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The force acting on an aircraft in opposition to gravity which keeps the aircraft in the air.

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Computing Cl using Cp values? [duplicate]

So, from a Lab, I have Cp values for an incidence corresponding x/c on the upper and lower surfaces and I would like to calculate the Cl value at this incidence. I'd like to do this through python, so ...
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Why generation of lift is more at mid span of the wing?

For the same condition like same density, wing area, free-stream velocity, From the above figure one can see more pressure differential and hence more lift at mid span of the wing? What causes this ...
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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 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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Do turbofan nacelles generate lift?

Since they are essentially an annular wing, how much do they contribute if at all to an aircraft's total lift? Would the effect of this lift be noticeable enough to help cancel out the drag they ...
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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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Whats the effect of aerofoil camber and thickness on Clmax and Cdmin?

Does anyone have any experimental references/wind tunnel testing testing data for various thickness and/or camber?
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Does the center of lift have to be in line with the center of mass?

Imagine 2 theoretical planes, A and B, shown in the image below. The center of mass is yellow, and the center of lift is blue. Would plane A and plane B work as well as an airplane with the center of ...
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Is there any plane that has wing of both aerodynamic and geometric twist?

For the proper lift distribution, afaik either of the twist are used? Is there any significant difference having one over another and both? Thank you. The above question has one line answer and both ...
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Would this quadrilateral-shaped airfoil produce lift with a zero angle of attack?

I have been recently studying the shapes and characteristics of different high-lift airfoils that have been used for VTOL aircrafts. While studying these different designs today, a particular ...
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How to distinguish the induced drag of a lift-producing wing from its pressure drag?

Quote John Anderson Fundamentals of Aerodynamics: "The three-dimensional flow simply alters the pressure distribution on the finite wingin such a fashion that a net pressure imbalance exists in the ...
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Could propeller wash provide sufficient lift to take off - even in theory?

I know this seems a crazy thing to ask but it is not the same as lifting oneself by the bootstraps. If you try to lift yourself that way, there are two equal and opposite forces, yet there are ...
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What is the reason why dihedrals are used when building a plane? [duplicate]

How does dihedral affect flight characteristics of a plane? I know it increases stability, however is it the only reason why it is implemented? If so, aren’t there more effective methods to stabilize ...
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Will this specially shaped can produce any lift?

I am wondering if a specially shaped can will produce any lift as it moves through the air. Please reference the drawing below: This drawing is showing a hollow can that has been cut so that it will ...
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When using the Source Panel method and dealing only with sources and sinks, why do lift and drag equal zero?

I am trying to deal with the airfoil with the "Source Panel method", and when I try to calculate the lift and drag, they always equal to zero. And I have found an explanation in some ...
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How calculated the drag coefficient lift coefficient with pressure coefficient?

I have got the Cp Plot on a wing, now I am trying to calculate Cl and Cd. And the angle of attack is 0 degrees, the wing has been split into N Panels, and the normal vector ni for every Panel is ...
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At any given weight or altitude, an aircraft will always lift-off at the same? [closed]

A: Calibrated Air Speed (CAS) B: True Air Speed (TAS) C: Ground Speed D: Equivalent Air Speed (EAS) I think the answer is CAS, but I also think it could be TAS but, isn't TAS calculated after ...
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Why is air accelerating over the wing surface?

I know that there are dozens of questions about lift generation here but after reading them I still don't understand everything. My question is: why does air accelerate over the (upper side) wing? I ...
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What happens in an F-16 once the aircraft exeeds its service ceiling?

What exactly is the sequence of events that would unfold as an F-16 attempts to exceed its service ceiling? The scenario is simply full afterburner and attempting to simply climb higher and higher (at ...
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The lift and moment of the tail equations

We have The lift of the tail, $$ L_t = C_L.q.S_t $$ The moment of the tail around c.g. $$ M_(cg,t) = C_M.q.S.c $$ look at the S in the two equations. Why the lift of the tail is proportional to the ...
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How does vorticity change the lift coefficient of an airfoil?

For airfoils in unsteady motion, the lift coefficient oscillates and the wake is characterized by vortex shedding. How does vortex shedding affect the lift coefficient for an airfoil?
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How can we find maximum lift coefficient of Airfoil?

I am trying to find the maximum Lift coefficient for airfoil NACA 64A-404. I chose this airfoil for wing. I am stuck at finding the Clmax. I tried to use javafoil but javafoil is showing Cl less than ...
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Does thin airfoil theory work at very high angles of attack?

Thin airfoil theory says that lift coefficient is directly proportional to the angle of attack in radians. I haven't been able to find any limit, short of stall, for applying this theory. It would ...
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Does an increase in lift always cause an increase in lift-induced drag?

