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Overview of Supersonic Laminar Flow Control Research on the F-16XL Ships 1 and 2
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published October 01, 1992 by SAE International in United States
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NASA is directing research to develop technology for a high-speed civil transport. Supersonic laminar flow control has been identified as a program element, since it offers significant drag-reduction benefits and is one of the more promising technologies for producing an economically viable aircraft design. NASA is using two prototype F-16XL aircraft to research supersonic laminar flow control. The F-16XL planform is similar to design planforms of high-speed civil transports. The planform makes the aircraft ideally suited for developing technology pertinent to high-speed transports. This paper describes the supersonic laminar flow control research programs for both aircraft. Some general results of the ship-1 program presented in the paper demonstrate that significant laminar flow was obtained using laminar flow control on a highly swept wing at supersonic speeds.
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CitationAnderson, B. and Bohn-Meyer, M., "Overview of Supersonic Laminar Flow Control Research on the F-16XL Ships 1 and 2," SAE Technical Paper 921994, 1992, https://doi.org/10.4271/921994.
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