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Conference Paper

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AIAA SciTech Forum, 23-27 January 2023, National Harbor, MD


Dynamic stability testing techniques currently utilized at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) are conducted in multiple facilities and consists of free flight, forced oscillation, and free-to-oscillate tests. The NASA/ODU Magnetic Suspension and Balance System (MSBS) has been recommissioned to explore its utility as an additional facility to expand the dynamic stability test capabilities currently available at NASA LaRC. Simulations were created to replicate each current test facility and method as closely as possible. Data collected from the simulated environments was corrupted with replicated noise sources of the different testing environments and then compared to real data collected during tests when such data was available. The corrupted data was then passed through data reduction and System Identification (SID) to estimate the accuracy of the results with the known aerodynamic model that was utilized within the simulation to generate the original data. Magnitudes of noise were varied utilizing Monte Carlo analysis to perform sensitivity analysis of each noise source on the extracted dynamic stability coefficients. Some preliminary results will be presented.


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Original Publication Citation

Ramirez, O. A., Schoenenberger, M., Cox, D. E., & Britcher, C. P. (2023) Comparison of dynamics stability testing techniques with magnetic suspension wind tunnel capabilities [Paper presentation]. AIAA SciTech Forum, National Harbor, MD.