DOI: 10.2514/1.j062881 ISSN: 0001-1452

Experimental Investigation for Subsonic, Transonic, and Supersonic Performances of Double-Swept Waverider

Chuanzhen Liu, Xufei Meng, Jinzheng Liu, Jian Zhou, Peng Bai
  • Aerospace Engineering

The wind-tunnel experiments for the double-swept waverider were carried out in subsonic, transonic, and supersonic states, aiming to validate its potential advantages in wide-speed performances. The test configurations were generated using the planform-customized waverider design, which was developed from the osculating-cone method. Two experimental models of the double-swept waveriders with bend and cusp heads were fabricated, and a single-swept configuration was built as a comparable model. A series of experiments were performed in the FD-06 wind tunnel of the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics at a subsonic Mach number of [Formula: see text]; transonic Mach numbers of [Formula: see text], 0.8, and 0.9; and a supersonic Mach number of [Formula: see text]. The results from the wind-tunnel tests were examined by combining the numerical simulations. As the Mach number increased, the lift-to-drag ([Formula: see text]) ratios of the double-swept waveriders decreased slightly when [Formula: see text]; but when [Formula: see text], their [Formula: see text] dropped sharply. Moreover, the double-swept waveriders were unstable in the longitudinal direction in the subsonic state, and their longitudinal stability was obviously improved as the Mach number went up. When the Mach number was greater than 0.9, they became statically stable. Compared with the single configuration, the double-swept waverider exhibited increased [Formula: see text] in subsonic and transonic states, as well as improved longitudinal stability in the wide-speed range, but it exhibited a decreased [Formula: see text] in the supersonic state.

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