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How to calculate the takeoff speed for a hypothetical aircraft?

Given some basic information such as: aircraft weight wing load (including wingspan, and basically the whole wing configuration) airfoil profile coefficient of lift angle of attack Is it possible to ...
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What is the relationship between the design lift coefficient and the section lift coefficient of a NACA5 airfoil?

I would like to know the relationship between the design lift coefficient Cli, of a 5-digit NACA airfoil, with the expression Cli = 0.15*L according to Wikipedia. And the section lift coefficient of ...
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Is it possible to have a separated boundary layer without having reversal flow?

To fix the ideas, let's consider an airfoil instead of a generic shape. As far as I understand, the separation of the boundary layer takes place after there is a region of reversal flow on the suction ...
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Can I assume that aoa on horizontal stabilizers correspond to aoa of the main wing?

I am in the process of designing a small wing (Re ~ 50-100k) and am wondering if given (a) the Cm on the main wing is relatively small at low aoas, (b) the horizontal stabilizer will produce lift as ...
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Does wash-out reduce drag?

I am in the process of designing a small wing (Re ~ 50-100k) and was planning to "un-twist" the tip of the foil by -5°. This corresponds to the 5° aoa where the center part of the wing has ...
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How would an airfoil react if it was flown backwards?

Out of curiosity what would happen? Would pressure on both top and bottom flip? or stay the same or act as a normal wing with less lift? I'd assume it would still take longer to travel over the top ...
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How to turn inviscid data to viscous?

I have used Panel method to calculate Cp vs x/c graph and CL. But as panel method assumes attached flow it does not give an flow separation and thus in CL vs alpha graph I could not find any stall. My ...
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Why aren't HLFC panels mounted on wing?

I watched The Insane Engineering of the 787 by Real Engineering. He just gave short detail about the HLFC(Hybrid Laminar Flow Control) panel and mentioned their purpose isn't available online. I found ...
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How do thick and thin airfoils compare in lift generation?

I find myself confused when comparing the lift generation amongst Thick and Thin Airfoils. A paper to which I have added reference below claims that thin airfoils are better in generating lift because ...
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What airfoil profile generates the greatest lift force for 0° angle of attack? [duplicate]

The profile is intended to be used as a flap - not as an aircraft wing, so consistent profile shape over the entire span. Is there any particular profile recommended for such use and at low speed air-...
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What is a laminar airfoil and what are their pros and cons?

I am wondering what is a laminar airfoil and what are their advantages and disadvantages if compared to other designs.
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Why are there two local maximums on some CL vs AOA curves?

I know what a stall is but I don't understand why there are in some cases two local maximums on the $C_L$ vs AOA curve of some airfoils. What is the reason for the mini stall that occurs before the ...
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What happens to the high pressure below an airfoil when the angle of attack increases?

I recently came across this question in a principles of flight exam: When the angle of attack of an airfoil increases the high pressure below the airfoil increases, the induced drag increases the ...
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Are NACA airfoils used in modern aircraft design?

I know that NACA is famous for its ducts: Gratuitous Ferrari F-40 from Wikipedia. Mmmm... pretty... It is also well known for its airfoils, and many planes in the early years of aviation used NACA ...
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Circulation around an airfoil at negative α

I was recently reading this very helpful string What is the physical meaning of circulation found in Kutta condition? and it explained very nicely potential flow around an airfoil. My question then is ...
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Does the A220-300 use supercritical airfoils in its wing?

I'm curious about whether or not this modern airliner uses supercritical aifoils in its wing, or just conventional NACA-style airfoils.
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What do these terms related to airfoils mean?

I keep coming across some terms related to airfoils and I'm not able to find clear definitions for these terms. Bubble ramps pressure recovery suction side
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Are empennage airfoils always symmetric in conventional airliners?

I'm specifically interested in these models: A319, B737-700, A220, E195-E2. You could call these conventional airliners, so I suppose the question is if these "conventional" planes have only ...
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Wing and horizontal/vertical tailplane airfoil type and relative thickness?

I've been searching for data on the airfoil type (namely if they are supercritical, aft-loading etc.) and relative thickness (average or in different positions) of the empennage (both horizontal and ...
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How do I find the shear center of an unsymmetrical airfoil?

I'm quite a newbie of these systems and I am designing the wing box of a drone. I know where I want my shear centre. However, I have been trying to determine the shear centre of my idealized airfoil. ...
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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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Servo-actuated aerofoil

I intend on calculating the the servo torque required to actuate a 75mmx38mm NACA0012 airfoil. The example at the end of the page in the link https://github.com/build-week/hover-jet/blob/feature/start-...
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Which airfoil to use for high subsonic flight?

I am desigining an aircraft, which shall fly up to Mach=0.9 in cruise flight in an altitude of 10 km. So when I think of which airfoil to choose, I have to consider aspects like max. lift coefficient ...
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How do i find a supercritical airfoil for my preliminary design?

The following information is available but i don't exactly know where to get the information about SC Airfoils from. Do Airbus , Boeing use secret airfoil that they don't disclose? Cruise Speed = 240 ...
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What airfoil is used on the MQ-1B Predator's wing?

There are lot of UAV's in todays world to be re worked on. The General Atomics series of UCAVs is quite remarkable. I have selected MQ-1B Predator UAV, for an geometric analysis project(undergraduate)....
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Why doesn't Boeing use supercritical airfoils?

