Design Process: Droops and VGs

In general, there are two ways to increase the maximum lift of a wing. The first, as we have been discussing the past couple...

Design Process: Flap Types

Last month we took a look at the trade-offs the designer should consider when defining the flap system for the airplane. The choice comes...

Design Process: Flaps

Flaps change the geometry of the wing to allow the pilot to change the aerodynamic characteristics of the airplane to match the needs of...

Laminar- vs. Turbulent-Flow Airfoils

Airfoils break down into two general classes based on the behavior of the boundary layer.

Design Process: Airfoils

Once the size and planform of the wing have been determined, it’s time to choose (or design) the airfoil.

Design Process: Stall and Roll Damping

Last time we took a look at the effect of twisting the wing. Wing twist is used to adjust both the spanwise distribution of...

Design Process: Twist Effects

For the last few months, we have been looking at how the planform affects both the distribution of lift and the distribution of lift...

Design Process: Distribution of Lift Coefficient

In the last few months, we have explored how planform and taper affect both the distribution of total lift across the span and the...

Design Process: Planform Effects on Structure and Weight

Last month we took a look at how the planform of the wing affects the spanwise distribution of lift along the wing. The shape...

Design Process: Planform Effects on Span Loading and Drag

Last month we started our discussion of wing planforms with a look at the various planform shapes in use. We now turn our attention...

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Wind Tunnel

Design process-initial weights.

Firewall Forward: Oil Coolers and Oil Lines

The right oil cooler, installed correctly, can maximize your engine’s life. Of course, you’ll also need to consider crankcase breathers, oil separators, oil filters, oil lines and connections.

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Risky Business: Checklists

Giving the madness method.