Doss, Robert F. (1955) Leading edge retraction as a high lift device. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12102003-110111
A two-dimensional investigation was carried out in the Merril Wind Tunnel at the California Institute of Technology to determine the effect on low speed lift of retracting the leading edge of a thin, circular-arc airfoil.
Several configurations were tried, some with a spanwise slot milled into the upper surface so that the leading edge recess formed by retraction could be utilized as an air intake to improve the flow. A comparison was made between the configurations with the leading edge retracted to various positions and the basic airfoil.
The investigation showed that leading edge retraction caused a linear loss of maximum lift proportional to the percent reduction in chord up to a critical position where lift and the stalling angle of attack increased abruptly. Thereafter, maximum lift was reduced at a rate higher than the chord reduction. The effect of the slot was negligible.
The critical position phenomenon warrants further study.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Engineer's thesis)|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Engineering and Applied Science|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||1 January 1955|
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|Deposited On:||12 Dec 2003|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 03:12|
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