# Questions tagged [wing]

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### Why is hybrid laminar flow control preferred for swept wings over other options?

As I understand it, a (the?) major form of laminar-to-turbulent transition on the swept wings of large jets is the crossflow caused by the sweep. One way to control this is laminar flow control by ...
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### Is/why isn't the Antonov 124 to 225 wing upgrade method common?

I'm told that wing redesigns (edit: for tapered, swept wings) are difficult, so variants of a model often do with a common wing optimized for the middle member. But then I read the following: Based ...
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### How does wing shape impact shock structure?

I am trying to understand what the 3D shock structure would be for a wing in supersonic flow. Suppose we have a wing which is made of double-wedge airfoil cross-sections. If we view the shock ...
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### How do you calculate the wing moment coefficient knowing the moment at each spanwise station?

A lot of theoretical formulas exist for finding the moment coefficient for airfoils, but I have been confused by how to get the moments for a wing. I came up with three related questions that have ...
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### How can a designer deal with a strict requirement when designing an aircraft?

I'm working on designing an aircraft with some specific requirements (Vstall, Vmax, Ceiling, Payload, Range, RoC, Slanding/takeoff etc). I'm following Anderson's and Raymer's ways (trying to find the ...
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### What is the angle of Incidence of wing of Airbus A320?

What is the Angle of Incidence/ Mounting Angle of the wing of AIRBUS A320?
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### Why are there so few high-wing jetliners? [duplicate]

So far, we have only seen a few civilian jet transports with high wings. All of them BAe 146, Do 328JET, seem to be regional jets. Yet military jet transports are almost completely high-wing. Why aren'...
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### Can the wing stagnation point be bled off and used for laminar flow control?

The stagnation point at the leading edge contains slow-moving, slightly compressed air. This sounds ideal for laminar flow control. This slow air will create little losses in ducts, and it's pressure ...
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### Could an arrow planform be better for a supersonic aircraft than a delta? Why?

From this review paper Page 11: Strut-bracing for the SST allows very significant reductions in both vortex and wave DDL via an extreme arrow configuration and could be favourable to LFC via reduced ...
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### Would supersonic bi/tri/multiplane wings have less lift interference drag than a subsonic version?

Biplane wings interfere with each other, reducing the total lift often to about only 20% more than a mono wing of the same chord and span. But at supersonic speeds - say, Mach 2, where Mach angle is ...
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### How do slats actually work?

I want to know what is the difference between slats and flaps and the mechanism of the slats This what I know and researched about flaps: Flaps are a kind of high-lift device used to reduce the ...
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### Why does the mass penalty of cantilever vs externally braced wing decrease with aircraft size?

From Wikipedia Cantilever wings require a much heavier spar than would otherwise be needed in cable-stayed designs. However, as the size of an aircraft increases, the additional weight penalty ...
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### Why do airlines not paint the wings on their livery? Why? [duplicate]

Does anyone know why airlines do not paint the wings on their aircraft? What is the reason why?
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### Can aircraft fly without wings? [duplicate]

Is it possible that a aircraft can fly without having wings? I am wondering if somehow it can fly then will aircraft will be able to maintain the balance.
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### What exactly is "plunge?"

I'm doing a project in which i'm attempting to model the motion of a wing using a system of second order differential equations. This is a 2-degree-of-freedom model based on the quantities pitch, a(t),...
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### What are typical values of the lift-to-drag ratio for normal small aircraft?

Hi I am trying to do a rough estimation of forces acting on an aircraft wing and would like to know what kind of lift to drag ratio is normal. The exact profile hasn't been chosen yet, but the ...
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### How can a designer maximize the glide ratio of an aircraft with low aspect ratio wings, other than by increasing the aspect ratio?

As I understand it, the gliding range is given by a lift to drag ratio—hence to increase the gliding range, I would want to increase the lift and reduce the drag as much as possible. To that end, ...
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### What is the threshold between high Aspect Ratios and low Aspect Ratios?

Oftentimes when describing flying organisms and vehicles, their wings are said to have a "high aspect ratio" or a "low aspect ratio". Sometimes the papers (that I read) gave the numbers, but more ...
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### Design lift coefficient of an airfoil

I have the design lift coefficient of the plane during the cruise condition. Now, I want to calculate the lift coefficient required by the airfoil which makes up the wing, taking into account the ...
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### Can such an aircraft take off vertically?

The compressor ejects compressed air from the gap at high speed. The red arrow represents the path of compressed air. It is lift that adjusts the speed of the compressed air to adjust the aircraft.
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### On which axis do we measure angle of attack and airspeed?

The lift value depends on the relative airspeed of the plane. That's what every website says without anymore explainations. But as we are talking about lift, are we talking about the relative speed ...
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### How is wing area defined?

