Aerodynamics for Students : A Web Site dedicated to Theoretical Aerodynamics
WHAT IS AERODYNAMICS?
Aerodynamics is the branch of dynamics that treats the motion of air (and other gaseous fluids) andthe resulting forces acting on solids moving relative to such fluid.Aerodynamic results will fall into different categories of behaviour depending on velocity range (slowspeed, high speed, supersonic, hypersonic), depending on size and shape of the object (large, small,complex 3D solid) and the physical properties of the fluid (dense, rarefied, viscous, inviscid). Manydifferent aerodynamic situations can be analysed using a range of available theories.The important steps of
flow field definition,
calculation of velocity field around the object,
calculation of flow pressure and shear distribution,
integration of these distributions on the surface of the bodyare the tools used for most theoretical aerodynamic prediction. The aim is to be able to predict thelift, drag, thrust and moments acting on objects or vehicles in motion.
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