Improvement in Performance of Aerotrain by Controlling Side-Wing/Wing Interaction

Hideo Watanabe, Fukuo Ohta, Satoshi Kikuchi, Yasuaki Kohama

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Aerotrain is a new type vehicle under development by us, which applies a wing-in-ground effect. It has vertical side wings at the tips of main wings arranged in tandem to regulate automatically its lateral position in a guide way by the wing-in-ground effect between the side wing and the side wall. This study is performed to improve the performance of Aerotrain by controlling side-wing/wing interaction. Attaching a fillet in the sharp corner of the side-wing/wing combination model, we can considerably improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2230-2236
Number of pages7
JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number686
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerotrain
  • Airfoil
  • Drag
  • Ground Effect
  • Lift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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