Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

This project's goal was to determine the effects of trailing edge notches on low aspect-ratio wings at low Reynolds numbers using a wind tunnel and a purpose built force balance. Trailing edge notches may reduce the local lift coefficient at a point where previous MAV studies indicated a peak in the span-wise lift distribution. It was determined that notches can increase an airfoil's lift-to-drag ratio. Optimal notch location and size are 60% of the half-span and 1.76 of the planform area.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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