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Measurement of hinge moments and model deformations in wind tunnels by means of Moire interferometry
Author(s): Peter Helmut Baumann; K. A. Butefisch
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Paper Abstract

A nonintrusive Moire interferometry system has been designed to acquire the instantaneous deformation of models during wind tunnel testing. The resulting interferograms are evaluated without manual intervention using a technique based on the Fourier Transform. The deformation of a large- scale model wing (generic model of a transport aircraft with a full span of 3.40 m) has been measured in the 8 m X 6 m test section of the subsonic Deutsch-Niederlandischer-Windkanal (DNW). At 400 individual locations along the span, the bending and twist deformations of the wing have been measured with an average accuracy of +/- 0.1 mm and +/- 0.03 degree(s), respectively. In a second experiment, the bending angle of a flap of a hypersonic vehicle was measured in order to determine the hinge moment due to aerodynamic loads. The experiment was carried out in the transonic wind tunnel Gottingen (TWG). To obtain data for comparison, the hinges were equipped with strain gauges. The results of both techniques show a maximum deviation of 0.02 degree(s).

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1995
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2546, Optical Techniques in Fluid, Thermal, and Combustion Flow, (29 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221532
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Helmut Baumann, DLR (Germany)
K. A. Butefisch, DLR (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2546:
Optical Techniques in Fluid, Thermal, and Combustion Flow
Soyoung Stephen Cha; James D. Trolinger, Editor(s)

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