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.
KeywordsMach Number Transition Data Pressure Coefficient Laminar Boundary Layer Flight Test
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