Correlation of Boundary Layer Stability Analysis with Flight Transition Data
Recently, the NASA completed a boundary-layer transition flight test on an F-14 aircraft which has variable sweep capability. Transition data were acquired for a wide variety of sweep angles, pressure distributions, Mach numbers, and Reynolds numbers. In this paper, the F-14 flight test is briefly described and N-factor correlations with measured transition locations are presented for one of two gloves flown on the F-14 wing in the flight program; a thin foam and fiberglass glove which provided a smooth sailplane finish on the basic F-14, modified NACA 6-series airfoil. For these correlations, an improved linear boundary-layer stability theory was utilized that accounts for compressibility and surface and streamline curvature effects for the flow past swept wings.
KeywordsVortex Foam Polyurethane Compressibility Fiberglass
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