Evaluation of Conceptual Aircraft through Experimentation and Computation

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25th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference


Research and developmental activities have been performed on a unique aircraft design labeled the Houck Configuration. The Houck Configuration is a UAV concept developed and patented by Ron G. Houck, II at IronHawk Enterprises. The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) performed wind tunnel testing of the concept while both UDRI and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) performed computer modeling and simulation studies. The research was to assess the aerodynamic efficiency of the Houck Configuration with respect to performance measures relevant to an Air Force developed generic mission profile.

The evaluation of the Houck Configuration was based on meeting or exceeding the threshold values of wing lift curve slope (C ≥ 0.09/deg); drag coefficient at zero-lift (CDo ≤ 0.045); and Oswald's Efficiency Factor (e ≥ 0.8). These parameters measure the effectiveness and efficiency of the Houck Configuration's lift generation and reduced drag performances.




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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Miami, FL