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PATTS REVIEW CENTER

PATTS COLLEGE OF AERONAUTICS


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FUNDAMENTALS OF AERODYNAMICS
Reviewer: Engr. R. Renigen
A. THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ATMOSPHERE
The atmosphere is the mechanical mixture of gases surrounding the earth.
Atmospheric Constituents
Nitrogen ------------------ 78.03%
Oxygen ------------------- 20.99%
Aragon --------------------- 0.94%
Carbon Oxide ------------- 0.03%
Hydrogen ------------------ 0.01%
Helium --------------------- 0.004%
Neon ----------------------- 0.0012% and a small amount of water vapor and other gases
Four (4) Layers of Earths Atmosphere
1. Troposphere
2. Stratosphere
3. Ionosphere
4. Exosphere
STANDARD VALUES FOR AIR AT SEA LEVEL
Pressure
P
O
= 14.7 lb/in
2
= 2116.8 lb/ft
2
= 29.92 Hg
= 76 cm Hg = 760 mm Hg = 101325 Pa = 1 atm
Density

0
= 0.002377 slug/ft
3
= 1.225 kg/m
3
Temperature:
T
O
= 519

R = 288 K
Coefficient of Dynamic Viscosity

o
= 3.7372 x 10
-7
slug/ft-sec = 1.7894 x 10
-5
kg/m-sec
SEA LEVEL UP TO TROPOPAUSE
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1. TEMPERATURE VARIATION WITH ALTITUDE
O
O
T
T
; ah T T +
Where:
0
T
T

, temperature ratio
T = temperature at any altitude above sea level up to tropopause in
o
R or K
T
0
= 519

R or 288 K
a = temperature gradient or lapse rate
(= -0.009566

R/ft or -0.00651 K/m or -6.51 K/km)


h = any altitude above sea level up to tropopause in ft or m or km



2. PRESSURE VARIATION WITH ALTITUDE
26 . 5
0 0
T
ah
1
P
P

,
_

+
Where:
0
P
P

, pressure ratio
P = pressure at any altitude above sea level up to tropopause in lb / ft
2
or Pa
P
o
= 2116.8 lb/ft
2
or 101325 Pa
a = -0.003566

R/ft or -0.00651 K/m or -6.51 K/km


h = any altitude above sea level up to tropopause in ft or m or km
3. DENSITY VARIATION WITH ALTITUDE
26 . 4
0 0
T
ah
1

,
_


Where:
0


, density ratio
= density at any altitude above sea level up to tropopause in slug/ft
3
or kg/m
3
0

= 0.002377 slug/ft
3
or 1.225kg/m
3
a = -0.003566

R/ft or 0.00651 K/m or -0.51 K/km


h = any altitude above sea level up to tropopause in ft or m or km
ABOVE TROPOPAUSE (11 KM) up to STRATOPAUSE (32 KM)
2
1. TEMPERATURE VARIATION WITH ALTITUDE
T = 390.15

R or 216.5 K (constant from 11km up to 32 km)


2. PRESSURE VARIATION WITH ALTITUDE
English System
h 10 x 805 . 4
0
5
e
26 . 1
P
P


Where:
P = pressure at any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in lb / ft
2
P
0
= 2116.8 lb/ft
2
h = any altitude above trotopause up to stratopause in feet
Metric System
h 10 x 578 . 1
0
4
e
26 . 1
P
P



Where:
P = pressure at any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in Pa
P
o
= 101325 Pa
h = any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in meters
3. DENSITY VARIATION WITH ALTITUDE
English System
h 10 x 805 . 4
0
5
e
68 . 1


Where:
= density at any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in slug /ft
3
0

= 0.002377 slug / ft
3
h = any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in feet
Metric System
h 10 x 578 . 1
0
4
e
68 . 1


Where:
= density at any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in kg / m
3
0

= 1.225 kg/m
3
h = any altitude above tropopause up to stratopause in meters
ALTIMETERS
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An altimeter is a pressure gauge which indicates an altitude in the standard atmosphere
corresponding to the measured pressure.
Pressure altitude, h
p
is the altitude given by an altimeter set to 29.92 Hg.
Density altitude, h
d
is the altitude corresponding to a given density in the standard atmosphere.
Temperature altitude, h
p
is the altitude corresponding to a given temperature in the standard atmosphere.
Problems:
1. Calculate the pressure, density and temperature at 8 km and 12 km altitudes in the standard
atmosphere.
2. On a hot day, the measured temperature and pressure are 38

C and 29.0 Hg, respectively.


