Dr Madeleine Combrinck – Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University
Commercial aircraft cruise speed is currently limited by a condition referred to as the buffeting boundary. In this region of transonic flow, instabilities are causing significant fluctuations in the lift properties in certain situations.
Addressing the instabilities will result in safer, faster and more economical flights.
In this talk we will discuss the origin of the instabilities, the effects is has on the aircraft wing structure and possible abatement strategies to overcome it.