Measurement of aerofoil characteristics by method of towing model

Masanori Kikuchi, Kimitaka Hirano, Toshio Yuge, Keisuke Iseri, Yasuaki Kohama

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    Recently a new transport system "Aerotrain" has been proposed, and test using the first and second stage models are conducted in a 3 km guide way of old MAGLEV test facility in Miyazaki prefecture. "Aerotrain" has wings, and flies close to the ground of an open channel to take advantage of the ground effect. Characteristics of wing in ground effect (WIG) have been investigated using conventional wind tunnels. But this type of experiment cannot estimate the ground effect correctly because of the existence of boundary layer developed between bottom of the wings and the ground surface. Therefore, it is necessary to experiment using a towing wind tunnel to clarify characteristics of wing in the real ground effect. The aerodynamic charactersistis of two kinds of aerofoil sections: NACA 4412 and circular arc aerofoil were clarified by the experriment towing the aerofoils in 3 km guide way of MAGLEV test facility. In addition, we examined problems to utilize the guide way of old MAGLEV as a towing wind tunnel.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3378-3385
    Number of pages8
    JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
    Issue number676
    Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec


    • New Traffic System
    • Ram Pressure
    • Towing Wind Tunnel
    • Wing in Ground Effect

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanical Engineering


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