Calculate the density and the density ratio.
3. A standard altimeter reads 4500 meters when the ambient temperature is 275K. What is the
density altitude and the temperature altitude?
4. At a certain altitude, a standard altimeter reads 3000 meters. If the density altitude is 25000
meters, find the true temperature.

B. BASIC AERODYNAMIC PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
1. CONTINUITY EQUATION Conservation of mass along a streamtube, such as in a wind tunnel.
where:

m
= mass flow of fluid in slug/sec or kg/sec
= density of fluid in slug/ft
3
or kg / m
3
A = cross-sectional area of tube in ft
2
or m
2
V = velocity of fluid in ft/s or m/s
PRINCIPLE OF MASS CONSERVATION (LAW OF CONTINUITY)
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The mass flow of fluid that passing to one section of the tube in one second is equal to the mass flow
of fluid that passing to the other section of the tube in one second.
(a) For incompressible fluid, = constant (M < 0.3 approximately)
A
1
V
1
= A
2
V
2
AV = constant
Differential form:
A
dA
V
dV

(b) For compressible fluid, constant (M 0.3 approximately)
A
1
V
1
= A
2
V
2

AV = constant
Differential form:
0
d
A
dA
V
dV

+ +
2. BERNOULLI EQUATION Conservation of energy along a streamline.
BERNOULLIS PRINCIPLE
In a continuous flow of liquid, as velocity increases, pressure decreases; and as velocity
decreases, pressure increases.
(a) For incompressible fluid, = constant (M < 0.3 approximately)
t tan cons
P
2
V
2

+


2
2
2 1
2
1
2 2
P V P V
+ +
The isentropic equation of state is not needed
Application: Definition of equivalent airspeed Ve:
( )
0
t
e
P P 2
V

Where:
P
t
= total pressure or stagnation pressure
P = static pressure

o
= density at sea level
Definition of true airspeed V:
( )
0
t
e
P P 2
V

5
or

e
V
V
Where:
= density at altitude
0


, density ratio

(b) For compressible fluid, constant (M 0.3 approximately)

+
P
1 2
V
2
constant
t
t
2
t
2
P
1 2
V P
1 2
V

+
or
1
1
1
]
1

,
_



1 1
P
P
1
2
M
1
t 2
The isentropic equation of state can be used.

P
constant

2
2
1
1
P P

1
2
1
2
P
P
The speed of sound is given by:

P
V
a
English System
gRT V
a

where:
= 1.4
6
R = 53.342 ft/ R
T 02 . 49 V
a

where:
Va = speed of sound in air in ft/s
T = absolute temperature in R
Metric System
T V
a
05 . 20
where:
Va = speed of sound in air in m/s
T = absolute temperature in K
Application: Definition of calibrated airspeed Vc:
1
1
1
]
1

,
_



1 1
P
P P
1
V 2
V
1
0
t
2
0
a 2
c
THERMODYNAMIC PARAMETER RELATIONSHIP
1
2
1
a
2
a
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
V
V
W
W
T
T
P
P

