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Given: A tandem airfoil (drawn below), in which the angle of attack is 5 degrees. Each airfoil is

modeled by 1 panel.

(1) Draw the system and place the vortices and control points

(2) Perform step 3 of the procedure

(3) Perform step 4 of the procedure

(4) Perform step 5 of the procedure

(5a) Calculate the lift per unit span for the first airfoil

(5b) Calculate the lift per unit span for the second airfoil

(5c) Calculate the lift per unit span for the system

(5d) Calculate the sum of a + b, and compare with c

Assumptions: Steady, Incompressible, Negligable Body Effects, and Irrotational

Small angle assumption for calculating distantaces between points (ie: the distance between γ1 and

Cp2 is (10/4)*c

Solution:

----------------------------------------------------------------------- Part 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

See solution at

http://www.phaux.org/School_Documents/Principles_Of_Aerodynamics/Official_Solutions/

−γ1 γ2

Vcp1n = + + Vinf ⋅ sin( α)

2 ⋅ π⋅ ⋅ c

c 6

2 ⋅ π⋅

2 4

−γ2 γ1

Vcp2n = − + Vinf ⋅ sin( α)

2 ⋅ π⋅ 2 ⋅ π⋅ ⋅ c

c 10

2 4

----------------------------------------------------------------------- Part 3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Setting both expressions to zero, combine both equations to solve simultaneously.

−γ1 γ2

0= + + Vinf ⋅ sin( α)

2 ⋅ π⋅ ⋅ c

c 6

2 ⋅ π⋅

2 4

Solve for γ1 in the first equation yields..

γ2

γ1 = + π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

3

Substituting this into the velocity equation at Cp2 (as well as setting that equation to zero) yields..

γ2

−γ2 + π ⋅ V inf ⋅ c ⋅ sin( α)

0= −

3 + V ⋅ sin( α)

inf

2 ⋅ π⋅ 2 ⋅ π⋅ ⋅ c

c 10

2 4

Solving for γ2 using the MathCAD solve function..

3 ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

γ2 =

4

3⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

4

γ1 = + π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

3

Per step 5, we will define the circulation as the sum of the γ terms.

3⋅ π⋅ V inf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

3⋅ π⋅ V ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

4 inf

Γ = γ1 + γ2 = + π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α) +

3 4

Doing a little bit of cleanup, step 5 comples with the circulation for the system, which can be expressed as..

3⋅ π⋅ V inf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

3⋅ π⋅ V ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

4 inf

+ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α) + simplify → 2 ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

3 4

Now, to study the lift per unit span for the first airfoil, we'll backtrack to the normal component at Cp1.

−γ1 γ2

Vcp1n = + + Vinf ⋅ sin( α)

2 ⋅ π⋅ ⋅ c

c 6

2 ⋅ π⋅

2 4

Since we're neglecting the effects of the second air foil, we'll neglect the second term. At the same time, we'll set the

equation to zero and solve for γ1.

−γ1

0= + Vinf ⋅ sin( α) solve , γ1 → π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

c

2 ⋅ π⋅

2

The circulation is equal to the sum of the γ, which in this case is the only γ we have...

Γa = π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

The lift per unit span can be found using equation 3.140.

Lp = ρinf ⋅ Vinf ⋅ Γ

2

( )

Lpa = ρinf ⋅ V.inf ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α) = π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ ρinf ⋅ sin( α)

Since the second foil is geometrically the same as the first foil, as well as exhibit full flow similarity, the lift per unit span

for the second foil will be equal to that of the first foil.

2

( )

Lpb = ρinf ⋅ V.inf ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α) = π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ ρinf ⋅ sin( α)

For the entire system, we'll use the result we gathered earlier when we performed steps 3, 4, and 5 for the whole

system...

2

( )

Lpsys = ρinf ⋅ Vinf ⋅ 2 ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α) simplify → Lpsys = 2 ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ ρinf ⋅ sin( α)

If we add the lift per unit span for the first foil, as well as the lift per unit span for the second foil, we find it does indeed

equal the lift per unit span for the entire system.

2 2 2

π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ ρinf ⋅ sin( α) + π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ ρinf ⋅ sin( α) simplify → 2 ⋅ π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ ρinf ⋅ sin( α)

The coefficient of lift can be expressed as..

Γ

cl =

1 2

ρ ⋅V ⋅c

2 inf inf

Γa = π⋅ Vinf ⋅ c⋅ sin( α)

Plugging the circulation into the lift coefficient equation, as well as simplify a little, the result is..

cla = simplify → cla =

1 2 Vinf ⋅ ρinf

ρ ⋅V ⋅c

2 inf inf

Using the same technique in part 6a, as well as remembering the circulation for foil A and B independantly is the

same, the lift coefficient for the second foil is again equal to that of the first foil.

clb = simplify → clb =

1 2 Vinf ⋅ ρinf

ρ ⋅V ⋅c

2 inf inf

Now we'll find the lift coefficient for the entire system. Again we'll use our previous results. The circulation for the

system was determined in part 4.

Entering this circulation into the coefficient of lift equation, the result is..

clsys = simplify → clsys =

1 2 Vinf ⋅ ρinf

ρinf ⋅ Vinf ⋅ ( 2c)

2

= 2 ⋅

2 ⋅ π⋅ sin( α) 2 ⋅ π⋅ sin( α) 2 ⋅ π⋅ sin( α)

+

Vinf ⋅ ρinf

Vinf ⋅ Vinf

Vinf ⋅ ρinf

So (assuming no errors were made.. which is entirely possible), the lift coefficients do not exhibit superposition ( a + b

does not equal c)

References:

Anderson, John D. Jr. Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

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