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# Aircraft Component

Definitions
Free Stream Flow or Relative Airflow (R.A.F.): The airflow in a region where pressure, temperature and relative velocity are unaffected by the passage of an aircraft through it. Total Reaction: The resultant of all aerodynamic forces acting on the wing or aerofoil section.

Drag: The component of the total reaction which is parallel to the to the flight path or relative airflow. Lift: The component of the total reaction which is perpendicular to the to the flight path or relative airflow. Wing Loading Weight per unit area of the wing W/S

Chord Line: A straight line joining the centres of curvature of the leading and trailing edges. Chord: The physical length of the Chord Line.

Wing Area (S): Area of the wing projected on a plane perpendicular to the normal axis. Mean Camber Line: A line joining all points equidistant from the upper and lower surfaces of the wing.

Camber: The max. distance between the chordchord-line and the mean camber line. Angle of Attack: The angle between the chord-line and chordthe R.A.F.

Angle of Incidence
Angle between Chord Line and longitudinal axis .Normally 3 -

## Aspect Ratio (AR)

Span/Chord or Span squared/Area. A measure of the slenderness of the wing

Sweep Angle The angle between the line of 25% chord and a perpendicular to the wing root.

Taper Ratio Is the ratio of the tip chord to the root chord, or = Ct / Cr
Cr Ct

WashWash-out A reduction in the angle of incidence (design AoA) or camber of a wing section near the wing tip to prevent tip stalling.

Aerofoil Theory
Basic Properties of a Fluid The three properties of most importance to aerodynamics are: Pressure Density, and Viscosity.

Pressure Static and dynamic Measured in Force per Area (Newtons per square metre) the normal force per unit area exerted on a surface due to the time rate of change of momentum of the gas molecules impacting on that surface.

Static Pressure. The static pressure in a fluid acts equally in all directions and exerts a force which acts perpendicular to any surface it is in contact with.

Dynamic Pressure. Dynamic pressure is that pressure exerted upon an object by the moving air and is due to the kinetic energy of the air. Dynamic Pressure equation q = 1/2( V2)

The density of air is: the mass of air per cubic metre of volume. Density = m/v

Vicosity A measure of the resistance of air to fluid flow or the resistance of one layer of air to movement over the neighbouring layer measured in mass/length.time or kg/m.s

Viscosity

Caused by the internal friction between the fluids molecules. An ideal fluid is considered to be inviscid or it has no internal friction. Air is considered to be an ideal fluid below M 0.3

Types of Airflow: Steady streamline flow Unsteady flow 2 dimensional flow and 3 dimensional flow

Succeeding molecules follow the same steady path in a flow, each one following the one before it. The flow may be accurately represented by streamlines. At any point on the streamline, the velocity, static and dynamic pressures are constant w.r.t. time. Molecules do not swap from one streamline to another.

Unsteady Flow Succeeding molecules do not follow the same path. The flow cannot be represented by streamlines. At any point in the fluid, the velocities and pressures will vary w.r.t. time. The molecules mix freely.

2-dimensional airflow Theoretical tool that is relevant only to a wing of infinite span or a section which spans a wind tunnel from wall to wall. No induced flow at the wing tips.

3-dimensional airflow Occurs on wings of finite span where the pressure differential tries to equalise around the wing tip. Span-wise drift along with Spanpressure differential produces a wing tip vortex.

Vortex upsets the balance between the up-wash and updownwash of 2D flow. This causes: a reinforcing of the downwash, reduction of the effective , backwards tilting of the lift vector, and downwards tilt of the effective RAF.

Airfoil - Aerofoil
An airfoil is a cross section of a wing. An Airfoil is a structure, piece, or body designed to obtain a useful reaction upon itself in its motion through the air.

Flat Plate

Cambered Plate

Airfoil terminology

The Chord Line (1) is a straight (1 line connecting the leading and trailing edges of the airfoil. The Chord (2) is the length of the (2 chord line from leading edge to trailing edge and is the characteristic longitudinal dimension of an airfoil.

The Mean Camber Line (3) is a line drawn halfway between the upper and lower surfaces. The chord line connects the ends of the mean camber line. Maximum Camber (4) (displacement of the mean camber line from the chord line) and where it is located (expressed as fractions or percentages of the basic chord) help to define the shape of the mean camber line.