,
_

,
_

,
_

,
_

Problems:
1. A circular pipe 50 meters long papers from 3m to 2m in diameter. What is the velocity per meter
run at the bigger section. If the velocity there is 30 meters/sec, and if the fluid is passing from
bigger section to the smaller section, is the velocity increasing or decreasing?
2. A water pipe 1m in diameter gradually tapers down to 0.5m, the rate of flow is 0.063m
3
/sec. If
the pressure is 12.5 KPa where the diameter is 1m, what is the pressure where the diameter is
0.5m?
3. An airplane is flying at sea level, the difference between total and static pressure is 1723 Pa.
What is the airspeed in meters per second?
4. Air having the standard sea level density has a velocity of 30 m/s at a section of a wind tunnel.
At another section having an area half as that at the first section the flow velocity is 178.8 m/s.
What is the density at the second section?
5. The wind tunnel shown in Fig. Below, has a smallest section (test section) measuring 1.22 m by
1.0m, and a largest section of 4 square meters at a certain tunnel speed the manometer reading is
0.72m. The manometer liquid has a specific gravity of 0.85. Calculate the airspeed in the test
section. Assume incompressible flow and standard sea-level conditions.
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6. In an undisturbed airstream the pressure is 101325 Pa, the density is 1.225 kg/m
3
, and the
velocity is 450 m/s. What is the pressure if the velocity is 190 m/s?
7. Air standard pressure and temperature, has density of 1.225 kg/m
3
. If the air is compressed
adiabatically to 3 atm, what are the specific weight, density and the temperature.
8. What is the speed of sound in air at 3.500m altitude.
9. A horizontal pipe line enlarges from a diameter of 0.152 m at point A to a diameter of 0.305 m at
point 3. The flow of water is 0.567 cubic meter per second and the pressure at point A is 68.93
KPa. What is the pressure at point B.
10. Alcohol (sp. Gr. = 0.80) is flowing through horizontal pipe which is 0.254 m in diameter with a
velocity of 12.2 m/s. At a smaller section of the pipe, there is 41.5 KPa less pressure. Assuming
that the flow is smooth. What is the diameter there?
11. An airplane is flying at sea level at an airspeed of 160 knots. What is the difference between
total and static pressure?
12. The diameter at section (1) is 0.3m. The diameter at section (2) is 0.15m. What is the flow rate
of a substance (sp. gr. = 0.85) if the pressure between sections (1) and (2) is 12.7 cm Hg?
13. Consider a venture with a throat-to-inlet area ratio of 0.8 mounted in a flow at standard sea level
conditions. If the pressure between the inlet and the throat is 335 Pa, calculate the Velocity of
the flow at the inlet.
14. Consider a low-speed subsonic wind tunnel with a 12/1 contraction ratio for the nozzle. If the
flow in the test section is at a standard sea level conditions with a velocity of 50 m /s, calculate
the height difference in a U-tube mercury manometer with one side connected to the puzzle inlet
and the other to the test section. P
Hg
= 1.36 x 10
3
kg/ m
3
.
15. A pitot static tube is used to measure the airspeed at the test section of a wind tunnel. If the
pressure difference across the pilot-static tube is 0.11 m of water, what is the airspeed at the test
section? If the ratio of the cross-sectional area between the largest section and the test section is
100:1, what is the airspeed at the largest section? Assume incompressible flow standard sea
level condition.
16. Consider water flowing through a smooth pipe whose diameter is decreasing. At one location,
the diameter is 12 cm. If the velocity there is 10 m/s.
(a) Find the mass flow rate
(b) At a station further down the pipe, the diameter is 4cm. Find the velocity at this section.
17. At the entrance of a natural gas pipeline, where the diameter is 1.32 m, gas at 251 KPa, absolute
and 27
o
C at 18.2. At the exit of the pipe, where the diameter is 2.8m, the gas is at 132 KPa,
absolute and 17
o
C. Solve symbolically for the velocity at the exit. Assume compressible flow.
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Venturi Tube
The Venturi tube is a convergent divergent tube with a short cylindrical throat or constricted
section. This device determines the rate of flow of fluid through the tube by measuring the difference in
pressure between the throat section and the entrance section.

By Incompressible Bernoulli Equation:
2
V P
2
V P
2
2 2
2
1 1
+

( )
2
1
2
2 2 1
V V
2
1
P P

By Incompressible Continuity Equation:
Q = A
1
V
1
= A
2
V
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
A
Q
V ;
A
Q
V
Then,
1
1
]
1

,
_

,
_



2
1
2
2
2 1
A
Q
A
Q
2
P P
1
1
]
1

,
_

,
_



2
1
2
2
2
2 1
A
1
A
1
Q
2
P P
Where:
Q = rate of flow in ft
3
/s or m
3
/s
A = cross-sectional area in ft
2
or m
2
P = pressure in psf or Pa
= density in slug/ft
3
or kg/m
3
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Pressure:
1. A venture tube narrows down from 4 in. in diameter to 2 in. in diameter. What is the rate of
water if the pressure at the throat i.e., 2 lb/in
2
less than at the larger section?
2. A venture tube in 6 in. in diameter at the entrance, where the pressure is 10 lb/in
2
(gage).
The throat is 4 in. in diameter, there the pressure is 6 lb/in
2
(gage). What is the flow of
water?
3. A 12 in. by 6 in venture meter is located in a horizontal water line. If the pressure gages read
30lb/in
2
and 16lb/in
2
, what is the flow rate?
4. KUTA JOUKOWSKI THEOREM relation between force acting on a body and vortex
circulation.
Flow about a circular cylinder
Where:
V = tangential velocity in ft/s or m/s
V

