Pressure measurements on yacht sails: development of a new system for wind tunnel and full scale testing
By Fabio Fossati, Ilmas Bayati, Sara Muggiasca, Ambra Vandone, Gabriele Campanardi, Thomas Burch and Michele Malandra
Abstract: The paper presents an overview of a joint project including Politecnico di Milano, CSEM and North Sails, aiming at developing a new sail pressure measurement system based on MEMS sensors (an excellent compromise between size, performance, costs and operational conditions) and pressure strips and pads technology. These devices were designed and produced to give differential measurement between the leeward and windward side of the sails. The research has been developed for the final employment on the Lecco Innovation Hub Sailing Yacht Lab, a 10 m length sailing dynamometer which aims at being the reference contemporary full scale measurement device in the sailing yacht engineering research field, to enhance the insight of sail steady and unsteady aerodynamics.
The pressure system is described in details, the data acquisition process and system metrological validation are reported; furthermore, some results obtained during a wind tunnel campaign carried out at Politecnico di Milano Wind Tunnel, as a benchmark of the whole measuring system for future full scale application, are reported and discussed in details.
Moreover, the system configuration for full scale testing, which is being finalized at the time of this paper, is also described
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