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The 2D shape of a section of aircraft wing.

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Why do airfoils in an airplane's wings have different shape and size along its span?

Why wings of an airplane consist of different shape and size of airfoil. What will happen if the thickness of wing are same throughout the wing?
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Is there a database of airfoils for a given Reynolds number?

I'm trying to design my ultralight airplane. I know the basics of aerodynamics and airplane design, however, my question is if there are any tools (online, software, database ) that suggest the best ...
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Difference between symmetrical and cambered airofoil?

I have seen images of cambered and symmetrical wings but apart from that what are the major differences between them? I have also read that symmetric wings don't produce any lift at 0° AOA whereas ...
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How do I calculate the air pressure on the maximum bulge of the airfoil?

Picture 2: source. Consider I have an airplane and it wing, of course. The cross-section of the airfoil is as the picture 1. The leading edge and the wind direction are depicted there. The leading ...
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Where can I find data comparing coefficient of lift (and drag) curves for any airfoil with and without flaps deployed

I'm doing my masters thesis on a FISHBAC wing so I'm hoping to find coefficient of lift and drag curves for any airfoil with and without (any type of) flaps deployed (and preferably leading edge ...
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Are there any lift or lift coefficient equations which factor in the flap deflection angle?

I'm asking this because I tested a NACA 2412 wing with an adjustable flap in a subsonic wind tunnel and I'm getting the lowest Cl values for the highest flap deflection angle.. which to my knowledge ...
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How much lift do supercritical airfoils produce?

Compared to your regular asymmetric cambered airfoil, How much does lift do supercritical airfoils produce?
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Why does the stall angle decrease as camber increases?

I have a rough idea about why $C_{{l}_{max}}$ increases with increase in camber. But I can't explain why the stall angle decreases simultaneously.
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How to calculate the moment/torque at the center axis of a blade?

How do I calculate the moment/torque at the center axis (same plane with lift and drag force) of a blade with NACA airfoil standard when it is placed inside a wind tunnel or exposed to airflow?
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Is the highly optimized high subsonic cruise airfoil less safe for higher AOA flight? [duplicate]

An examination of the 737 airliner wing profile and that of a blue whale leads to the question of whether the high Reynolds number subsonic cruising airfoil and the low speed, high AOA airfoil are ...
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Why are the wings of some modern gliders tadpole shaped?

Why are the wings of some modern gliders tadpole shaped, rather than teardrop shaped? An example is the Schleicher ASG 29. Or did they just add a flat plate at the trailing edge for the flaps and ...
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Why the lift and drag coefficients for the simulations differ from the experimental value?

I am doing CFD simulations for NACA Airfoil 2415 using K-Omega SST model on ANSYS fluent. I am using an tetrahedral unstructured mesh with 20 Inflation layers on the wall. I have been comparing my ...
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Do commercial passenger airplanes have cambered airfoils?

It seems to me that they logically would, since they have no need to fly upside down like an aerobatic plane would (so they would not need a symmetric airfoil for any conceivable reason). That being ...
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Do Alaskan bush pilots generate a Clmax of 5 with 90° flaps?

I understand the Alaskan bush pilots use 90° flaps in the Valdez STOL competition. I think this would stall the flaps. And if so, it wouldn't increase lift and reduce stall speed, but Javafoil says ...
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How can a NACA2312 airfoil or similar have a camber location from 30 to 39% without a change in airfoil name?

How can a NACA2312 airfoil or similar have a camber location from 30 to 39% without a change in airfoil name? Was fooling around in javafoil, and noticed I could go from 30% camber to 39% camber, ...
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Shouldn't the upwash on an airfoil increase the effective angle of attack?

From what I understand, induced drag comes from a reduction of the effective angle seen by the airfoil. However, from wind tunnel smoke visualization, we can see that the streamlines at the leading ...
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What is the reason for circulation of air around an airfoil? Based upon the circulation of air, why are airfoils shaped the way they are? [duplicate]

Foreword: I am an Aerospace Engineering student and next year is my third and final year, starting September 2019. I was taught approximately 2 semesters ago that the correct theory of lift is that ...
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What is the comparative roughness of fabric surfaces?

"The Design of the Aeroplane" by Darrol Stinton (1983) lists comparative roughness of aircraft skin material (pg 154). Unfortunately it does not list dope & fabric. What is the comparative ...
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Where is the midspan airfoil located on the 737?

The 737 has a root airfoil, two midspans, and one outboard. Is the midspan located under the fuselage or between root and tip?
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What are the effects of endplate on airfoil section?

A 3D wing cannot achieve the same high lift/drag ratio (more than a hundred sometimes) displayed by a 2D profile (airfoil section). This is due to 3D effects like spanwise flow, wingtip losses(...
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Shock wave on airfoil

I was wondering the other day, during the trans sonic regime, when the velocity over the airfoil becomes supersonic,why does the shock wave standing on the airfoil moves downstream when the free ...
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Would adding a slat and a slotted flap increase the max CL of a multi element airfoil to 6.5?

Would adding a slat and a slotted flap increase the of a multi element foil to 6.5? I understand, as a general rule, the max $C_L$ for a classic NACA airfoil is as follows: Base: 1.5 Slat: + 0.7 ...
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What are the scale effects of GA wing tip airfoils?

[ update: I am adopting an improved description provided by Peter Kämpf: "...only looking at the airfoils in isolation..." ] The goal of this question is to determine if wing tip airfoil scale plays ...
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NACA Airfoil 0005.4

I have come across this NACA profile NACA 0005.4 mod and it is not clear how to interpret this airfoil. Is this considered a 4 digit NACA profile? What does the number after dot mean?
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How could I find the air velocity and lift force?