= freestream velocity in ft/s or m/s


= angle through the point on the surface of the cylinder with the main direction of the airflow
in deg.
By Incompressible Bernoulli equation:
2
V P
2
V P
2
2

( )
2 2
V V
2
1
P P +

( ) [ ]
2 2
sin V 2 V
2
1
P P +

( )

2 sin 4 1
2
V
P P
2
Where:
P = Pressure at any point on the surface of a circular cylinder in psf or Pa
10
V = 2V

sin
V

P
= Freestream pressure in psf or Pa

= Freestream density in slug/ft


3
or kg/m
3

Problems:
1. A uniform current of air with a speed of 100ft per sec. flows around a circular cylinder. At a
distance from the cylinder the pressure is atmospheric. What is the pressure at a point on the
surface of the cylinder so located that a radial line through the point makes an angle of 15
o
with the
direction of airflow?
2. For the flow in the above problem, what is the pressure on the cylinder surface at a 90
o
arc from
the direction of airflow?
Lift due to Circulation
Vortex - the circular circulation of particles of fluid having the same energy content and center of
rotation.
r 2

V
r 2

sin V 2 V
dL = dF sin
dL = Prd sin
dL = Pr sin d
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V
V = 2V

sin
By Incompressible Bernoulli Equation:
2
V P
2
V P
2
2


( )
2 2
V V
2
P P

1
1
]
1

,
_

2
2
r 2
sin V 2 V
2
P P

'

1
1
]
1

,
_



d sin r
r 2
sin V 2 V
2
P P dL
2
2
L
0
L =
P


Where:
L = Lift per unit span in lb/ft or N/m

= Freestream density in slug/ft


3
or kg/m
3

V
= Freestream velocity in fps or mps
= strength of circulation in ft
2
/s or m
2
/s ( = 2rV)
V = tangential velocity in fps or mps ( = 2rN)
r = radius of cylinder in ft or in
N = rotational speed in rps
For total lift
L
T
= L x l
Where:
l = length of the cylinder in ft or m
Problems:
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1) A cylinder 30 in. in diameter rotates in an airstream of 70 mph. It develops 40lb. of lift per
foot length. What is the rational speed?
2) A Cylinder 1.22 m in diameter and 3.5 at in length is rotating at 100rpm in an airstream of
18m/s. Determine the total lift and the strength of the circulation of the cylinder at SSLC.
5. VISCOUSE EFFECTS , THE BOUNDARY LAYER AND FLOW SEPARATION
SKIN FRICTION - skin friction is air resistance, and it is t he tangential component force on the
surface of a boy due to the friction between the two particles.
STREAMLINE AND TURBOLENT FLOW - a streamline flow may be defined as smooth
non-turbulent flow. A turbulent flow is defined as a flow characterized by turbulence, that is a flow
in which the velocity varies erratically in both magnitude and direction with time.
LAMINAR FLOW the word laminar is derived from the Latin word lamina meaning a thin plate
of metal or some other material. Laminar flow employs the concept that air is flowing in thin sheets
or layers close to the surface of a wing with no disturbance between the layers of air.
BOUNDARY LAYER the boundary layer is that layer of air adjacent to the airfoil surface. The
cause of the boundary layer is the friction between the surface of the wing and the air.
Illustration of Laminar and a Turbulent Boundary Layer
LAMINAR BOUNDARY LAYER Is the laminar boundary layers the flow is steady and smooth.
As a result, the layer is very thin, and so the form drag is very small. Also, the velocity gradient at
the watts, though large enough to give significant viscous stress, is yet only moderate, so that the
skin friction, though not negligible, is also very small.
x
N
R
x 2 . 5

Where:
= laminar boundary layer thickness
x = transition point
x
N
R
= transition Reynolds number
The rubbing of the boundary layer on the flat plate give rise to friction forces of: friction drag.
The skin-friction drag coefficient for one side of a plate in laminar flow is given by:
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N
2
2
1
f
f
R
328 . 1
S V
D
C

