Using airwake simulation to inform flight trials for the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier

Kelly, Michael, White, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-8611-9525, Owen, Ieuan and Hodge, Steven
(2016) Using airwake simulation to inform flight trials for the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier. In: 13th International Naval Engineering Conference, 2016-4-26 - 2016-4-28, Bristol, UK.

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This paper will outline progress towards the development of a high-fidelity piloted flight simulation environment for the UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers which are currently under construction. It is intended that flight simulation will be used to de-risk the clearance of the F-35B Lightning-II to the ship, helping to identify potential wind-speeds/directions requiring high pilot workload prior to First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFT). This paper details the work that has been undertaken at the University of Liverpool to support this activity. The air flow over and around the QEC has been modelled using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be incorporated into the flight simulators at the University of Liverpool and BAE Systems Warton to be used in future piloted-simulation trials. The challenges faced when developing air wake models for large ships are presented together with details of the experimental setup being developed to validate the CFD predictions. Finally, the paper describes results produced to date and looks ahead to the piloted simulation trials of aircraft launch and recovery operations to the carrier.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: flight test, CFD, aircraft, carrier, simulation
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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 14:51
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 00:49