Effect of Nose Tip on Wing Rock of Slender Delta Wing
The root cause of wing rock is investigated by examining two slender delta wings (700 and 850 sweep back angle) in wind tunnel using force measurement, pressure measurement and PIV techniques. The results show presence of asymmetric flow at 200 angle of attack and initiation of wing rock at the same point for 850 model while there is neither asymmetric flow nor wing rock for 700 model suggesting close relation of flow asymmetry with wing rock. Investigation with three apparently identical nose sections reveals that the asymmetry comes from the area very close to the wing tip. This asymmetric flow causes the vortices to interact in a complex way resulting in wing rock when the vortices are in close proximity (such as for 850 model), which is not the case when the vortices are ‘comparatively away’ (such as 700 model) from each other.
S. R. Bakaul et al., "Effect of Nose Tip on Wing Rock of Slender Delta Wing", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 232, pp. 178-183, 2012