Where:

S = area of one side of plate

R
N
= Reynolds number based on the total plate length
TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER in turbulent boundary layers the flow is unsteady and not
smooth, but eddying.
When the flow is transitioned to turbulent flow, the boundary layer thickness will be increased. In
fact, this phenomenon is other used to determine the location of the transition region. The boundary
layer thickness can be determined by:
( )
5
1
x
N
R
x 37 . 0

The skin-friction drag coefficient for a flat plate can be calculated with schichtings formula:
( )
58 . 2
N 10
2
2
1
f
f
R log
455 . 0
S V
D
C

Where:
= air density in slug /ft
3
or kg/m
3
V = air velocity in ft/s or m/s
L = characteristic length of the body in the flow direction and is equal to the chord length for an
airfoil in feet or meters.
= coefficient of dynamic viscosity in
sec in
kg
or
sec ft
slug

For air, increases with temperature and can be calculated by the following approximate formula for the
standard atmosphere:
R in T ,
sec ft
slug
,
216 T
T 10 x 329 . 2
2
3
8

or
K in T ,
sec m
kg
,
4 . 110 T
T 10 x 458 . 1
2
3
6
+

At low Reynolds numbers, the flow in the boundary layer is laminar (laminar boundary layer).
Above certain transition Reynolds numbers, the flow becomes turbulent (turbulent boundary layer)
Transition take place on a flat plate at point x determined by:
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( )
6 5
. crit
. crit
N
10 to 10 x 5 . 3
Vx
R
x

,
_

Problems:
1) Two plats, one having 6 ft span and 3 ft chord, the other having 9ft span and 6 ft. chord, are placed
in different airstreams. The freestream velocity for the smaller plate is 100ft/sec. It is found that the
total skin-friction drag for the two plates is the same. Find the airspeed for the larger plate. Assume
laminar flow at standard sea level conditions.
2) Consider the stabilizer on a light airplane as a flat for the purpose of determining its skin-friction
drag. If the transition R
N
is 750,000, what is the skin-friction drag of a rectangular stabilizer having
a span of 1. 83 m and a chord of 0.91 in at a speed of 44.7 meters per second? Assume standard sea
level conditions.
3) An airplane is flying at a density altitude of 4500 in at an ambient temperature of 234K. If the wing
chord is 1.83 in and the equivalent airspeed is 103 meter per second, what is the overall Reynolds
number of the wing?
WIND TUNNEL
A device for testing aircraft and its force components in a controlled airstream under laboratory
conditions.
TYPES OF LOW SPEED WIND TUNNELS
1. Open circuit tunnel
2. Closed circuit tunnel
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Forces and motion of airplane under testing
a. lift d. pitching moment
b. drag e. yawing moment
c. side force f. rolling moment
Importance of R
N
Used in comparison of flow pattern of on theorem bodies which are geometrically similar but not in
dimension.
Flow pattern similarity at a particular point
1. magnitude of velocity at constant proportion

2. direction of flow is the same
3. both bodies must be oriented or positioned in similar altitudes
4. both bodies must be positioned at the same eagle of attack
Problems:
1) Find R
N
, for an airplane wing, 4 ft chord, moving at 130 mph through standard atmosphere.
2) Find R
N
for an airplane wing, 4 ft-chord, moving at 150 mph, air is 40
o
C; barometer reading
is 29 m. Hg.
3) Find the velocity at which test should be run in a wind tunnel on a model wing of 0.10 m
chord in order that R
N
, shall be the same as for a wing with a 1.22 m chord at 44.7 m/s. Air
under standard conditions in both cases.
4) In a variable density wind tunnel, under what pressure should test be run on a model with a
3-in chord, air velocity being 60 mph, in order that the R
N
shall be the same as for a full-size
wing, of 4ft chord, moving at 100 mph through the air? Air temperature is the same in each
case.
Variable Density Wind Tunnel - a wind tunnel in which the air density can be increased by
means of compressed air.
Flat Plates
a] Flat plates perpendicular to airstream
2
AV
2
28 . 1 F

Where:
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F = Force on a flat plate normal to airstream in lb or N
= freestream density in slug/ft
3
or kg/m
2