As shown below I have this information as shown below in the picture. I got the density according to the ISA standard 𝜌 = 1.225[kg/m^3] and 𝐶𝐿 = 𝐶𝐿𝛼 (𝛼−𝛼0) is calculated as below : α=−4: CL=...
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How could I find 𝐶𝐿𝛼 lift coefficient slope?

I'm trying to find 𝐶𝐿𝛼 lift coefficient slope through the below diagram, could anyone explain for me please, how could I find it? by the way, I depend on this equation 𝐶𝐿 = 𝐶𝐿𝛼 (𝛼−𝛼0)
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Foil lift question as foil get thicker/taller

I am working on a project and just need to understand one concept that I cannot find an answer to anywhere and hoping you could answer for me. The project I'm working on is with airfoils and the main ...
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Is drag coefficient lowest at zero angle of attack?

The drag coefficient of a symmetric airfoil is lowest when its angle of attack is zero. I'm not sure if this is true in general.
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Does an rc plane tail also have airfoil or is it just flat material? [closed]

I've chosen an airfoil for the wing, now i'm confused weather i should do the same for tail or just attach a flat piece of wood as tail. I'm going for conventional tail design. This is my first ever ...
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Is there a relationship between 2D airfoil aerodynamic results and a revolution body from that airfoil?

The airfoil would be symmetric and the axis of revolution would be its chord line. Edit1: To clarify the question, suppose we have a NACA 0010. Then, using for example XFoil, I'm able to get, for ...
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What is the difference between static and dynamic stall?

What are the static and dynamic stalls on the aircrafts wing? When would we encounter static and when dynamic one? What is the difference between them?
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How can I tell from the location of flow separation if an airfoil is stalled?

I am in the process of completing a carbon airfoil for my track car (sedan) and I am looking to determine stall angle visually. AKA, wool tufts and highway runs with my GoPro pointed upward from the ...
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Why are hexa airfoils used on rockets despite having more drag that diamond airfoils? [closed]

I was doing a study on airfoils shape for a rocket. I tested the diamond and the hexagonal airfoil with Missile DatCom, RasAero and the Shock Expansion theory and from my results it seems like the ...
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What's the theoretical background of the critical angle of attack?

The critical angle of attack seems to be at all (most?) airfoils around 15-20°. Why is that? Why is it in this range and not lower or higher? Is it just the result of optimizing airfoils? Or is it ...
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What is the relationship between the Center of Pressure and flap deployment?

I have been reading regarding the Center of Pressure of an airfoil (Cp) and the relationship with angle of attack. What is a good way to explain in layman's terms why the pressure changes in such a ...
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Anyone able to help identify what aerofoil this is?

Firstly, apologies for the potato quality of the image below. I am attempting to determine the qualities of a VTOL and cannot find any data online. If anyone knows what aerofoil this could be that ...
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What is subcritical and supercritical boundary layer?

What is subcritical and supercritical boundary layer? What is the difference between them?
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What is a rudder or fin stall?

What is a rudder or fin stall, how will the aircraft behave in that situation, and how should the pilot recognise it? What is the recovery procedure? And what is rudder reversal?
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What airfoil type is used on the B727-200F?

What airfoil type is used on the Boeing 727-200F? Is it a NACA profile or something else?
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What to be considered in designing airplane tail (vertical and horizontal stabilizer, elevators and rudder)? [closed]

I would like to make a small amateur triplane with it maximum weight approximately 400 kgs with maximum speed 100 knots (180 kph). I have read many discussions about how to calculate the wing ...
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Where can I find airfoil data for the Beechcraft 1900D tail?

I am creating a CAD model of Beechcraft 1900D from images for a project. So far most info is available in http://www.users.on.net/~grypen/b1900d.html except the airfoil used by the tails. I have ...
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Fabric-covered Clark Y Max Coefficient of Lift

I'm looking at the Aeronca C-3 Collegian, which had a Clark Y airfoil, and I'm finding the following: Wing area: 142 ft² Empty weight: 466 lbs Payload: 470 lbs Stall speed: 38 mph When I do the math ...
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What was the Airfoil of Handley Page P.115?

This extreme sweptback delta was built to test the Concorde wing at low speeds, sources say it had a biconv 6% airfoil, but I failed in finding data about it.
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Why isn't there a single best airfoil for subsonic flight?

Why does airfoil used by modern subsonic aircraft (this is true for transonic airliners too) vary from plane to plane? Haven't we figured out a single best airfoil shape, with the highest lift to ...
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Why does a sharp leading edge result in a larger pressure peak?

I know in the real world the sharp leading edge (LE) will results in a larger pressure peak compared to a large radius LE. And that there are three types of stall. But I want the explanation in ...
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Is high speed buffet possible at supersonic speed?

Since high speed buffet is caused by boundary layer separation due to shock wave and at supersonic flight there is no shock wave directly onto the airfoil (it is attached to the trailing edge), is ...
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Why does the aerodynamic center exist?

I am a glider pilot and instructor with a master’s degree in actuarial mathematics. I teach aerodynamics every winter for upcoming glider pilots. As you surely know, the aerodynamic center is the ...
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Why does strong shock wave-boundary-layer interaction produce a bubble reattachment?

The picture represents a lambda type shock wave, separating the boundary layer at its foot. Separation causes a recirculation bubble to appear. I understand why separation has happened, but what is ...
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Circular arc airfoil wing: why does the wing nose down twist due to camber?

I am reading this paper: "Computational Investigation of Microscale Shrouded Rotor Aerodynamics in Hover" Vinod K. Lakshminarayan, James D. Baeder ; JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HELICOPTER SOCIETY56, ...
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the usage of thin airfoils for high-speed flight [closed]

what is The usage of thin aerofoils for high-speed flight I tried those answers:  They are perfect for controlling the local angle of attack, for instance in turbomachinery and flaps.  At ...