Research in Engineering and Aviation

CFD Drag Predictions For a Wide Body Transport Fuselage with Flight Test Verification

August 1993

Author(s): Rhodes, J.A., Ravindra, K., Friedmann, D.M.

11th Applied Aerodynamics Conference AIAA-93-3418-CP, August 1993. DOI: 10.2514/6.1993-3418


A computational fluid dynamics code was used to predict drag increments for three proposed commercial aircraft fuselage nose configurations. The CFD results showed that a significant drag reduction could be achieved by eliminating a windshield wiper recess. The predicted drag reduction was of sufficient magnitude to warrant a flight test by Douglas Aircraft Company on an MD-11 airplane. The flight tests confirmed test results that drag reduction was possible.