It's my first question & I really want to know the answer from professionals to decide if my new design of airfoil is worth it because the initial test by CFD software (Fluent-ANSYS) indicate that ...
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Reducing camber for DrelaGW19 for L/D ratio

Okay , Thankyou for letting me know But these airfoils (DrelaGW19 and GW27) have extreme camber on upper surface. Now why is that so? (The first reason could be good lift at high Reynolds number(~ 1.5 ...
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Swept back wing theory

I'm a beginner in airfoil design. I just came across swept-back wings. There is a point that I couldn't understand that theory. Why is the only perpendicular component of the airflow to the wing(...
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What is the airfoil used in the SB13 flying wing?

(Source) What airfoil is used for the wing of this aircraft?
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Why do X-wing configurations missile/guide bombs use symmetric airfoils?

From all the missiles/guide bombs I have come across, I've always observed that a symmetric airfoil is used for both the wing and tail. Why not have a cambered airfoil for the wing and a symmetric ...
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Does lift coefficient vary with the wind velocity for a given angle of attack?

I have this question in my mind. I have been trying to look for this in different books about aerodynamics and I couldn't find the answer. I know I could check the answer experimentally, if I had a ...
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Is it better to reduce drag or increase lift?

Essentially my question is, in general is it better to have a lower drag or a larger lift. I know lift to drag ratios are used as an indicator but I think these don't give the best picture. For ...
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How does airfoil affect the coefficient of lift vs. AOA slope?

I'm trying to understand whether the airfoil shape can affect the slope of Cl vs. AOA (coefficient of lift vs. angle of attack) in the "linear" portion, e.g., from a few degrees negative to ...
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Why am I getting a low L/D of 4.3 for this supercritical airfoil in Autodesk CFD?

I am a high school student learning to analyze aircraft models in Autodesk CFD for the first time. My current project is analyzing a supercritical airfoil on Autodesk CFD (that was designed in ...
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What characteristic my canard needs to have when the canard also carries a pair of engine?

I am in 3rd year Aerospace Engineering and trying to do a preliminary design of an airplane. My design has a front wing that also has an engine at its root on both side of the fuselage. There is ...
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Could leading-edge dynamic stall occur for a tripped airfoil?

As far as I know leading-edge dynamic stall is characterized by the formation of a Leading edge vortex. This leading edge vortex forms due to the 'bursting' of the LSB (Laminar separation bubble). ...
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Why am I seeing extremely high L/D ratio of (e.g. L/D = 90) in my 2D airfoil analysis?

Can anyone explain/justify why, using the 'Theory of Wing Sections' by ABBOTT the lift/drag ratios seem so high. For example, I'm doing an analysis of the NACA0012 airfoil and using their experimental ...
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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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Are airfoil profiles patented? If not, why?

For something that takes so much research and can effect performance drastically, there seems to be no patents on airfoils. Too simple in appearance to patent? They appear simple at first but the ...
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Calculating CL and CD from Cp vs. x/c graph data? [duplicate]

I need to calculate CL, CD, CM coefficients for NACA 0012 airfoil at angle of attack 6 degrees and Re=7.5e5, Mach=0.05. I used Xfoil for getting the CP distribution, Cp vs. x/c graph and Cp-x-y data. ...
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Lift Pressure Distribution [closed]

If the pressure goes always from high to low, we should have a compression, due the lower pressure of the air stream over the upper surface, and an expansion in the airstream in the lower surface. So ...
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Why is the aerodynamic center for most airfoils located at the quarter chord location?

I've been reading several sources on the location of the aerodynamic center https://web.mit.edu/16.unified/www/FALL/fluids/Lectures/f03.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerodynamic_center John ...
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Is co-flow jet wing technology workable?

Coflow Jet claims that their idea of sucking air from the trailing edge and blowing it out the leading edge improves efficiency. But this looks like nothing but flow control done wrong to me. And by ...
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How do you calculate the optimal cruising speed of an airfoil?

I am working on a school project (aircraft design). I would like to know how to calculate the cruising speed of a given airfoil. For example, if I have a NACA 5613-35 airfoil (that is the NACA 4 digit ...
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Should the pitching moment be up or down?

I had a question regarding the direction of the pitching moment. To make sure we are on the same page, here is what I know so far (please correct me if I am wrong). Lift acts through center of ...
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Why are birdlike airfoils not used?

Here are two airfoils (lets focus on Re 100,000): SD7043-il which is simple to build and has a glide ratio of about 60 e376-il a birdlike and much harder to build if using paper or similar due to the ...
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What are the differences between symmetrical and cambered airfoils?

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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A question regarding airfoil parameters

If a hypothetical aircraft, which is a tailless straight flying-wing with no fuselage, has the following characteristics: moderate forward sweep an aspect ratio = 9 a dihedral angle of 3 degrees a ...
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Why doesn't the centre of pressure move in the case of a symmetric aerofoil?

Why doesn't the CP (centre of pressure) move in the case of a symmetric aerofoil? Also, why does the CP move backward in the case of a flat plate?
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How do I choose the vertical tail's airfoil?

I'm designing a fixed wing UAV and I'm having some doubts about how to determinate the vertical tail airfoil. It's important to say that we've already sized this surface. And till this moment we're ...

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