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How to increase payload capacity of plane?

Keeping thrust, wing span, weight (of plane) constant, can we increase the payload capacity (nearly 50% more)? Adding payload to plane, it decreases thrust/weight ratio, how does it affect the control ...
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Why is the pitching moment of this symmetric aerofoil non-zero?

As I understand it, the pitching moment coefficient of a symmetric aerofoil should be zero, under potential flow assumptions. Obviously, approaching stall and post-stall, these assumptions are invalid ...
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Why are highly cambered airfoils rarely used in propellers or wings?

Highly cambered airfoils like the Seligs and Epplers are hardly ever used in propeller or wing sections. Why? Does their performance reduce at high Re? Are they only adequate at low Mach, low Re? ...
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How accurate is XFoil / XFLR5 at 'kinda high' Reynolds numbers?

How accurate is XFoil/XFLR5 at Reynolds numbers between 2 million and 10 million? From my understanding it's only accurate at lower Re values.
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How to calculate the mass moment of inertia of a symmetric wing like NACA-0012?

I am working on the pitching mechanism of a NACA-0012 wing. I have the mass and found out the centre of mass of the wing but the software (OpenFOAM) needs more parameters such as the mass moment of ...
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Can lift be increased by increasing the angle of incidence of the wing? [closed]

Can the lift of a plane be increased by increasing the Angle of Incidence (angle between the chord line of the main wing and the axis of the fuselage)? Meaning, can more lift be generated while the ...
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What are Uses of thin airfoil and thick airfoil?

I have heard that thin airfoils are used for fast fyling and thick airfoil a are used for more lift. Is it true? Can you explain specific uses of thick and thin airfoils ?
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Why do intermeshing helicopters use asymmetric airfoils?

I am referring to the Kaman K-max and the Kaman Huskie here. They both use NACA 23012, which is an asymmetric airfoil. Any reason as to why this is? Is there a different mechanic in play when ...
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How to choose airfoil for High Subsonic small UAV?

I am trying to make a concept for a small UAV. The UAV shall be flying at Mach=0.75 , shortly 0.9 For this, I am looking for an adequate airfoil, which allows me, to avoid Mach=1 on the airfoil. From ...
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The numerical method used by F.X Wortmann for inverse design

Apologies in advance for a long-winded question. Can someone who understands some airfoil theory and German language please help me understand the method outlined in this paper from Prof. FX Wortmann....
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F.X Wortmann airfoil naming convention

Does anyone happen to have a reference or such that explains the naming convention used by Prof. Wortmann for his airfoils? Usually it follows that for symmetrical ones, the first 2 digits are to ...
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What causes the vortex on the tip of this vertical stabilizer (CFD Simulation)

This is a computational fluid dynamics simulation of an airfoil that is oriented to look like a vertical stabilizer. After watching the video, it becomes clear that the tip of the stabilizer causes a ...
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Would a airfoil move backwards if you rotate it vertical

Lets say i have a wing with an engine attached to it like a propellor. And now i point the nose of my airplane up untill it is vertical. Would the wing still generate lift because of the air flowing ...
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Are there any NACA airfoils that resemble the X-29's wing?

As a part of my project, I am trying to perform structural and aerodynamic analysis of a forward swept wing on an aircraft, specifically the Grumman X-29 (pictured below). I am assuming that ...
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Vertical autorotation with passive rotor

Let's say we have a simple hollow cube(chosen for simplicity) with outside side length=10cm, thickness=5mm (or another arbitrary shape with arbitrary dimensions). Clarification: I am NOT talking ...
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How does airfoil thickness affect the Mach number at which it experiences transonic flow?

Roskam (book: Airplane Aerodynamics and Performance, Subparagraph: 2.5.2 HIGH-SPEED AIRSPEED INDICATORS (COMPRESSIBLE FLOW)) affirms: [...] Airplane with no sweep and thick airfoils become ...
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Transonic Airfoil with high critical mach number

does anyone know, how I can find a transonic airfoil (high subsonic, Ma=0.88) with a high critical mach number? I know that if I know c,0,min = minimal pressure coefficient of the airfoil, then I can ...
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Is there an aerofoil that gives reasonably good lift for both air flow directions: forward and backward?

Could an aerofoil be designed to give reasonably good lift for both flow directions? I was motivated by this related question on Aviation SE: Can a plane fly backward if its propeller is in reverse? ...
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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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Where can I find wind tunnel pressure data for various airfoils?

I'm working on a simple panel method solver based on thin airfoil theory and I would like to validate my code using wind tunnel data. Is there any place where I can find pressure distribution data ...
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What is the effect of wing flex on wing's airfoil shape and its performance effect on wing?

There are good amount of discussion on wing flex in this forum. I am more interested in understanding the effect of flex on aerofoil shape of the wing and its impact on flight performance. Do ...
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Turbulent flows over 6 series airfoils

6 Series Airfoils were developed to enhance the laminar flow region over the airfoil. But, the Reynolds number at which planes fly are high for the flow to be Laminar. Then what's point of introducing ...
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When calculating the lift coefficient, what area is used?

Lets say I had this rectangular double curve wing. Orange represents the chord length, red represents the airfoil outline length below the chord line, green represents the airfoil outline length above ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which books should I study to understand more about Supercritical airfoils?

I want to understand the theory behind supercritical airfoils and all the details about them. It would be nice if I could get a standard supercritical airfoil, its experimental Cl, Cd data in the ...
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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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What airfoil design does the MQ-9 Reaper UAV use?

What airfoil design does the MQ-9 Reaper UAV use? Alternatively, what similar airfoil designs exist? I'm running simulations for the effects of vortex generators for a school project and I would ...
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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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What airfoil is used on the Lazair ultralight?

This is the airfoil of the famous Lazair ultralight. What is the name of this airfoil?
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Why the dynamic pressure is not mentioned in the explanation of lift by Bernoulli's principle?

Usual "explanation" of lift using Bernoulli principle This theory is: Air over the wing is accelerated, its dynamic pressure increases with velocity. The static pressure over the wing decreases (due ...
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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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Documentation about “drag stabilized flying wings using non-reflex airfoils”?

What provides lift is the wing, but it is unstable without one stabilizer. Flying wings airfoils, or reflex airfoils, carry their stabilizer inside them, through a reversed camber of the trailing ...
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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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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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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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Do negative angles-of-attack create lift?

(wikimedia.org) A typical curve showing section lift coefficient versus angle of attack for a cambered airfoil. Based on the graph above, do negative angle-of-attack values create lift? How?
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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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