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Aerodynamics
Professor KS Choi
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Pressure distribution around a circular cylinder
The pressure drag of a circular cylinder per unit span with radius a is given by
u u
t
d ) p  (p a  = D
2
0
cos
}
whose drag coefficient is defined by
A V
D
C
2
D
2
1
, where . Therefore,
u u
u u
u u
t
t
t
d
C
 =
d
V
) p  (p
 =
a
V
d ) p  (p a
 = C
p
2
0
2
2
0
2
2
0
D
cos
2
1
cos
2
1
) 2 (
cos
2
1
2
1
}
}
}
where, the pressure coefficient C
p
is given by
2
2
1
V
p p
C
p
The coordinate system used for the integral of static pressure around a circular
cylinder to give the pressure drag. Here, p is the static pressure over the cylinder
surface and p
\

+ + = +
a
K
V p V p u


.

\


.

\

+ =
=
2
2
2
1
sin 2 1
aV
K
V
p p
C
p
u
Here, the term involving K is due to the added circumferential velocity of the
vortex. Therefore, the drag coefficient C
D
is given by
u u
t
d
C
 = C
p
2
0
D
cos
2
1
}
u u u
t
d
aV
K
o
cos sin 2 1
2
1
2
2
}


.

\


.

\

+ = = 0
In other words, the drag on a circular cylinder is zero due to inviscid (potential
flow) theory. This is dAlemberts paradox.
The lift L on a circular cylinder per unit span can be calculated by
u u
t
d ) p  (p a  = L
2
0
sin
}
Therefore, the Lift coefficient
A V
L
C
2 L
2
1
is given by
u u
t
d C C
o
p L
sin
2
1
2
}
= u u u
t
d
aV
K
o
sin sin 2 1
2
1
2
2
}


.

\


.

