MACHINE MODELING AND SIMULATIONS, Machine modeling and simulations 2020

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Determination of the operational parameters values for Airbus A300-600ST Beluga aircraft on the basis of CFD tests
Marcin Nowacki, Damian Olejniczak

Last modified: 01. 01. 2021


The article presents a method for estimating the values of basic operational and aerodynamicparameters of an aircraft. It contains a multistage analysis of CFD test results for the Beluga AirbusA300-600ST model. The first step of the method is to determine the values of aerodynamicparameters such as lift coefficient, drag coefficient, lift force and drag force in specific flightconditions. A comparative analysis of the coefficients of lift and drag force depending on the angle ofattack of the aircraft allowed the estimation of the optimal angle of attack of the Airbus A300-600STBeluga. In the next step, the operational values and the maximum flight ceiling of the aircraft weredetermined. For this purpose, the results of CFD simulation tests for the optimal angle of attack ofthe aircraft were used. This article allowed determining the characteristics of the components ofaerodynamic force of an airplane depending on the angle of attack, flight altitude and flight speed,determining the optimal angle of attack of the aircraft and calculation of the optimal and maximumflight ceiling values of the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga.