Analysis of Asymmetric Aircraft Aerodynamics Due to an Experimental Wing Glove
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Aerodynamic computational fluid dynamics analysis of a wing glove attached to one wing
of a business jet is presented and discussed. A wing glove placed on only one wing will
produce asymmetric aerodynamic effects that will result in overall changes in the forces and
moments acting on the aircraft. These changes, referred to as deltas, need to be determined
and quantified to ensure that the wing glove does not have a significant effect on the aircraft
flight characteristics. TRANAIR (Calmar Research Corporation, Cato, New York), a nonlinear
full potential solver, and Star-CCM+ (CD-adapco, Melville, New York), a finite
volume full Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes computational fluid dynamics solver, are used
to analyze a full aircraft with and without the glove at a variety of flight conditions, aircraft
configurations, and angles of attack and sideslip. Changes in the aircraft lift, drag, and side
force along with roll, pitch, and yaw are presented. Span lift and moment distributions are
also presented for a more detailed look at the effects of the glove on the aircraft.
Aerodynamic flow phenomena due to the addition of the glove are discussed. Results show
that the glove produces only small changes in the aerodynamic forces and moments acting
on the aircraft, most of which are insignificant.

Author Name: 
Fletcher Hartshorn
Conference Location: 
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc
Conference Date: 
Monday, June 27, 2011
Paper Reference: 
AIAA 2011-3352
The American Institute of Aeronautics
Conference Name: 
29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference