An experimental investigation of the hinge-moment characteristics of a constant-chord control surface oscillating at high frequency

Reese, David E JR Carlson, William C A
naca-rm-a55j24
December 1955


The results of an experimental investigation of the hinge-moment characteristics of a constant-chord control surface oscillating at high frequency is presented. The control surface was mounted on an aspect-ratio-2 triangular wing. The aerodynamic restoring-moment coefficient and damping-moment coefficient were determined at a frequency of 260 cycles per second for a Mach number range of 0.6 to 0.8 and 1.3 to 1.9 at angles of attack of 5 degrees and 10 degrees. The test results showed linear theory to be a reliable guide to the prediction of the trend of the restoring-moment coefficient with Mach number for the supersonic speed range of the investigation but overestimated the magnitude of the coefficient. The experimental values of the damping-moment coefficient were, for the most part, more positive than those indicated by the theory and, for some conditions, could lead to instability of the control surface. Comparison of the results of this investigation with those of previous investigations at 0 and 50 cycles per second showed that frequency had little effect on the restoring-moment coefficient. The damping-moment coefficient was similarly insensitive to frequency at an oscillation amplitude of plus-or-minus 1.0 degrees but at an amplitude ofplus-or-minus 2.5 degrees the results showed a destabilizing shift with increasing frequency.

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