such as spillage, entrainment and blockage to varying degrees) which require that the freestream velocity be measured directly between the splitter plates with the airfoil in the test section. In this case, the standard velocity correction for wall interference is not sufficient. An additional correction must be made to account for the change in velocity ahead of the airfoil model caused by the circulation about the airfoil. The results reveal that failing to correct for the circulation effect can yield significant errors in the aerodynamic coefficients. The proposed velocity correction provides results that are in agreement with other wind tunnel facilities and can be readily implemented in the data acquisition and reduction process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th Applied Aerodynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781563472121
StatePublished - 1996
Event14th Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 1996 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jun 17 1996Jun 20 1996

Publication series

Name14th Applied Aerodynamics Conference


Other14th Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 1996
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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