A simplified model of a landing gear is tested in a wind tunnel to investigate the effect of the landing light orientation on the resulting noise generation. Examination of the near-field pressure fluctuations, combined with phase-locked stereoscopic particle imaging velocimetry (SPIV) of the unsteady wake identified two distinct sources of pressure fluctuations. The higher frequency source has a wide frequency band and is situated in the outer regions of the wake near the lights. However, the lower frequency source is found to be stronger, has a narrower frequency band, and is developed further downstream in the wake, closer to the wake centerline. The lower frequency source is observed to be rather robust as it is hardly affected by the orientation of the landing lights, whereas the higher frequency source becomes weaker as the distance between the lights is reduced. The effect of a splitter plate positioned downstream of the strut is also investigated as a means of disrupting the lower frequency pressure fluctuations. Although the lower frequency source is considerably reduced by the splitter plate, substantial enhancement of the higher frequency source is observed.
Experimental Investigation of Landing Light Orientation on Landing Gear Noise
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Salt, E, Arezina, M, Lepore, J, & Ziada, S. "Experimental Investigation of Landing Light Orientation on Landing Gear Noise." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 4: Fluid-Structure Interaction. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. July 19–23, 2015. V004T04A018. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2015-45137
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