The Maximum Thickness (5) of an (5 airfoil and where it is located (expressed as a percentage of the chord) help define the airfoil shape, and hence its performance. The Leading Edge Radius (6) of the (6 airfoil is the radius of curvature given the leading edge shape.

Types of Airfoil
Symmetric Airfoil

## Asymmetric Airfoil (negative camber)

Reflex camber

Flat Bottom A Flat Bottom Wing is when the lower surface of the wing is primarily flat between the leading and trailing edges.

FullyFully-Symmetrical A Fully-Symmetrical Wing airfoil is curved on Fullythe bottom to the same degree as it is on the top.

A Fully-Symmetrical Wing airfoil is curved Fullyon the bottom to the same degree as it is on the top.

A Flat Bottom Wing airfoil is when the lower surface of the wing is primarily flat between the leading and trailing edges.

A Semi- symmetrical Wing airfoil has a curved Semibottom section but to a lesser degree than a symmetrical section. It is a compromise between the flat bottom and the symmetrical wing.

An Under-camber airfoil has the lower surface Underof the wing curved inwardly almost parallel to the upper surface.

## Airfoil Generate Lift

Air flowing over the top of the wing flows even faster than the air flowing underneath. As the difference in the speed of the two airflows increases, the difference in pressure increases also. This difference in pressure generates the lift force. Angle of attack increases, the wing generates more lift.

Velocity

Pressure

## Pressure Distribution around Airfoil

Pressure Distribution Around an Aerofoil Greatest positive pressures at stagnation points. Front stagnation point separates flow over and under wing.

## The Lift Equation L = 1/2 v2SCL

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L=Lift, CL = Lift Coefficient, = density, v = velocity, S = area (when projected onto a horizontal plane) The lift coefficient is a function of the shape and condition of the wing, the viscosity of the air and the angle of attack.

Lift Coefficient
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The lift coefficient is a function of the shape and condition of the wing, the viscosity of the air and the angle of attack.

## Lift Curve Slope

Airfoil Data

Lift Coefficient

Drag Coefficient

Classification of Airfoils - National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) 1929 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - RAF - Goetingen

## Factors Affecting Lift

free stream velocity (V2) air density ( ) wing area (S) wing shape angle of attack (E) (E condition of surface viscosity of air (Re) Reynolds number speed of sound

Factors Affecting CL
- angle of attack (E) (E - shape of wing section & plan-form plan- condition of wing surface - Reynolds number - speed of sound

## CL - E curve: Effect of Camber

Determines stall characteristics of the wing. Large radius produces well-rounded wellpeak on CL curve, i.e. gentle stall. Small radius will produce an abrupt stall.

AoA

## Effect of Leading Edge Roughness

CL

Effect of Tickness Ratio (t /c) Lower t /c ratio results in less drag and a lower CL Mainly a consideration for supersonic wings, in an attempt to reduce drag, however it does effect CLMAX at lower IAS High Lift aerofoils employ a high t/c ratio, a pronounced camber, and a wellwellrounded leading edge

## Effect of Thickness Ratio (T/C)

General purpose aerofoils employ a lower t/c ratio, less camber, and a sharper leading edge. High Speed aerofoils employ a very low t/c ratio, no camber, and a sharp leading edge. Looking for minimum drag, but also get low maximum lift coefficients @o V2

## Effect of Point of Maximum Thickness

This effects the transition to a turbulent boundary layer, hence the adverse pressure gradient, and stall characteristics. Point of max thickness well aft of the LE can give an abrupt stall and therefore a small sharp peak to the graph

Effect of Sweep
straight wing CL

swept wing

## Effect of Taper Ratio on Lift

Effects the local lift coefficients and thus the induced downwash. Elliptical Wing is ideal as equal local lift coefficients give equal downwash and minimum induced drag.

Effect of Wash-out on Lift WashWashWash-out is a reduction in camber or incidence at the tip of a wing to reduce tip stalling and simulate the elliptical ideal. Therefore one could expect similar effects to taper ratio.

