Laser transit anemometer measurements on a slender cone in the Langley unitary plan wind tunnel
- Hunter, William W., Jr.
- Dec 1, 1990.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Nichols, Cecil E., Jr., Covell, Peter F., and Humphreys, William M., Jr.
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available. and Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- A laser transit anemometer (LTA) system was used to probe the boundary layer on a slender (5 degree half angle) cone model in the Langley unitary plan wind tunnel. The anemometer system utilized a pair of laser beams with a diameter of 40 micrometers spaced 1230 micrometers apart to measure the transit times of ensembles of seeding particles using a cross-correlation technique. From these measurements, boundary layer profiles around the model were constructed and compared with CFD calculations. The measured boundary layer profiles representing the boundary layer velocity normalized to the edge velocity as a function of height above the model surface were collected with the model at zero angle of attack for four different flow conditions, and were collected in a vertical plane that bisected the model's longitudinal center line at a location 635 mm from the tip of the forebody cone. The results indicate an excellent ability of the LTA system to make velocity measurements deep into the boundary layer. However, because of disturbances in the flow field caused by onboard seeding, premature transition occurred implying that upstream seeding is mandatory if model flow field integrity is to be maintained. A description and results of the flow field surveys are presented.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19910006208., Accession ID: 91N15521., NASA-TM-102775., and NAS 1.15:102775.
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