publication . Doctoral thesis . 2016

Understanding and Exploiting Wind Tunnels with Porous Flexible Walls for Aerodynamic Measurement

Brown, Kenneth Alexander;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Nov 2016
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
The aerodynamic behavior of wind tunnels with porous, flexible walls formed from tensioned Kevlar has been characterized and new measurement techniques in such wind tunnels explored. The objective is to bring the aerodynamic capabilities of so-called Kevlar-wall test sections in-line with those of traditional solid-wall test sections. The primary facility used for this purpose is the 1.85-m by 1.85-m Stability Wind Tunnel at Virginia Tech, and supporting data is provided by the 2-m by 2-m Low Speed Wind Tunnel at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, both of which employ Kevlar-wall test sections that can be replaced by solid-wall test sections. The behavio...
free text keywords: wind tunnel, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, Kevlar-wall, wall interference, panel method, porosity, inverse problem, digital image correlation, membrane mechanics
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