Centre of Pressure: The point, usually on the chordchordline, through which the total reaction is considered to act. Aerodynamic Center: - The point, where pitching moment of an airfoil remain constant.

Centre of Pressure

Aerodynamic Center

For symmetric airfoils, the aerodynamic moment about the ac is zero for all angles of attack. attack. With camber, the moment is nonnonzero and constant for thin airfoils. airfoils. For a positive cambered airfoil, the moment is negative and results in a counter-clockwise counterrotation of the airfoil. airfoil.

With camber, an angle of attack can be determined for which the airfoil produces no lift, but the moment is still present. present.

Aerodynamic Center

For rectangular wings, the wing ac is the same as the airfoil ac. But for ac. wings with some other planform (triangular, trapezoidal, etc.) etc.)

Mean Aerodynamic Chord Mean Aerodynamic Center (MAC) (MAC) which is the average for the whole wing. wing. The computation of the mac depends on the shape of the planform. planform. Mean Aerodynamic Chord is the chord past through the MAC.

Swept Wing

Swept Wing

Trapezoidal Wing

Elliptical Wing

Stall

Wing Stall

## Low AoA: No Stall

Wing Stall
High AoA : Stalls begin from trailing edge to leading egde.

## High AoA : Stall progress

Stall Progression

Low AoA

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## Wing Planform Terminology

Wing Span ( b ) The Wingspan is the length of the wing as measured from wing tip to wing tip. Wing Area( S ) The Wing Area is the total surface area of the wing, usually calculated by the wing span times the wing chord.

## Aspect Ratio (AR)

Span/Chord or Span squared/Area. A measure of the slenderness of the wing

Taper Ratio Is the ratio of the tip chord to the root chord, or = Ct / Cr
Cr Ct

## Forward Sweep Wing

Great Sweepback Wing Simple Delta Wing and Complex Delta Wing

## Components of Total Drag

Total drag can be divided into two parts: Zero Lift Drag (parasite drag) Lift Dependent drag (induced drag)

Zero Lift Drag Consists of components of: Form drag (boundary layer normal pressure drag), Surface friction drag, and Interference drag

Lift Dependent Drag In producing lift the whole aircraft will produce additional drag composed of: Induced drag (vortex drag), and Increments of: form drag, surface friction drag, and interference drag.

Induced Drag The pressure difference between the upper and lower surface of a finite regular wing at a positive angle of attack will cause the following spanwise pressure distribution. CDi = CL2 / AR e

The effect of the induced downwash (due to the vortices) is to tilt downwards the effective relative airflow, thereby reducing the relative angle of attack. To regain the consequent loss of lift, the aerofoil must be raised until the original value of lift is restored.

The component of total reaction parallel to flight is now longer. The additional value of drag is known as induced or vortex drag.

Infinite Wing

Finite Wing

## Tip Wing Vortex

The main factors affecting vortex formation and therefore induced drag are: Planform Aspect Ratio Lift and Weight Speed

Increments of ZLD resulting from Lift Production Surface friction & Form Drag As lift increases from zero forward movement of the peak of the low pressure envelope will cause earlier transition of the boundary layer to turbulent flow.

Increments of ZLD resulting from Lift Production Surface friction & Form Drag increasing adverse pressure gradient will cause earlier separation. earlier transition increases the surface friction drag and earlier separation increases the form drag.

Increments of ZLD resulting from Lift Production Interference Drag When the aircraft is producing lift, the boundary layers are thicker and more turbulent and therefore create greater energy losses when they mix.

## Effect of T/C ratio on CD - E curve

Similarly a high T/C ratio increases drag due to earlier transition. High T/C used on slower lifting sections e.g. transport a/c, while the reduced drag of thinner lower T/C ratio wings is required for supersonic a/c

Endplate

Winglet

## Effect of Aspect Ratio

Drag Equation
Total Drag = Parasite Drag + Induced Drag
For straight and level flight

Lift = Weight

DT
DT =

D p  Di

1 1 2 2 VV S C D  VV S C D 2 2 o i

1 2 VV S C L 2

CL !

W 1 2 VV S 2

CD =
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CL TARe

DT !