An increase in lift causes an increase in drag. Is it always true? I am confused with two points. Lift increases with an increase in airspeed but induced drag reduces with an increase in airspeed. ...
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What is area in equation of lift?Does it remain constant during flight? [duplicate]

I am beginner & learning aerodynamics concept. What is area in equation of lift(L) =Coffecient of lift x area x density x square of velocity/2. Does increase in angle of attack increases the area &...
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Does bi-wings create essentially double the uplift as single wings?

This puzzles me a bit, and I cannot find the answer anywhere. Does bi-wings create essentially double the uplift as single wings?
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How to calculate CL with the use of MTOW?

I have a problem that it gives us the MTOW of a UAV (200 kg), the speed and the reference area. So its probably easy to find the CL knowing that it flights at steady level flight (L = W). I'm confused ...
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How to find the static stall angle of attack for a given airfoil at given Re?

For vertical axis wind turbines applications I'm wondering how one would find the static stall angle of an airfoil at a given Reynold number? Is it just the critical angle of attach (AoA) where ...
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Is drag the only aerodynamic force that acts upon an asymmetric body (a glider in particular) travelling through the air?

It is known that for a symmetric body, like a sphere falling through the air, the only aerodynamic force that acts upon it is the drag that points always in the opposite direction relative to its ...
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Is the total lift of a quadcopter the sum of the lift from each propeller?

In this diagram each rotor R1,R2,R3,R4 has an individual lift force of 490 N. All combined, does the total force on this aircraft equal to 1960 N? The aircraft in question is similar to a quadcopter.
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Why the gradient of $C_L$-$\alpha$ graph increases with the Mach number?

From the JAA ATPL Book 13 (Principles of flight) the gradient $\frac{dC_L}{d\alpha}$ of the $C_L$-$\alpha$ graph increases for higher Mach numbers. Can someone explain why this is the case?
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What is the amount of lift produced by friction?

As Mr. John D. Anderson states, the aerodynamic forces on a body are due to only two sources: pressure distribution over the body and shear stress distribution. Shear stress is acting tangential to ...
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What is boundary layer tripping?

I came across the term "Boundary layer tripping" but I can't really underastand it. After searching on internet I cannot find any video or an image explaining that concept. Could you please explain ...
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Tapered Wing Providing low Coefficient of Lift

Hi I am currently analyzing different wing designs using ANSYS Fluent. One of my designs has a straight leading edge but a swept trailing edge thus it is tapered with wing root chord at 50mm and wing ...
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How does an aircraft maintain an orientation that was actually caused by a external disturbance?

What is the difference between centre of pressure, aerodynamic centre and neutral point? At this link, there is an image used to explain the answer, but not much has been spoken about it. I ...
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Why do autogyros exist? [duplicate]

This question has been intriguing me for some time. In Autogyro the rotary blades merely acts as what fixed wings act in normal aircrafts to generate lift. So why not simply have a fixed wing instead ...
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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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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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Would it be a good idea to use dihedral on a biplane?

My engineering class uses model plane kits to build "frankenflyers" which use parts from multiple model planes to make one plane that will carry a maximum load (pennies). I was wondering what the best ...
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At which angle tiltrotor's rotors generates more lift?

[Tiltrotor 1] [Tiltrotor 2] I can't name these tiltrotors. I just want to know which of the tiltrotors generate more lift considering aerodynamics and based upon the rotors ...
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Is there any bibliography for triplane aircraft design?

I've been tasked with designing an RC aircraft that has the greatest lift force for a specified wingspan, total length and takeoff velocity, and thus have been studying the different wing ...
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Does downwash increase or reduce lift generation?

I’m wondering about the impact of downwash on lift generation. I've read that, because downwash creates lift according to Newton's third law of motion, increases in downwash due to greater AoA (...
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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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Why don't smaller powered airplanes have better lift-to-drag ratios?

Many airliners have LDRs near 20, and it sounds like the electric Eviation Alice may have an LDR of 24 at 240 kts, but many small planes typically have LDRs of only 8-10. It seems like they could ...
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Aerodynamics of Flight Control Surfaces

From what it appears to me, flight control surfaces seem to be taken for granted. In terms of how they actually work and what kind of physical outputs they give in terms of forces and such. Take for ...
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Derivation of the Takeoff equation

I am trying to understand the derivation of some simple equations to calculate the neccecary takeoff speed for an airplane (under ideal conditions). Which is taken from 15. Takeoff and Landing. My ...
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What is the definition of Lift?

Lift is a term that is used very frequently here, but I cannot find any post explaining what it is exactly. I am looking for the exact definition of lift, not an explanation of how it is generated. ...
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Can a wing generate lift in excess of its aircraft's weight?

"For a plane or bird to fly, its wings must produce enough lift to equal its weight. " I got that excerpt from "https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/300-wings-and-lift". My questions: (1) Can ...

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