A = cross-sectional area of the ft
2
or m
2
V = freestream velocity in fps or mps
Problems:
1. What is the total force of a 45-mph wind on a hangar door 40 ft by 25ft?
2. An automobile windshield is 40 in. wide by 15 in. high and is vertical. What is the force
against the windshield at 60 mph.
3. What is the force against the side of a building 70ft long and 40 ft high in a 90 mph wind?
4. What force is required to push a flat plate 3 ft. by 2 ft, at a speed of 35 ft/s in a direction
perpendicular to its surface?
Curved Deflecting Surfaces
= pAV
2
( 1 cos)
sin AV F
2
2
V
2
H
F F F +
( ) cos 1 2 AV F
2
Where:
F
H
= horizontal component of force F in lb or N
F
V
= vertical component of force F in lb or N
F = resultant force in lb or N
V = freestream velocity
= angle of deflection in deg.
A = cross sectional area of airstream in ft
3
or m
2

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Problems:
1. A stream of air 60 ft. wide and 8 ft. high is moving horizontally at a speed of 100 mph. What
force is required to deflect it downward 10
o
without loss in speed.
2. A stream of air 60 ft wide and 8 ft high is moving horizontally at a speed of 75mph. What force
is required to deflect it downward 10
o
without loss in speed.
3. A stream of air 9.30 square meter in cross section is moving horizontally at a speed of 67 mps. It
strikes tangentially against the interior wall of a semi circular cylinder so that it is deflected
through 180
o
. What is the total force against the cylinder.
AIRFOIL THEORY
An airfoil is a streamlined body which when set at a suitable angle of attack, produces more lift than
drag.
DEFINITION OF AIRFOIL GEOMETRY
MEAN CAMBER LINE is the line joining the midpoints between the upper and lower surfaces of an
airfoil and measured normal to the mean camber line.
CHORD LINE is the line joining the end points of the mean camber line
THICKNESS - is the height of profile measured normal to the chord line.
THICKNESS RATIO is the maximum thickness to the chord ratio,
c
t
.
CAMBER is the maximum distance of the mean camber line from the chord line.
LEADING EDGE RADIUS is the radius of a circle, tangent to the upper and lower surfaces, with its
center located on a tangent to the mean camber line drawn through the leading edge of this line.

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DEFINITION OF AIRFOILGEOMETRY
AERODYNAMIC FORCES AND MOMENTS ON AN AIRFOIL
FACTORS AFFECTING THE AERODYNAMIC FORCE (f):
1. Velocity of air, V
2. Air density, p
3. Characteristic area or size, S
4. Coefficient of dynamic viscosity,
5. Speed of sound (compressibility effect), V
a

FORMULAS :
LIFT FORCE
c V
2
1
C
2

l
l
DRAG FORCE
c q C c V
2
1
C
d
2

d
d

PITCHING MOVEMENT
2
m
2 2
c q C c V
2
1
C
m
m

where:
1 = lift force in N/m
d = drag force in N/m
m = pitching moment in N.m/m
IMPORTANT AIRFOIL CHARACTERISTICS
The following relationships are of fundamental importance to airplane design and airplane analysis:
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DEFINITION OF SECTION FORCES AND MOMENT
LIFT CURVE : C
l
versus
The linear portion of the lift curve can be represented mathematically by the equation:
C
l
= a (
0
)
or
C
l
=

l
C
(
0
)
DRAG POLAR : C
l
versus C
d
An important parameter representing the aerodynamic efficiency of airfoil is
the lift-drag ratio. The maximum
d
l
C
C
magnitude can be obtained by drawing a tangent to the c
d
c
l

PITCHING MOMENT CURVE : C
m
versus or C
m
versus C
l
The magnitude of cm depends on the location of the moment center. One important moment
center which is often used is the so-called aerodynamic center (a.c.) It is defined as the point about which
the moment coefficient is independent of .
AIRFOIL PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION
The pressure distribution is normally expressed in terms of the pressure coefficient, C
p
.
2
p
V
2
1
P P
q
P P
C

At low speeds, according to the incompressible Bernoulli Equation,


2
p
V
V
1 C

,
_

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GEOMETRY FOR FINDING THE AERODYNAMIC CENTER
CRITICAL VELOCITY, V
cr
( )
2
1
1
2 M 1
V V
2
a cr 1
]
1

