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Aerodynamic drag is the fluid drag force that acts on any moving solid body in the direction of the fluid freestream flow. Part of the drag is the direct consequence of the wing generating lift.

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How does a forward lifting surface affect ideal lift distribution of a main wing?

In Peter K's answer to this elliptical wing with lowest drag question the minimum induced drag lift distribution for a wing is described as one with a constant downwash angle across its span. When a ...
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Do all Fuselage sections have same performances?

The Burnelli machines had an airfoil shaped fuselage; some indicate near 10% of lift in a 21 century airliner comes from fuselage; 'Flying Wing' concept is old, and still attracts many; bottom of ...
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How can my CD0 estimation be improved?

In this question (link) @PeterKämpf asked me to give a basis for my results. I will share my method for estimation here to see if you guys agree it is correct and how I can improve on it. Note that I ...
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How does the drag coefficient behave at transonic and supersonic speeds for swept wing aircraft?

I was reading about wave drag and Concorde recently and found some contradictory information relating to drag. For example Wikipedia says: Afterburner was added to Concorde for take-off to cope with ...
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Does form drag require skin drag?

Theoretically, if there was sphere with zero skin drag, would that make form drag nonexistent? If fluid could flow around symetric object whose shape doesnt generate any lift without any skin friction,...
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Why does NASA say $v^2$ is velocity squared rather than speed squared?

Lift and drag forces scale as the square of the relative flow speed, $v$. But speed is the magnitude of the velocity vector; that is, speed is the square root of the sum of the squared velocity ...
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How do I calculate induced drag? [closed]

How would I go about solving this problem? An aircraft has 6000lbs of total lift and a downwash angle of 6 degrees. Remember that the total lift vector is tilted aft by HALF the downwash angle. What ...
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Are the lift / drag coefficients considered dimensionless?

Since the lift coefficient, $C_L$, and the drag coefficient, $C_D$, are obtained by rescaling the full lift and drag by $$\frac12 \rho A v^2$$ does that mean they're dimensionless numbers? It's ...
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Do high wings aircraft create an additional vortex in the middle?

At the same time, the air on the upper surface has a tendency to flow in toward the fuselage and off the trailing edge. This air current forms a similar vortex at the inboard portion of the trailing ...
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Why does stalling increase drag?

I understand (I think) why lift reduces in a stall. What I don't understand is why drag increases. I can see that the ratio of drag to lift would increase, but I'm not sure I understand the mechanism ...
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Exam question on upwash and downwash, follow-up to earlier post

I asked before about the difference between wingtip and delta wing leading-edge vortices and got a really comprehensive, concise answer, although one that I think contradicts what I've learnt ...
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Formula for comparing drag on planes flying at different speeds at different altitudes. Ex: Mach .80 at 40,000 ft, vs Mach 5 at 100,000 ft

I am interested in getting a sense of how much extra energy is needed to overcome drag at different speeds and altitudes. For example, for me a baseline would the drag on an airplane flying something ...
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What is the relationship between aspect ratio and lift-dependent drag? [duplicate]

It has been a long held view that aspect ratio of the wing has a significant role to play in the lift-dependent drag. However, mixed opinions have been expressed on the importance of aspect ratio in ...
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Coefficient of Parasitic Drag - What is the Preferred Basis of Measurement?

In attempting to determine the coefficient of Parasitic (Zero Lift) Drag - the cD0 - for various aircraft, I have discovered that there appear to be several ways this number is represented: by ...
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Drag estimation of Xfoil and Vortex Lattice Method?

I have been working on building a software to estimate lift and drag properties of a fixed wing being tested at a wind tunnel. The setup is a low AR wing with NACA0012 profile and 0.3m chord, with 0.4 ...
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How much drag does the wings of a Winged EVTOLs like Lilium produces while take-off?

I looked into several questions related to liliums design, and it is confirmed the wings of lilium produces drag during take-off but i just don't know how to calculate the drag produced due to the ...
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What would be the Sref i.e. Reference Wing Area for Drag Build Up Calculation in case of a box wing design?

Would Sref be sum of areas of both, the front and the back wing? or just one wing? Assuming both the wings have equal areas (image below) Details - So, I am calculating drag using the component drag ...
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Does lift-to-drag ratio asymptote to 4 (or 6) at high Mach numbers?

The Kuchemann equations for L/D at high mach numbers, approximately verified by wind tunnel tests, were: $$\left(\frac{L}{D}\right)_{max} = \frac{4\cdot(M+3)}{M}$$ and, for wave riders $$\left(\frac{L}...
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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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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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Why does it feel like a plane stops in mid-air during approach?

At some stage while on approach to an airport in a commercial jet, it feels like the plane is almost coming to a complete stop in mid-air. Is this maybe as a result of the flaps engaging or the ...
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What surface materials do airplanes use to reduce friction?

Full swimming body suits were banned from Olympic Games a few years ago because some materials have less friction than skin and contestants that could not afford gear to increase their performance ...
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Can boundary layer blowing increase transonic efficiency?

One of the problems faced by transonic aircraft is flow separation by recompression shock. Can the pressure drag that arises due to this flow separation be reduced by re-emerging the boundary layer ...
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Why aren't isentropic noses and tails used in supersonic aircraft?

An inside out paraboloid would theoretically produce isentropic compression for an inlet cone. But this question is about nose and tail cones on fuselages, and leading and trailing edges of wings. An ...
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Induced drag reduction from tandem wing

Induced drag is proportional to the square of span loading. The normal method to decrease it would be to increase span. This, however, leads to an exponential weight increase. So, my question is, if ...
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drag force relationship with cube of speed?

