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Validation of a numerical simulation tool for aircraft formation flight
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Fluid and Mechatronic Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 4:th CEAS Conference in Linköping 2013 / [ed] Tomas Melin, Petter Krus, Emil Vinterhav, Knut Övrebö, 2013, 623-629 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The use of formation flight for increased fuel efficiency has received a lot of attention in the last couple of years.This paper covers a numerical simulation of a NASA test flight utilizing a formation of two F18A Hornet aircraft. The numerical simulation was made using an adapted version of the vortex lattice method TORNADO, allowing for several aircraft to be simulated in a trimmed condition. The numerical results showed good agreement with the flight test data. Some discrepancies due to the numerical model not covering viscous diffusion was found as expected but not quantified or analyzed.

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2013. 623-629 p.
Keyword [en]
Formation flight, drag reduction, panel methods
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Aerospace Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106570ISBN: 978-91-7519-519-3OAI: diva2:716710
CEAS 2013 Air and Space Conference, 16-19 September 2013, Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2014-05-12 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2014-06-16Bibliographically approved

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