When the plain "wing area" is given in basic aircraft specifications, what area does it usually refer to? Is the same area used for calculating the wing loading? For example I have a fuller ...
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### Why do flaps retract?

Why do flaps retract? I know, it might seem obvious at first, because of drag, but instead of retracting the flaps, can't they just make the flaps flexible enough to get into a reduced drag position, ...
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### Why do shockwaves progressively move aft as speed increses?

As an airfoil moves from subsonic to supersonic, the shocks that develop over the surface move progressively toward the trailing edge. What is the physical explanation for this behavior? As a side ...
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### Could a triplane fly using a dihedral wing in the middle?

I wonder if a triplane glider whose front view is shown in the figure can be built and flown successfully. As you can see, the middle wing has a dihedral angle, but the top and bottom wings do not. ...
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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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### why some airplanes have their exhaust gases vectored above the wing?

I was looking at images of the SkyCourier shown below and i have noticed the asymmetrical exhaust pipes in both engines (one pointing up and one is straight), doing my research on the internet, i ...
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### Why do all fifth generation fighters (J20, F22, SU57) put their wing above the fuselage?

I heard that upper wing could increase stability, but why do fighters need it? Or are there some other reasons? Please specify.
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### How do I reinforce a tubular spar that has been drilled vertically for an attachment bolt?

Previously posted a question about lift strut attachment to tubular wing spar with a bolt vertically through the spars. See drawing below. I tried using Bruhn's analysis book to formulate a a ...
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### Why do all fifth generation fighters (J20, F22, SU57) use Trapezoid wings?

It seems that trapezoid wings are used by all fifth generation fighters (although the wing of J20 looks quite like delta wing), but why? What made a trapezoid wing so attractive? Why don't they use ...
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### What's the wisdom of attaching an aircraft lift strut to a wing spar utilizing a single eye bolt vs the common two plate or strap method?

in the enclosed picture are three examples of types I'm speaking of. In the top picture, the lift struts are attached via a single eye bolt. The eye bolt is obviously vertical through the wingspar I ...
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### Why is a rectangular wing planform less efficient than others?

I read somewhere that a rectangular wing is inefficient compared to other wing planforms. Can someone clarify why this kind of wing planform is inefficient compared to other planforms and what causes ...
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### Does the Prandtl flying wing have a lower maximum speed than other designs?

Does the design of the wing with its "twist" near the wingtips necessarily limit the maximum speed of an aircraft utilising that technology? Also, with the leading edge profile/attack angle varying ...
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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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### How to calculate bending moments and shear forces on a wing?

I am trying to create a MATLAB script to plot the Bending Moment Diagram (BMD) and Shear Force Diagram (SFD) as a function of spanwise distance, x, along a wing from the wing root (x=0) to the wingtip ...
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### Elliptical wing planform and elliptical lift distribution

I know that there are similar topics already here, but after reading them I still do not understand everything. From what I know elliptical lift distribution gives the least amount of induced drag. ...
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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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### Airfoil and Wing Analysis for Transonic Speed (M = 0.85 and Re = 42 million)

I am working on a project where I have to design a plane which has to cruise at 0.85 Mach at 35,000 ft. While working on the wing design, I quickly discovered that 6 series airfoils, with a good ...
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### Does the tailplane have a positive/negative camber?

I've read that the tailplane produces negative lift, so does that mean it would function like an inverted wing (has negative camber)? The image below is the best illustration I could come up with. ...
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### Why were most of the first-generation-Learjet wing mods never approved for the Learjet 23?

First-generation (straight-wing1) Learjets (the 23, 24, 25, 35, and 36) are, rather infamously, beasts to fly, due in part to their hideous stall behaviour;2 due to their flow-separation-prone laminar-...
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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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### If the modern airliner was redesigned from scratch, would it look functionally different? [duplicate]

If the modern airliner (Boeing/Airbus) was redesigned from scratch today without any need for "backward compatibility", would it look functionally different from the current design? And if so, what ...
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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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### F4u race wing design [duplicate]

Can anyone suggest a good airfoil for racing the F4U Corsair? I'm building an RC model but I want it to be fast unlike scale warbird. Any suggestions on wing design and airfoil would be greatly ...
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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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### Does turbulent flow encourage/avert flow separation?

I know that turbulent flow has more energy than laminar flow and hence can sustain adverse pressure gradient for a longer period of time. It basically delays flows separation. But referring to this ...
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### What is the outer kink on the airbus 340-600?

I was checking some information about the a340-600 and got this statement: "thickness/ chord ratios 15.25 per cent at root, 11.27 per cent at inner kink, 9.86 per cent at outer kink and 10.60 per cent ...
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### Can anyone explain the reflex wings used in powered paragliding?

There are some paramotoring wings presumably designed for higher speeds. The method is to allow a portion of the wing near trailing edge to flutter in high speed, rendering it unaccountable for ...