Airflow And Droplet Trajectory Model to Determine Sensor Placement On Cloud Physics Research Aircraft

M. M. Oleskiw, K. L. Grandia, R. C. Rudolph


In 1981 INTERA Technologies Ltd. and the Alberta Research Council entered into a joint development of a research aircraft facility. A two dimensional airflow and droplet trajectory model was used to determine the best practicable location for mounting imaging probes. The model used a distributed vorticity method to find the potential flow solution about the aircraft silhouette. A non-dimensional equation was developed to model droplet trajectories. A number of drag formulations were investigated. A discussion of the significance of the droplet mass flux corrections factor is also presented.

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