C2 1 1 2 L VS C D V  VS TA 2 2 o
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1 W 1 2 VS C D V  . 2 1 2 o V STA e V 2

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1 V S CD 2 o
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Drag Polar

CD !

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CL TA Re
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C D  kC L
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CDt = Total Drag coefficient CDo = min. Drag coefficient at Zero Lift CL = Lift coefficient AR = Wing aspect ratio e = Wing span efficiency factor

Stall Pattern

Stall Pattern

## Wing Stall Wing root stalls before wing tip

Why ? Stall warning : - Wing and fuselage shake - Control stick shake - Lift still present Aileron still effective

Wing Characteristics
Good Stall Characteristics Low Design Cost Medium Span Efficiency High Stress at Root Chord

Wing Characteristics
Medium Stall Characteristics Medium Design Cost Medium Span Efficiency Medium Stress at Root Chord

Wing Characteristics
Bad Stall Characteristics Medium Design Cost Medium Span Efficiency Medium Stress at Root Chord

Wing Characteristics
Bad Stall Characteristics High Design Cost Low Span Efficiency Low Stress at Root Chord Problem with Stability

Wing Characteristics
Medium Stall Characteristics High Design Cost Good Span Efficiency Medium Stress at Root Chord

## Stall Warning Devices

Aerodynamical Stall Warning - Geometric Twist - Aerodynamic Twist - Stall Strip - Wing Fence

## Stall Warning Devices

Mechanic Electrical Stall Warning - Lift Transducer - Angle of Attack Indicating System

## Aerodynamical Stall Warning

Geometric Twist or Wash Out

Aerodynamic Twist
Used of Cambered Airfoil at Wing root and Symmetrical Airfoil at Wing tip
CL

Stall Strip

Wing Fence

Lift Transducer

## High Lift Devices

Flaps
Purpose: vary the camber of the wing section. Increase wing area Method: leading or trailing edge hinged sections.

## Trailing Edge Flaps

Types of Flaps

Plain Flaps

simple hinged design. increased in CLmax. Increased Drag. zero lift angle reduced. reduced.

Split Flaps

flat plate deflected from lower wing greater increase in CLmax than plain flap. Large increase in drag. Design good for steep approaches due to high drag

Slotted Flap

Similar to plain flap but with air slot. upper boundary layer is energised through slot. Separation is delayed Much greater increase in CLmax than previous types. Lower drag than previous types.

Slotted Flap

## Effect of Flaps on lift

Higher CL max lower AOA

## Effect of flaps on pitching moments.

Trailing edge flaps produce nosenosedown pitching moment. Trailing edge flaps may produce increased downwash over the empanage.

## Effect of flaps on pitching moments.

Leading edge flaps create nose up pitching moment. Leading edge flaps reduce stability near the stall. Combined LE and TE flap pitching moments depend on individual aircraft.

## Use of Flaps for Take Off

Shorter take-off roll. takeReduces best angle of climb performance. More than Takeoff flap results in high drag

## Lift Augmentation devices on Landing.

Slower approach speeds lower cockpit angles Increased drag

## Used of flaps on landing

Slats/Slots
A small highly cambered auxiliary aerofoil section fixed to the LE of the wing. Types: Fixed, Automatic, Manual

Operation of Slats
The slat generates a high lift coefficient because of its marked camber. The slot delays separation until higher AoA and lift coefficient than a plain wing.

## Effect of Slot, Slats on Lift

prolonged lift curve higher value of CL max.
higher AOA.

Uses of Slats
Increase CL max. Reduced landing speeds low speed handling Ideal on Delta wing aircraft Controls flow pattern and lift distribution

Effect of Slats on Pressure Distribution. Slats maintain higher energy boundary layer. Separation delayed by thin leading edge of slat separation delayed by energized slot boundary layer.

Fixed Slot

## Boundary Layer Control

Blowing - high speed air is used to speed up retarded sub-layer and resubreenergize boundary layer Sucking - is used to reattach higher energy streamlined flow to the surface Vortex Generators - re-energize the reboundary layer by the use of vortices which move the faster moving air down into the boundary layer.

Blowing BLC

Sucking BLC

Vortex Generator

Vortex Generator

Spoilers