\

+ =
Using the flowing integrals
0 sin sin
2
0
3
2
0
= =
} }
u u u u
t t
d d and d
=
}
2
0
2
sin
the lift coefficient is given by
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a
K
V
C
L
.
2t
=
Since the circulation is given by K t 2 = I (see a note below), the lift is given by
I = V L
This is the KuttaJoukowski theorem on lift, which can apply to two
dimensional objects of any size and shape. It states that the lift on a body is
proportional to the fluid density, the freestream velocity and the circulation
around the body.
The positive lift (upwards) is produced when the vortex is clockwise, while the
negative lift is given when the vortex is counterclockwise.
The circulation around a closed circuit is defined by
l d V
I
}
For a simple vortex with strength K, the circumferential velocity is
r
K
v =
u
.
Therefore,
= v
(2r) =
r
K
(2r) = 2K
This relates the circulation to the vortex strength K.
V
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K
Increasing circulation ,
which gives geater lift L.
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Thin flatplate aerofoil
A thin flat plate is the simplest form of aerofoil, which can be modelled by a
sheet of vortex with a distribution
1/2 _
0
) 1 ( sin 2 ) (
x
C
U x o = . Here, U
0
is the
freestream velocity, is the angle of attack, and C is the chord length.
The circulation around a thin flat plate can be obtained by integrating ) (x over
the plate length, i.e. =
}
C
dx x
0
) ( . The lift on the aerofoil can then be obtained
from the KuttaJoukowski theorem
L = U
0
= U
0
}
C
x
C
dx U
0
1/2 _
0
) 1 ( sin 2 o = U
0
2
o t sin C
The lift coefficient on a thin flat plate can be given by
C U
L
C
L 2
0 2
1
= to o t 2 sin 2 ~ =
While, the moment coefficient about the leading edge of the flat plate is given
by
2 2
sin
2
2
0 2
1
to o t
~ = =
C U
M
C
M
4
L
C
=
This means that the centre of moment is located at the onequarterchord point
(irrespective of the angle of attack) from the leading edge. Here, C
M
is positive
when the pitching moment is counterclockwise.
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Aerofoils
Cessna 150 uses NACA 2412 aerofoil.
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0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
x/c
y
/
c
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0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
x/c
y
/
c
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0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
x/c
y
/
c
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0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
x/c
y
/
c
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0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.4
x/c
y
/
c
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0.1
0
0.1
0.2
0.3
x/c
y
/
c
Aerofoil characteristics
This diagramme shows the lift coefficient C
L
as a function of the angle of attack
, where
L=0
is the zerolift angle of attack. Typically
L=0
is a small negative
value. The sensitivity of C
L
to the angle of attack is given by the lift slope a
0
.
The maximum lift coefficient C
L, max
is observed just before the stall, where
there is a flow separation from the surface of aerofoil.
NACA 0012 aerofoil (Re = 20,000)
= 2
= 6
= 4
= 8
= 10
= 12
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These figures show that the flow separation behaviour is different from aerofoil
to aerofoil. It also depends on the Reynolds number.
NACA 0015 aerofoil (Re = 160,000)
= 13.4
= 14.4
= 14.8
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Thin aerofoils
NACA 0012 aerofoil is a symmetric aerofoil (see an attached diagramme)
whose thickness is 12% of the chord length. The aerodynamic characteristics of
this relatively thin aerofoil are very similar to those of a thin flat plate. Here, the
lift coefficient and moment coefficient are given by
C
L
= 2 and C
M, C/4
= 0
NACA 2412 aerofoil is identical to NACA 0012 in shape except that it is
cambered (curved). Here, the maximum camber is 2% of the chord length,
which is located at 40% from the leading edge. The lift coefficient C
L
of this
aerofoil is given by
C
L
= 2 ( 
L=0
)
Indicating that there is a lift on the aerofoil even at zero angle of attack.
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The moment coefficient C
M, C/4
at the quarter chord is not zero, i.e.
C
M, C/4
0
In other words, the quarter chord is not the centre of the pressure for cambered
aerofoils in general.
Pressure distribution over an aerofoil
The figure shows the pressure distribution over the upper (suction) surface of
NASA LS(1)0417 subsonic (laminar flow) aerofoil at zero angle of attack. The
static pressure reduces sharply from the leading edge to about 10% chord. After
that the pressure remains constant up to 60% chord, although there is a small
but steady increase in the pressure. Then the pressure increases rapidly toward
the trailing edge, but the level of adverse (positive) pressure gradient is not
severe enough to bring about a flow separation.
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When the same aerofoil is set to an angle of attack of 18.4, a flow separation
can be observed over the upper surface of the aerofoil as shown below. The
pressure distribution at this condition is shown in a figure, indicating that there
is a very sharp drop in surface pressure near the leading edge followed by a
rapid increase. In other words, there is a strong, adverse pressure gradient just
downstream of the leading edge, which leads to a flow separation.
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Finitespan wings
So far, our discussion has been restricted to twodimensional aerofoils
(infinitely long wings). For finitespan wings, there is a development of a three
dimensional vortical system as shown in a figure. A simplified horseshoe vortex
model for the vortex system consists of a bound vortex that is attached to the
wing with trailing vortices coming off the wing tips.
The development of a horseshoe vortex over finitespan wings can be explained
by the pressure difference between the lower and upper surfaces. A flow is
induced at wing tips from the lower surface where the pressure is higher to
upper surface with lower pressure, creating vortex rollups that trail in the
downstream. The horseshoe vortex will induce a downwash, a negative v
velocity, to cause an extra drag to the wings.
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Induced drag
As a result of trailing vortices from the wing tips, there is a downwash velocity
in the downstream of the wing, which can be given by
s
w
4
=
This suggests that the magnitude of downwash w is increased with the
circulation (therefore with the lift L), but is reduced with an increase in wing
span s.
We can apply the KuttaZhukovsky theorem to obtain the induced drag D
i
due
to the downwash velocity w as follows.
D
i
= w
Here, the induced drag will be normal to an induced velocity, i.e. parallel to the
freestream direction.
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The induced drag coefficient is given by
C
Di
= C
L
2
/ ( AR)
Where, AR is the aspect ratio (the span divided by the chord) of the wing. As a
result of the downwash, the lift coefficient of finite span wings is reduced from
an infinite slope a
0
to a, given by
a = a
0
(
AR
C
L
)
while the total drag coefficient is increased by an addition of C
Di
=
AR
2
C
L
.
AR
2
0 0
C
C C C C
L
D Di D D
+ = + = .
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Flaps
The trailing edge flap effectively increases the camber of an aerofoil, thereby
creating a negative zerolift angle (see the figure). As a result, the lift curve is
shifted to the left, increasing the lift at a given angle of attack. However, the
trailing edge flap does not change the lift slope. The maximum lift is increased
with a trailing edge flap, but the maximum lift angle is slightly reduced.
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Slats
Slats are leadingedge devices for boundary layer control of an aerofoil, which
can be represented by a vortex as shown in a figure. Without the device, the
velocity increases (pressure reduces) rapidly over the leading edge, which
creates a strong adverse pressure gradient. This causes a leadingedge
separation at a large angle of attack. With slats, velocity over the upper aerofoil
surface is reduced (increased over the lower surface) to reduce the severity of
the adverse pressure gradient, helping the flow remain attached over the
aerofoil.
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The maximum C
L
is increased by the leadingedge device as a result of this,
although there is no change in zerolift angle.
The leadingedge device can be combined with trailing edge devices as shown
in a figure below. During the cruise, no boundarylayer control devices are
used. During the take off, some of the highlift devices are deployed. At
landing, all the devices are used.
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Stalling speed
The slowest speed at which an aeroplane can fly is the stalling speed, which is
important for a safe takeoff and landing.
Since the lift L is given by
L
AC U L
2
2
1
=
We know that L = W and C
L
= C
Lmax
just before the aircraft stall, therefore the
stalling speed is given by
max
2
L
AC
W
U =
where, W is the weight of the aircraft and C
Lmax
is the maximum lift coefficient.
In order to reduce the stalling speed, therefore, we must either reduce the
aircraft weight, increase the lifting surface or to increase C
Lmax
.
All of these are difficult to achieve once the aircraft design is finalised. Without
any scope of changing the design, the Space Shuttle has an extremely high
stalling speed of nearly 100 m/s, making the manual landing nearly impossible.
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