Design of a special twin sting support system for force measurements on a launch vehicle model

Jinde, P and Rajeev, G and Nagpal , Ankur (2011) Design of a special twin sting support system for force measurements on a launch vehicle model. In: Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics and Design of Aerospace Vehicle (SAROD 2011), November 16-18, 2011, Bangalore, India.

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Conventionally, launch vehicle models are mounted on sting support systems for overall force / moment measurements in the 1.2m Trisonic wind tunnel of National Trisonic Aerodynamic Facilities (N.T.A.F.), National Aerospace Laboratories(CSIR-NAL), Bengaluru. However, this concept of mounting has always resulted in distorted base of the core and modification/removal of the core nozzle(s). A design concept was required to test the configuration without distorting the vehicle core and to simulate the core nozzles fully, as CFD predictions showed a substantial change in loads in the presence of core and nozzles. The design incorporates a special twin sting support system with an unconventional model assembly,which permits full simulation of the core nozzle. The balance is mounted in the core vehicle and attached to the twin stings through an adaptor .The design features of the special support system and the novel approach in the integration of model to support system is described in this paper.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Twin sting support system, FEA, Geometric and dimensional tolerance, Support rigidity
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aircraft Design, Testing & Performance
Depositing User: Smt Bhagya Rekha KA
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 10:42
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2012 10:42

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