TsAGI specialists continue research on a lightweight convertible airplane
30 November 2017
Specialists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) tested a model of a lightweight convertible airplane with running propellers. The experiments were conducted in TsAGI’s low-speed wind tunnel as part of the implementation of the State contract with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
At this stage, the scientists of the Institute studied the powered aerodynamics and determined the flap performance and control effectors, including engine failure tests. In addition, the program of experiments included a model test of simulated ice on the wing and fins, which could be developed during the holding mode.
The test results will update the aerodynamic data bank of the aircraft. The results will be used for the computation of performance data of the aircraft, design of aerodynamic configuration, development of the control systems and computer modeling, and the icing effects on aviation safety.
Earlier, TsAGI held tests to obtain landing and cruising characteristics of the aircraft. Then the scientists tested the body alone and airplane propeller in climb and during crosswinds. The results showed a promising level of aerodynamic characteristics of the prospective aircraft. Further, TsAGI specialists will do experimental investigations of an aircraft model with a running propeller, as well as near the Flight Strip Screen.
The lightweight convertible aircraft will be utilized both for passenger and for transport of goods without changing the design. The aircraft is designed to transport 50 passengers over a distance of 1500 km or 6 tons of cargo at a distance of 1000 km. Its cruising speed will reach 480 km/h.