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Videometric applications in wind tunnels
Author(s): Alpheus W. Burner; Ron H. Radeztsky; Tianshu Liu
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Paper Abstract

Videometric measurements in wind tunnels can be very challenging due to the limited optical access, model dynamics, optical path variability during testing, large range of temperature and pressure, hostile environment, and the requirements for high productivity and large amounts of data on a daily basis. Other complications for wind tunnel testing include the model support mechanism and stringent surface finish requirements for the models in order to maintain aerodynamic fidelity. For these reasons nontraditional photogrammetric techniques and procedures sometimes must be employed. In this paper several such applications are discussed for wind tunnels which include test conditions with Mach numbers from low speed to hypersonic, pressures from less than an atmosphere to nearly seven atmospheres, and temperatures from cryogenic to above room temperature. Several of the wind tunnel facilities are continuous flow while one is a short duration blow-down facility. Videometric techniques and calibration procedures developed to measure angle of attack, the change in wing twist and bending induced by aerodynamic load, and the effects of varying model injection rates are described. Some advantages and disadvantages of these techniques are given and comparisons are made with non-optical and more traditional video photogrammetric techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 1997
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3174, Videometrics V, (7 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279785
Show Author Affiliations
Alpheus W. Burner, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Ron H. Radeztsky, High Technology Corp. (United States)
Tianshu Liu, High Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3174:
Videometrics V
Sabry F. El-Hakim, Editor(s)

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