Test evidence for the existence of a rotor aerodynamic state is discovered

Saturday, January 31, 1981



The tests by Bousman provided evidence that air responds to the motion of the rotor as a a whole, which is described well by simple dynamic inflow models for a rotor. This provided confidence in the use of dynamic inflow models for rotor response modelling.

Bousman, W. G.: An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Aeroelastic Couplings on Aeromechanical Stability of a Hingeless Rotor Helicopter. Journal of the American Helicopter Society, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 1981, pp. 46–54

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Source: Johnson W., "Milestones in Rotorcraft Aeromechanics", NASA/TP-2011-25971, May 2011, Page TBA


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