# Questions tagged [lift]

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

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### How do wings generate lift?

Just the basic question that every aviation enthusiast must be curious about: exactly how does a wing generate lift?
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### I need to find either the relationship between power and lift force in helicopters (RC ones if possible) [migrated]

My original goal was to investigate the relationship between voltage and lift force in toy helicopters, however i've been advised that it will be easier to find help with the relationship between ...
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### Will ice on an airfoil work as a vortex generator?

Vortex generators are little fans that generate vortex to attach flow to an airfoil and delay stall. If frost or ice are formed on an airfoil, technically they also generate turbulence and vortex,I am ...
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### How can I estimate the coefficient of lift for take off?

For the CLto (take off lift coefficient), is there some way to estimate this? I was thinking of using CLmax but wouldn’t this be too big? I was thinking maybe CL cruise?
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### How do I calculate where a wing is most likely to break?

I want to make a delta wing out of carbon fiber, but I do not know how many carbon fiber layers would be needed to prevent the wing from breaking due to shear stress. What would be the calculations ...
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### What is the best combination of airfoil shape for flight in ground effect over water?

What is the best airfoil shape for flight in ground effect over water?
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### Why airflow travels faster on upper wings?

I have been looking for solutions and come up with two popular explanations: Conservation of mass / Continuity For a positive-cambered wing, the streamlines would be compressed/converged at the ...
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### The stall velocity condition: Exactly what is stall velocity? [closed]

Question: if my stall velocity is 20m/s, then... If the airplane is travelling at a velocity greater than or equal to the stall velocity, can one assume the plane will not stall? Can one assume that ...
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### Are horizontal engine pylons generally shaped to provide lift (in either direction)?

Most civil multiengine jets and some civil multiengine propeller aircraft have engines mounted in nacelles on the ends of pylons extending some distance away from the wing or fuselage. Wing-mounted ...
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### Why does lift decrease and drag increase when approaching the stall condition?

This is an ECQB-PPL question specifically asking what happens before the stall. I do understand that after the critical angle has been reached, the airfoil is no longer generating lift (so obviously ...
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### Can induced drag be negative?

For an aircraft in straight and level flight, lift-induced drag is the horizontal component of the force perpendicular to the wing chord. Positively cambered aerofoils generate lift starting at small ...
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### How complete is our understanding of lift?

I'm currently studying for my PPL and one of the accepted textbooks contains the following disclaimer at the end of the Principles of Flight section on lift: It is important to note that the forgoing ...
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### Does lift equal weight in a climb?

This subject keeps coming up in the discussions and questions such as this one, which asks if lift equals weight in level flight. Good answers there, pointing out that upwards force has many sources. ...
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### If an elliptically-shaped aerofoil gives the optimum lift distribution, why aren't propeller blades designed around this ideal?

So given an elliptical lift distribution is the most efficient, why are propellers not designed around this? Props aren't affected by the adverse stall characteristics that concern a "main", ...
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### Is it possible for the lift force unit vector to be equal to the weight force unit vector?

I know that the drag force is parallel to the direction of flow, thus equal to the unit vector of velocity. But if you consider a vehicle, when its angle of attack is below the velocity vector from a ...
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### How to recognize the horizontal winglet in the Horten design, or the experimental glider in this video?

Comments below the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center video Proving Prandtl- With A Twist! incclude: This video is entirely a hidden jewel in youtube, it deserves much more attention than what it ...
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### Help with calculate forces from pressure distribution

V=50m/s deltaPg= -981 Pa deltaPd=490,5 Pa c=1m r.com/PCshZ.png Above is calculate Fz with integrals and with average pressure. Why F3 is calculate from 0 to C/2 if pressure distribution is drawn at ...
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### How to solve normal and axial aerodynamic force coefficients integral equation to calculate lift coefficient for an airfoil?

$$c_n = \frac{1}{c} \left[ \int_0^c (C_{p,l} - C_{p,u}) \, dx + \int_0^c \left(c_{f, u} \frac{dy_u}{dx} + c_{f,l} \frac{dy_l}{dx} \right) dx \right]$$  c_a = \frac{1}{c} \left[ \int_0^c \left(C_{p,...
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### Principle of aerodynamic lift: are misconceptions also taught in flight schools?

Describing lift as the result of "equal transit time" on both sides of an airfoil is a fallacious theory widely found in technical books and articles for general public (see below for details about ...
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### Why is ground effect greater over smooth hard surfaces?

Helicopter Flying Handbook: Ground effect is the increased efficiency of the rotor system caused by interference of the airflow when near the ground. The air pressure or density is increased, ...
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### Does an airfoil in supersonic flow have zero circulation?

In incompressible flow, the Kutta-Joukowski theorem can be used to relate the lift (per unit span) to the circulation around an airfoil. However, if we look at an airfoil or the flat plate (see below) ...
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### What is the effect of flow separation on lift, pressure distribution and drag?

Consider an airfoil (a wing) in an airflow. When angle of attack increases, at some point the flow start to separate from trailing edge. By increasing the angle of attack more, this separation area ...
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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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### 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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### 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 is the CG assumed to be between the CP and the tail?

While discussing stability (Longitudinal, Lateral, Directional), invariably, all texts assume CG to be between CP and tail. Ex: Look at the specific image in wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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### Will air accelerate over a wing and generate lift, if the air has zero viscosity? [duplicate]

Will air accelerate over a wing, if the air has zero viscosity? Will the wing produce any lift under these conditions?
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### Streamline Curvature Theorem applied to Airfoils?

I am new to studying aerodynamics and taking up aeromodelling and am currently learning how lift is obtained in-depth. When studying the two common explanations as to how lift is generated by an ...
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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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### Why does a stall decrease lift, rather than increasing it?

A stall occurs when the angle of attack of a wing or other airfoil becomes so high that the airflow over the upper surface of the wing separates from the wing, rather than remaining attached to it; ...
### 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 ...