Flight experiments on swept wing transition using distributed roughness Conference Paper uri icon


  • Difficulties with freestream turbulence in wind tunnels initiated a program of flight testing at Texas A&M University. The work cumulated in a series of laminar-turbulent transition flighttest experiments on a swept wing with the goal of validating the spanwise-periodic distributed roughness elements (DRE) technology in a Reynolds number range applicable to SensorCraft technology. Phase I of the program measured freestream turbulence levels that were nominally 0.05% to 0.06% of the freestream speed and thus established the suitability of the flight environment for the laminarization flights. Phase II of the program did the baseline transition measurements on the airfoil i.e. with and without DRE technology. The region of laminar flow was extended from 30% to 60% chord at a chord Reynolds number of Rec = 8.1 x106 and sweep angle, = 30.

published proceedings

  • ICAS Secretariat - 26th Congress of International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2008, ICAS 2008

author list (cited authors)

  • Saric, W. S., Carpenter, A. L., & Reed, H. L.

complete list of authors

  • Saric, WS||Carpenter, AL||Reed, HL

publication date

  • December 2008