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Chopper wake

  1. Nov 17, 2003 #1
    hi guys,
    this is my first post..been a reader of the forum for some time. heres an argument i had with someone today. suppose a helicopter is hovering still over a lake/deep enough pool of water. also, it is wide enough. the chopper is close to the water (for eg...dropping a swimmer or a marine....basically close!)
    will the chopper cause any depression (i.e cavity) of certain depth? or will it just set waves. i feel there is going to be a certain depression and also waves and that i can analyse the problem as a uniform airflow impinging on a wall of water with a central line from the center of the chopper to a "stagnation" point on the water surface. my friend feels that the assuming of the wall is not justified and that it is just going to set of waves.
    comments? not a well defined problem. maybe to make it well defined: what is the depth of the cavity?? (:
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  3. Nov 17, 2003 #2


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    It will cause a depression. You can solve Bernoulli's equation to figure out how much.

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  4. Nov 17, 2003 #3


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    Hint: the downwash force is equal to the weight of the chopper. This divided by the area gives pressure.
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