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The 2D shape of a section of aircraft wing.

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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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Where can I find articles about Handley Page multi element segmented airfoils?

Can anyone direct me to a source containing the complete article on Handley Page's 6 and 8 element airfoils from Flight magazine Feb 24, 1921 (PDF) or further more detailed information on this subject....
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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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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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Why is the critical AoA of most flaps 40° when most airfoils stall at 15°?

A plain flap deflected 40 degrees is largely stalled (...) Flaps stall at 40° according to an answer on Quora, why is this so when typical airfoils stall at 15°?
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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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Can this design provide more lift force than thrust from engine?

The problem is depicted in the picture: Generally, why we don't use engine blow wings to fly? Can we use wind-tunnel-like wing to generate lift force? Can it generate more lift than thrust? If it ...
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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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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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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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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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How to find coordinates of the geometric center of a NACA 4-digit airfoil?

For a project that my team and I are working on, we are using Autodesk Inventor Professional 2018 (student license) for 3D modelling. We are working on NACA airfoils. I need to create an 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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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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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 ...
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Was the B727's wing supercritical (even if not so designed)?

The Boeing 727's wing upper surface appears unusually flat, especially at the root (Albeit at an angle). Refer to the images linked below: airlinereporter.com Flickr Also from Flickr Was the B727'...
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How do I choose the correct airfoil for my fast cargo UAV project?

I am not able to decide which airfoil to choose for my UAV project as I am confused. I need to lift a maximum of 100kg of extra payload excluding the aircraft's fuel and empty weight. Cruise velocity ...
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What is the function of a sweep cable?

This is Goat3 ultralight with sweep cables,what is the fuction of these sweep cables?
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Is inverted flight possible under these conditions? [duplicate]

My understanding of flight is that the primary aspect is the angle of deflection, and the purposes of the shape of the wing is to maximise efficiency. Could a commercial airliner with asymmetric ...
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Which airfoil would be optimum for a glider?

The glider I am designing has a mission requirement to fly for as much time as possible. It will fly in the low Re range of about 150,000 to 250,000. While comparing different airfoils I am looking ...
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What is the purpose of this span wise “false spar” on Affordaplane wings?

This is the wing of an Affordaplane Ultralight,what is the use of those spanwise foam boards between the foam ribs,I know it's not for aesthetics.
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How to transform a NACA airfoil into a near-circle using the inverse Karman-Trefftz?

Is there anyway to find the leading-edge's center of curvature of a NACA Airfoil? I'm trying to transform a NACA airfoil into a near-circle using the inverse Karman-Trefftz transformation. the ...
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Transonic buffet - reason for a rapid movements of the shockwave along the wing chord line?

I know that transonic aerodynamic buffet is caused by the separated turbulent boundary layer striking the airframe (horizontal stabilizer, wings, fuselage) with considerable force causing a high ...
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Why does a turbulent boundary layer cause more friction drag than a laminar boundary layer?

From what I understand, friction is caused by viscosity and a bigger Reynolds number signifies lower viscosity. Thus, a higher Reynolds number(i.e. turbulent flow) results in lower friction. But, ...
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Winglet design and airfoil selection

I'm currently in the process of designing a winglet for my low speed aircraft in xflr. While researching about winglets I read in a Boeing article that if the baseline outboard wing is relatively ...
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Why should the leading edge be blunt on low-speed, subsonic airfoils?

I have read that is to help the flow remains attached, but I do not understand the physical principle.
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Airfoils designed for reverse flow [duplicate]

This question might seem strange as almost all aircraft have the air flowing over the wing in only one direction. However if you wanted to design an airfoil would have a good L/D in the forward flow ...
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How do wing ribs withstand lateral lift force?

During roll,there is a vertical component of lift that keeps the plane in the air and an horizontal component that actually rolls the plane,how are wing ribs designed to help withstand this vertical(...
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How (or where) do I find an airfoil optimized for low reynolds numbers (100,000~150,000)?

Looking to build a RC plane. Because the span is going to be small and the speed relatively low, I estimate the R-number to be around 100,000. Is there an airfoil optimized for that range of Reynold's ...
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Why do airfoil's trailing edges point downward?

The trailing edge of and airfoil is mostly pointing downward. Is there any reason for that? Down wash increases drag and down wash is due to the direction of air pointing down. If the trailing edge is ...
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What is wing trammelling?

What is wing trammelling and how does it affect wing stability and performance?
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How to calculate Reynolds number?

How do I calculate the Reynolds number of a wing with wing chord,1.2m and speed of 60km/h
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Is there a downwash equation?

I need to find an equation for the following problem: Suppose a full-size glider passes 10 feet over my head at high speed. No doubt I will feel the downward air pressure (downwash) caused by the ...
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How does centre of pressure change with angle of attack?

I've been given the distance of centre of pressure from the leading edge with a certain angle of attack and was wondering if it's possible to calculate the new position when the angle of attack ...
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What is the purpose of thinner airfoils used near wing tips?

I know that a thicker airfoil at root will strengthen the root spar but what is the reason behind using thinner airfoils at the tip? Is it because thinner airfoils have higher stalling angles of ...
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Why does the stagnation point on airfoil move with the angle of attack?

What is the physical explanation for the reason the stagnation point is where it is? And, why does it move further down the lower side of the airfoil with an increase in angle of attack?
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Are there multiple reasons for the decrease in pressure over a wing?

I'm aware that the decrease in pressure over the wing is due to the curvature of the airfoil which causes a pressure loss due to the spreading of the air as it is redirected. But is it also due to ...
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How does the position of the center of pressure change with the use of different high lift devices?

How is the position of the center of pressure affected by different high lift device deployments? My guesses are: When I use a high lift device that just increases the chord length, it moves ...
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Is it best to use a thick airfoil or an undercambered airfoil for slow speed flight?

The more the thickness,the more the frontal resistance,hence the more the drag a thick airfoil will produce. Under cambered can help increase lift without increasing the airfoil thickness , therefore ...
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Why flaps can deflect up to 25°+ without stalling the wings? [duplicate]

According to this graph,plain flaps have their highest Cl at about 2 and stalls at about 15°,my question is how then do airplane flaps reach 25°+ of delflection when this gragh clearly states that ...
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Would the Wright Flyer have flown better with thicker airfoils?

The Wright Flyer(s) flew with very little wing thickness,would they have flown higher, faster and longer if the wings had greater thickness? Secondly, how do thickness and camber affect a wing's ...
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Is airfoil thickness proportional to drag coefficient?

Does increase in the thickness of a camber airfoil mean more drag will be produced? Why do slow flying planes have thick airfoils when it will just slow them down even more?
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Is the lift produced by a wing with a 10° flap equal to the lift created by a wing with 10° AOA but with no flap?

After reading this article I would like to know if the lift produced by a wing with a 10° flap is equal to the lift created by a wing with 10° AOA but with no flap?