Aerodynamic Interference Issues in Aircraft Directional Control

This work investigates the aerodynamic interference among airplane components caused by rudder deflection for a typical turboprop aircraft geometry through the computational fluid dynamics technique. At no sideslip, an airplane is in symmetric flight conditions. The rudder deflection creates a local sideslip angle close to the vertical tailplane, and this effect is increased by fuselage and horizontal tail. Typical semiempirical methods, such as United States Air Force Stability and Control Data Compendium (USAF DATCOM), do not take into account for these effects, proposing the same corrective parameters both for pure sideslip and rudder deflection conditions. Numerical analyses executed on several aircraft configurations with different wing and horizontal tailplane positions show that the interference factors are smaller than those predicted by the USAF DATCOM procedure, providing guidelines for a more accurate aircraft directional control analysis and hence rudder preliminary design.


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  • Accession Number: 01528988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2014 3:00PM