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Model Fly Program, Part I. Theoretical Investigations and Preliminary Design Considerations

Report Number: FDL TDR 64-49 Part 1
Author(s): J. A. Hill, X. A. Gikas, A. G. Fonda, and A. J. Gargani
Corporate Author: Giannini Controls Corporation
Laboratory: AF Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1964-07
Pages: 80
Contract: AF 33(616)-8260
Project: 1469
Task: 146901
AD Number: AD0607037

Abstract:
A status report of the MODEL FLY program is presented. The report presents the results of the preliminary con siderations for development of the MODEL FLY testing technique. The MODEL FLY program objective is to develop a wind tunnel testing technique for simulating the effects of aeroelasticity on the structural loads and stability and control response of full scale vehicles. A dynamic mounting system is to be developed which allows scaled elastic models to perform 'free flight' maneuvers in the wind tunnel. The MODEL FLY development encompasses six technical areas: similitude theory, model construction, mounting system, control theory, instrumentation, and data processing. The problems in each area are discussed and possible methods of solution outlined. The present status of the development is summarized and future direction discussed.

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