An Experimental Investigation of Helicopter Rotor Hub Fairing Drag Characteristics

  • Sung D
  • Lance M
  • Young L
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A study was done in the NASA 14- by 22-Foot Wind Tunnel at Langley Research Center on the parasite drag of different helicopter hub fairings and pylons. Parametric studies of hub-fairing camber and diameter were conducted. The effect of hub fairing/pylon clearance on hub fairing/pylon mutial interference drag was examined in detail. Force and moment data are presented in tabular and graphical forms. The results indicate that hub fairings with a circular-arc upper surface and a flot lower surface yield maximum hub drag reduction; and clearance between the hub fairing and pylon induces high mutual-interference drag and diminishes the drag-reduction benefit obtained using a hub fairing with a flat lower surface. Test data show that symmetrical hub fairings with circular-arc surfaces generate 77% more interference drag than do cambered hub fairings with flat lower surfaces, at moderate negative angle of attack.

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  • D Y Sung

  • M B Lance

  • L A Young

  • R H Stroub

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