So I saw this physics website that said drag grows quadratically with speed. Meaning the drag force at 200 km/h is 4 times what it is at 100 km/h. Ok I'm fine with that. But then it said the work ...
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Explained intuitively, why does aspect ratio affect induced drag?

Over the last few hours, I've been trying to intuitively understand induced drag, and how aspect ratio affects it. I already know the equations, but while they explain the relationship, they do not ...
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How do wing tip vortices that interact with the wing surface affect drag?

Often people say vortices are behind the wing so they cannot produce drag, I am not interested in those vortices behind the wing.... I am interested how wing tip vortices which interact with the ...
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How much is thickness of air layer with zero velocity at wing surface?

How thick is the layer of air that is not moving(zero velocity) at the surface of wing, and can this be taller than the relative roughness height? Because everything that is inside this layer (V=0) ...
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Is skin friction also pressure drag looking at microscopic level?

Roughness in boudary layer is taller than height of air which is not moving ,feel oncoming airflow in boudary layer, at front side must be high pressure at rear low pressure etc,so net force is to the ...
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How much energy does unretracted landing gear consume?

I am interested in finding energy consumption (% kN) of unretracted landing gear (on a jet fighter) per hour. Although the shape and size tell us how much drag is being produced I need a general rule ...
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How much is an airliner's drag coefficient?

How much is an airliner's Cd, using the frontal area as reference point. I want to compare values with cars and others objects, tear drops, cube etc. Is Cd measured at zero lift AoA or when the plane ...
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What is the 'optimal' taper ratio?

I mean the optimal taper ratio for an unswept trapezoidal wing for minimising induced drag. I see a lot of places recommending a value of 0.45 to give as close to an elliptical distribution, therefore ...
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How can the lift induced drag for a wing be calculated?

I have found a lot of information to calculate drag coefficients and I know that total drag can be calculated by $$ D = \frac{1}{2} \rho u^2 S C_d $$ However I was wondering, if I substitute the zero ...
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Would large, low aspect ratio fan/propeller blades be more efficient? Why not?

With reference to this answer We read in the above that accelerating a larger mass of air by a smaller amount is (theoretically) more efficient. This is an advantage of a larger propeller than is ...
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What exactly happens to kinetic energy in the turbulent layer on an aerofoil?

Sources I've read contains contradicting information. As far as I know, when the laminar airflow breaks up, it becomes a thicker and draggy layer, causing a layer of what essentially is slowed air; ...
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How does area ruling cancel drag from bodies that are neither upstream nor downstream of each other?

This might sound like a silly question, but it's one I've had for quite some time. (source) How is having that.....waist okay? I mean, the more complicated your body is, the more drag it creates, ...
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How do coefficient of lift/drag variation with speed differs between swept and unswept wings?

Trying to understand the coefficient of lift/drag of swept and unswept wings as speed increases. Some example questions and statements- A swept wing will have a lower max Cl at subsonic and ...
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What is the difference between interference drag and form drag? [duplicate]

What are the differences between interference drag and form drag? And which factors affect them?
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For subsonic aircraft, would adopting a higher wing loading decrease drag?

First, let's assume that problems with approach/TO speeds can be fixed by high-lift devices. Here we read that the wings create more drag than the fuselage. So, an improvement seems obvious; shrink ...
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Database for NACA airfoil polars [closed]

Is there anywhere where I can find a database of experimental or CFD-obtained NACA series four or series 6 airfoil data? I'd like to have access to a relatively large set of high-fidelity drag polars/$...
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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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Could drag in a turn be twice the drag of that encountered in straight and level flight?

I Just wanted to see if my understanding of drag is correct, as I am unsure. I understand that during straight and level flight, the drag can be calculated as: With the first term being the parasitic ...
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Determining the total drag of a propeller driven aircraft while turning with a load factor of n = 2?

I understand that the total drag includes the parasitic and induced component, with the parasitic component being the same as with straight and level flight. How do I calculate the induced component? ...
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What was the lift-to-drag ratio for WWI biplanes?

I will be interested to know what was the lift-to-drag ration for a few more known WWI biplanes at take-off, cruise and landing speed; with the propeller running, stopped or non existent (tests in ...
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Is lift/drag the same as coefficient of lift/coefficient of drag?

I see it being used interchangeably (for example by Airfoil Tools Fusion360 AddIn), so can I just pick an airfoil from the airfoiltools database with a certain CL/CD for my aircraft and assume L/D is ...
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I calculated that Flyer I and II (1903-04) of the Wright brothers were underpowered. Are there better (drag, lift) coefficients than those of Culick?

Based on what the Wright brothers said in a few letters and two article (all relevant excerpts have been attached to this post), and also using the experimental data in the study "AERODYNAMICS, ...
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Is it possible for a plane to accelerate easily from 30 to 45 mph in flight while it struggles to reach 30 mph (the engine runs at constant power)?

In two letters sent to Dr. G. A. Spratt (an aviation enthusiast), Wilbur Wright reported the progress he and his brother had made, up to September 10, 1904, regarding Flyer II, a plane powered by a 16-...
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Why does a mid-wing aircraft have lower drag?

Why does an airplane having a mid-wing have lower drag than high- or low-wing configuration even if they have wing of same shape and size? This article (PDF) claims it's true.
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Wing vs wall to wall wing,total drag comparation at same AoA?

Compare total drag of wall to wall wing vs wing(open tips) in wind tunnel,AT SAME AoA. My first intuition is that wall to wall wing has higher pressure drag at outward parts of wing,because side-walls ...

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