In this paper, we present an analysis of flight data in order to determine whether the application of the Edge Aerodynamix Conformal Vortex Generator (CVG), applied to the wings of aircraft, reduces fuel flow during cruising conditions of flight. The CVG is a special treatment and film applied to the wings of an aircraft to protect the wings and reduce the non-laminar flow of air around the wings during flight. It is thought that by reducing the non-laminar flow or vortices around and directly behind the wings that an aircraft will move more smoothly through the air and provide a safer and more fuel-efficient flight. Analysis was performed on over a year’s worth of flight data collected from four different aircraft corresponding to nearly 100,000 total flight hours. The analyses presented in this paper are intended to add to and complement the previous analysis done by Edge Aerodynamix. It focuses on modeling the data using a multiple linear regression technique. The results from this analysis compare well with the results previously obtained by Edge Aerodynamix. On average, the difference in fuel flow achieved using multiple linear regression were similar to the results achieved by Edge Aerodynamix. We found the model to best fit the data to be the simple MLR model and the model to produce the best results the RFR model.
Resnick, Damon; Donlan, Chris; Sakalle, Nimish; and Pinkerman, Cody
"Fuel Flow Reduction Impact Analysis of Drag Reducing Film Applied to Aircraft Wings,"
SMU Data Science Review: Vol. 1:
2, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholar.smu.edu/datasciencereview/vol1/iss2/11
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