+
+


FOR AIR, = 1.4
2
1
6
2 M
V V
2
a cr 1
]
1

CRITICAL PRESSURE, Pcr


( )
2
1
1
2 M 1
P P
2
cr 1
]
1

+
+

FOR AIR, = 1.4



2
1
6
5 M
P P
2
cr 1
]
1

CRITICAL PRESSURE COEFFICIENT,


cr
p
C

q
P P
C
cr
p
cr
( )
1
1
M 1 2
M
2
C
1
2
2 p
cr

1
]
1

+
+

FOR AIR, = 1.4


1
M 7 . 0
6
M 5
C
2
5 . 3
2
p
cr

,
_


PROBLEMS:
1. An airplane is flying at an altitude of 3500m at an airspeed of 300 m/s. Find the critical speed,
critical pressure and critical pressure coefficient.
2. What is the critical value of the pressure coefficient for an airplane flying at 500 knots in air at
25
o
F.
3. For an airplane flying at 270 mps at 25, 0000ft. attitude, find the critical value of the pressure
coefficient.
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4. An airfoil has a lift-curve slope of 6.3 per radian and angle of zero lift of -2
o
. At what angle of
attack will the airfoil develop a lift of 140lb/ft at 100mph under standard sea level conditions?
Assume c = 8ft.
DESIGN OF AIRFOIL
To design an airfoil for any specific use, the following effects of airfoil geometry should be noted:
1. Camber shape will affect mainly
p
and c
m
. Any increase in camber will make a
p
and c
m
more
negative.
2. Thickness distribution will change the value of lift curve slope, a.c. location, and center of pressure
location.
3. The leading-edge shape has a pronounced effect on stall characteristics and on
NACA AIRFOILS DESIGNATION
4 digits airfoils : Example NACA 4412
4 = Camber 0.04c
4 = Position of the camber at 0.4c from L.E.
12 = Maximum thickness 0.12c
5 digit airfoils : Example NACA 23012
2 = camber 0.02c
= design lift coefficient is 0.15 times the first digit for this series.
30 = Position of camber at
2
30 . 0
c = 0.15c
12 = Maximum thickness 0.12c
6 digit airfoils : Example NACA 65 -421
6 = Series designation
5 = Minimum pressure at 0.5c
3 = The drag coefficient is near its minimum value over a range of lift coefficient of 0.3 above
and below the design lift coefficient.
4 = design lift coefficient 0.4
21 = maximum thickness 0.21c

7- series airfoil : Example NACA 747A315
7 = series designation
4 = favorable pressure gradient on the upper surface from L.E. to 0.7c at the design lift
coefficient.
A = a serial letter to distinguish different sections having the same numerical designation
but different mean line or thickness distribution.
3 = design lift coefficient 0.3
15 = maximum thickness 0.15c
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AIRFOIL SELECTION
In selecting an airfoil for an airplane lifting surface (wing, tail, or canard) the following
considerations are important:

1. Drag (for example: to obtain the highest possible cruise speed)
2. Lift to-drag ratio a values of cl important to airplane performance
3. Thickness (to obtain the lowest possible structural weight)
4. Thickness distribution (to obtain favorable span loading and/or high fuel volume)
5. Stall characteristics (to obtain gentle stall characteristics)
6. Drag-rise behavior (associated with item 1)
GEOMETRIC FACTORS AFFECTING AIRFOIL MAXIMUM LIFT AT LOW SPEEDS
The main features of airfoil design which affect wing stall and hence, the maximum lift coefficient,
are:
1. THICKNESS RATIO
For a given thickness ratio,
c
t
,
max
l
C
very much depends on the leading-edge radius. It seen that
the new NASA LS = (Low speed airfoils, a thickness ratio of about 13% will produce the best
volume of maximum lift. For the newer LS airfoils the maximum lift occurs at around 15%
thickness.
2. LEADING EDGE RADIUS
Cl
max
depends not only on the thickness ratio, but also on the ratio of section thickness at 5%
chord to the maximum thickness
c
t
. The ratio
c
t
is indicative of leadingedge radius.
Therefore, a relatively large leading-edge radius is beneficial to producing large
max
l
C
at low
speeds.
3. CAMBER AND LOCATION OF MAXIMUM THICKNESS
The addition of camber is always beneficial to
max
l
C
and the benefit grow with increasing
camber. The increment to maximum lift due to camber is least for sections with relatively large
leading edge radius (i.e., the benefit of camber grows with reducing
c
t
; and camber is more
effective on thin sections than on thick sections). In addition, a forward position of maximum
camber produces higher values of
max
l
C
For example, the NACA 23012 airfoil (with 2%
maximum camber at 0.15 chord) has a
max
l
C
of 1.79 as compared with 1.67 for NACA 4412
(with 4% camber at 0.4 chord but the same thickness distribution) at a Reynolds number of 9 x
10
6

