. Steady Flow Past a Jet-Flapped Wing of Finite Span

If perturbations in the flow are small, we can apply the linear theory to obtain some useful practical results. Linearization admits separate investigation of the effects of angle of pitch, curvature, and the jet flap. Therefore, when considering the flow problem for a flat wing with a jet flap, it is sufficient to treat a flat jet-flapped plate at zero incidence. Within the approximation of very small ground clearances, the flow problem is described by relationships derived from the general formulas of the theory developed in section 2. The equation is

Qx2 Qz2 = Z) ^ (6.100)

The boundary conditions are

(f = 0 at the leading and side edges (6.101)

Подпись: dcpi dx Подпись: ад 2ft Подпись: at the trailing edge. Подпись: (6.102)


Подпись: У] = 1 - T

Подпись: (6.103)
Подпись: xh — 0-

It follows from the more general nonlinear jet description that for small per­turbations, the equation of the jet becomes

The jet becomes horizontal far from the trailing edge, and its ordinate far downstream is given by

a. = x = 1^ = 1-T’V% (6104)

It follows from expressions (6.105) and (6.106) that within the small pertur­bation theory, the form of the jet behind the trailing edge is exponential. The jet becomes horizontal at distances of the order of О(y/h) from the point of blowing. Note that due to the dependence of r and on the spanwise coordinate the magnitude of y]oo also depends on z. We consider a partic­ular case of a rectangular wing of aspect ratio Л with a jet flap in the extreme ground effect. We let the jet have an arbitrary spanwise distribu­tion of the momentum coefficient C^(z) and jet blowing angle r{z). Note that we can rather speak about a given spanwise distribution of the quan­tity (z) = t(z) yJC^{z)/2h = KjQJCj(z). The solution of the lowest order

CI*(Z)T(Z) dz-

Подпись: (6.112)

Note that these formulas do not include the reactive vertical and horizontal components of the force due to the jet momentum. For example, the reactive component of the lift coefficient can be calculated by using the formula

When considering the horizontal projection of the balance of forces acting upon the wing, we have to account for the reactive thrust of the jet. Within the frame of linear theory, the latter is equal to the coefficient Cj of the total jet momentum. In the particular case of uniform distribution of the jet momentum and the jet blowing angle = Cj = const., r(z) = r = const., the formulas (6.108)—(6.111) yield

16 fcj" ^ tanh qn

,3 .

n=0 ™


16 / Cj tanh qn tanh(gn/2) A2rV2ft^ Q4 ’


4r2Cj ^ tanh2 <?„ X1 ~ A2 ^ ql ’



4r2Cj 1 s A* ^0^cosh2gn-


For not very large aspect ratios, one can truncate the series to one term, that

16A2 [а 7Г 7Г

mz ~——— t-т — tanh — tanh —,

7Г4 V 2h A 2A

4т2Сі 2 ^ ^TT4 ^,2 Cr. = 7Г1 tanh2 – = ^гттгС2,



Подпись:Подпись: Cs =7Г2 cosh(7r/A) ’

Подпись: CXi= 0, Cs = -r2Cj. Подпись: (6.123)

An important conclusion about the approximate equality of effective aspect ratios for a wing with and without a jet flap follows immediately from com­parison of expressions (6.121) and (3.70). It means that the influence of the relative ground clearance on the effective aspect ratio is the same no matter how the lift is generated, by a jet flap at zero angle of pitch or by the angle of pitch without jet flap. Passing to the limit A -» oo in (6.114)—(6.117), one obtains corresponding results for two-dimensional extreme ground effect:

Подпись: = 2T Подпись: Cs = 0. (6.124)

For a wing of small aspect ratio A -» 0,

Consideration of the expressions (6.114)—(6.117) shows that the aerodynamic coefficients Cy, mz, CXi/h, and Cs/h depend on the aspect ratio A and the parameter

