16 January 2003 Computational Design and Analysis of a Microtab Based Aerodynamic Loads Control System for Lifting Surfaces
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A computational design and analysis of a microtab based aerodynamic loads control system is presented. The microtab consists of a small tab that emerges from a wing approximately perpendicular to its surface in the vicinity of its trailing edge. Tab deployment on the upper side of the wing causes a decrease in the lift generation whereas deployment on the pressure side causes an increase. The computational methods applied in the development of this concept solve the governing Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations on structured, overset grids. The application of these methods to simulate the flows over lifting surfaces including the tabs has been paramount in the development of these devices. The numerical results demonstrate the effectiveness of the microtab and that it is possible to carry out a sensitivity analysis on the positioning and sizing of the tabs before they are implemented in successfully controlling the aerodynamic loads.
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Cornelis P. van Dam, Cornelis P. van Dam, Dora Yen Nakafuji, Dora Yen Nakafuji, Candice Bauer, Candice Bauer, Kevin Standish, Kevin Standish, David Chao, David Chao, } "Computational Design and Analysis of a Microtab Based Aerodynamic Loads Control System for Lifting Surfaces", Proc. SPIE 4981, MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication II, (16 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.478170; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.478170

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