4. REYNOLDS NUMBER
For airfoils with moderate thickness ratio, there is a significant because increase in
max
l
C
with
increasing Reynolds number. On the other hand, for thin airfoils the effect of Reynolds number
is relatively significant. In general, these Reynolds number effects are less for cambered than for
symmetrical sections. At low Reynolds number, the effect of camber is more insignificant. The
opposite is true at Reynolds number greater than 6 x 10
6
, where camber losses some of its effects
EFFECT OF HIGH LIFT DEVICES ON AIRFOIL MAXIMUM LIFT
TAILING EDGE FLAPS
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Plain Flaps
1. Formed by hinging the rear-most par of the wing section about within the contour.
2. The main effect produced by the flap deflection is an increase in the effective camber of the
wing.
3. The optimum flap angle is approximately 0.25.
4. The optimum flap angle is approximately 60
o
.
5. Leakage through gap 1330
th
of the chord resulted on a loss of 0.35 in
max
l
C
.
6. The maximum achievable increment is
max
l
C
is approximately 0.9.
Split Flaps
1. The unusual split flaps is formed by deflecting the aft portion of the lower surface about a hinge
point on the surfaces of the forward edge of the deflected portion.
2. The optimum flap chord ratio is approximately 0.3 for 12% thick airfoils, increasing to 0.4 or
higher for thicker airfoils.
3. The optimum flap angle is approximately 70
o

4. The maximum achievable increment in
max
l
C
is approximately 0.9.
5. The optimum thickness ratio is approximately 18%.
Slotted Flaps
1. Slotted flaps provide one or more slots between the main portion of the wing section and the
deflected flap.
2. The optimum flap chord ratio is approximately 0.9
3. The optimum flap angle is approximately 40
o
for single slots and 70o for double-slotted flaps.
4. The optimum thickness ratio is approximately 16%
5. The maximum achievable increment in
max
l
C
is approximately 1.5 for single slots and 1.9 for double
slotted flaps.
Fowler Flaps
The Fowler Flaps uses the same principles as the slotted flap, except that the flap also moves
backwards in addition to a downward deflection. Thus, the effective wing area is increased!
LEADING EDGE DEVICES
Slats
Leading edge slats are airfoils mounted ahead of the leading edge of the wing such as to assist in
turning the air around the leading edge at high angle of attack and thus delay leading-edge stalling. They
may be either fixed in position of retractable. The use of slats may increase
max
l
C
by as much as 0.5.
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Slots
When the slots is located near the leading edge, the configuration differs only in detail from the
leading edge slat. Additional slots may be introduced at various chordwise stations. The effectiveness of
the slot derives from its BLC (= Boundary Layer control) effect. At low angle of attack, the minimum
profile drag may be greatly increased with such slots.
Leading Edge Flaps
A leading flap may be formed by bending down the forward portion of the wing section to form a
droop. Other types of leading edge flaps are formed by extending a surface downward and forward from
the vicinity of the leading edge (Kruger flap) Leading Edge flaps reduce the severity of the pressure peak
ordinarily associated with high angle of attack and thereby delay separation.
BOUNDARY LAYER CONTROL
Higher maximum lift coefficient can also be achieved by boundary layer control (BLC). The idea
may involve injecting high-speed for parallel to the wall (called blowing), removing the low energy
boundary layer flow by suction, or both. Blowing is done to re-energize the boundary layer flow to dlay
the separation, while suction is equivalent to eliminating the low energy shear layer.

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VARIOUS CONFIGURATIONS OF TRAILING-EDGE FLAPS
VARIOUS CONFIGURATIONS OF LEADING-EDGE DEVICES