Подпись: (6.125)/cl

^ = T V 2h’

whereas the quantities Cyjк^тг/K^Cx. Jh^ and Cs/hn? depend only on the aspect ratio of the wing. Thus, for a wing of given aspect ratio it is suffi­cient, once and for all, to calculate the quantities Су/к^ тг/к, СХі/Нк? and Cs/hK?. Based on the data calculated in this way, it is easy to determine the aerodynamic characteristics, corresponding to different magnitudes of the jet momentum coefficient Cj and the relative ground clearance h. The parameter can be viewed as a similarity parameter that characterizes the aero­dynamics of the wing with a jet flap in the extreme ground effect. Figure 6.11 illustrates the influence of the aspect ratio of a jet-flapped rectangular wing in the extreme ground effect upon the lift coefficient, related to the similar­ity parameter ftj.[30] The calculation was performed by using formula (6.114) with ten terms retained in the series, which converges very quickly. In the same figure there are plotted corresponding results for a wing of semielliptic planform; see Kida and Miyai [50].


Подпись: 7TZ Подпись: (6.126)

We let the jet momentum coefficient distribution vary as

which is identical to the variation of the velocity of blowing along the span in proportion to cos(7tz/X). Then, the following formulas hold for the lift and the moment coefficients:

Подпись: 0 1 2 3 4 5 x 6 Fig. 6.11. The influence of the aspect ratio on the lift coefficient of a jet-flapped flat wing of rectangular and semielliptic planform (solid line: rectangular planform, see formula (6.114); dashed line: semielliptic planform [50]).

4A [СЇ 7Г 4/2A,

= —rT ~r tanh — = —tanh л 7Г2 V h А 7Г2 Л

4A2T [C . 7Г 7Г

mz = —— —— tanh — tanh —.

7Г3 V h A 2A

Comparison of the lifting properties of a rectangular wing with a uniform jet momentum distribution and the jet momentum distribution, given by for­mula (6.125), shows that for the same angle of blowing, ground clearance, and the total jet momentum coefficients Cj, nonuniform blowing results in somewhat larger magnitudes of the lift coefficient than that of uniform blow­ing.

In section 9 a law of blowing is discussed, which leads to a minimum induced drag for a given lift coefficient and also the influence of optimization upon the lift-to-drag ratio of the wing with a jet flap in the ground effect.

When the jet-flapped wing has endplates, the calculation of the lift co­efficient and other aerodynamic coefficients can be performed taking into account the results presented in paragraph 6.1. Application of the approach set forth in paragraph 6.1 leads to the following formula for the relative lift coefficient of a jet-flapped wing with endplates:

Ky = ^ = 1 + hG( 7еР)4(А) + 0(Л2),

where the function G( jep) accounts for the configuration of the endplate and the function ylj, depending upon the aspect ratio, was found in the form

^ oo oo

Л (Л) = E C” tanh(?n ^ tanh qn/ql,

n=0 n—0


00 / і i

с« = Ё«2 + Л292/4’ 9п = д(2п + 1), ki = —(2/ + 1).

Leaving one term (l = n = 0) in this series, we can obtain the following approximate formula for ylj(A):

_ 16tanh(7rA/4)

7tA(4 + A2) tanh(7r/A) ’

It is remarkable that the magnitude of ylj from these formulas does not depend on the jet momentum.

Now some results will be discussed of the nonlinear theory of a jet – flapped wing of a finite aspect ratio in the extreme ground effect. For

a wing of rectangular planform, the aerodynamic coefficients can be derived in analytical form. Taking into account the trailing edge condition obtained earlier,

the nonlinear problem is formally described by the same set of equations except for the fact that the pressure distribution should be calculated by using the following nonlinear differential operator:

Подпись: VПодпись: /dm2 _ /dm2 dx) dz) ' (6.127)

Integrating the pressure difference (p) = p~ — on the wing surface taking into account the expression (6.127) for (f, we can derive the following expres­sions for the lift coefficient of a rectangular wing with a jet flap in the case of moderately large flow perturbations:

Подпись: і A Подпись:

Подпись: (-l)r Подпись: qn = j(2n + l), (6.128)



2 [X/2

an=— (z) cos qnz dz, Kj(z)=r(z)

ЛЯп J — Л/2

a* tanhqnAg,

Подпись: ,2, Подпись: (6.129)

The moment coefficient calculated around the trailing edge has been found in the form

For constant Kj = r JCfx/2h — т ^C-J2h, the following expressions were obtained for the coefficients of the lift, moment, and induced drag:

Cy ~ Kj (X 2.

