This paper provides an overview of the Circulation Control modeling research that has been performed, and is still ongoing, at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. This work started in 2005 with the interest of applying Circulation Control technologies to advanced aircraft designs. After the initial investigations into this, it was apparent that there was a long history of experimental work in this area to build on, but a number of deficiencies existed in the modeling capabilities. For Circulation Control enabled aircraft, these included: few available tools to accurately model the takeoff and landing performance, the limitations in the standard regulations with respect to takeoff and landing requirements, the inconsistent published results in modeling the aerodynamics of these problems, and the lacking of tools necessary to model the coupling of the propulsion system and the aerodynamics. These were some of the problems that Cal Poly researchers, both students and faculty, identified as avenues of exploration, and these are the areas that have received the majority of the focus since the beginning of this work. This is the work that will be summarized in this paper.
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