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As mentioned previously, aircraft designers analyze the drag of each component of an
aeroplane, attempting to optimize (streamline and induce NLF) each. But, when you mate
the parts together there is always more drag than the sum of each part. This phenomenon
is due to the interference of boundary layers at the junctions. If one boundary layer causes
another to separate the result is a substantial increase in pressure drag, this is called
interference drag.

Interference drag can be minimized by:

Aerodynamics for Professional Pilots

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1. Reducing the number of junctions. For example V-tail rather than conventional
tail. Monoplane rather than Bi-plane, etc.

2. Making the junction at an angle more than 90 if possible. Acute angles bring the
boundary layers closer together and increase interference.

3. Installing filets. A filet is a smooth fairing that allows two boundary layers to
merge gradually. Figure 49 shows a typical filet.

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