^ 16 ^ tanhgn / A2 2-, qs >



16fti ^ tanhnn / mz= А» £ ,4 (


tanh — j/Cj tanhgn^,


Cx. — hn2{ 1 — /^j

^ 8 tanh2 qn

)x2h й ‘


As earlier, retaining just one term in the series (6.130)—(6.132), we obtain the following simple approximate formulas:

у 7Г3 A


16ftjA2 . 7Г / 7Г 1 _ 7T

—– — tanh — (tanh ———- – K tanh — ,

7Г4 A 2A 4 J А/


„ _ 8Л«?(1 – Kj) ^_u2 7Г Cx. — о tanh.



For small magnitudes of Kj these formulas yield the corresponding formulas of linear theory. Of practical interest is an estimate of the maximum magnitudes of the lift coefficient of the a jet-flapped wing in the extreme ground effect. This maximum is achieved when the jet touches the ground, i. e., in the case

= — Y

A2 ^

The magnitudes of the lift coefficient for other “nonblocking” magnitudes of parameter can be determined by taking into account (6.130) and (6.138) in the form

Су = Кj^l 2^^г/тах – (6.139)

It is interesting to compare the magnitudes of СУтлх, predicted by the non­linear (6.138) and linear (6.114) theories. Due to the fact that the condition of blockage is identical for both the linear and nonlinear theories it follows immediately from (6.114) that for /cj = 1,

Подпись:cin = 16 tanh qn

2/max 2 / J n3

n=0 4n

Comparing expressions (6.130) and (6.138), we see that the linear theory predicts magnitudes of the maximum lift coefficient which are twice as large as those predicted by the nonlinear theory. It can be readily shown that the nonlinear description of the blockage phenomenon is closer to reality than the linear one. For instance, in the case of the wing of infinite aspect ratio, it follows from equations (6.138) and (6.140) that

£ГПОПІІП ^ £flin ___ 2

У max 5 У max "

At the same time, it is clear from the physical viewpoint that for zero or vanishing incidence the blockage of flow near the trailing edge of a wing of infinite aspect ratio moving near a wall, results in complete stagnation of the flow under the wing. In very close proximity to the ground, this situation corresponds to magnitudes of the lift coefficient close to unity.

Подпись: Ctj=- G>(z) COST(.Z) dz. л J— A/2

To conclude the consideration of the jet-flapped wing in the extreme ground effect, a comparison is presented in Fig. 6.12 of the results of the asymptotic theory with the experimental data of V. P. Shadrin, obtained in a wind tunnel for a rectangular wing with endplates. Note that, when conduct­ing calculations by using the asymptotic theory, account was taken of the jet reaction force and the presence of the endplates. For large magnitudes of the blowing angle, the reactive components of the jet in the vertical and horizontal directions have to be predicted by the formulas

Подпись: 0.00 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 h Fig. 6.12. The additional lift coefficient of a rectangular wing with endplates due to a jet flap (r° = 30°, Cj = 0.01,0 = 0, solid line: asymptotic theory, circles: experiment, Shadrin (1975)).

It is worthwhile to mention that in the experiments conducted by Shadrin a model of a rectangular wing of aspect ratio Л = 1 with a “Gottingen” type foil section with an almost flat lower surface was tested. The relative thickness of the foil was equal to 11%, and the width of the jet injection slot with respect to the chord was 0.0053. Specially designed changeable trailing edge elements provided variation of the angle of blowing r, measured with respect to the flat lower surface of the wing. The injection of air was provided by special fans built into the model.

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