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...

Design Process: Planform Shape

Last month we took a look at the effects of span and aspect ratio. At this point on the design of the wing, we...

Design Process: Span and Aspect Ratio

At this point in the design process we have determined the wing area. The choice of high- versus low-wing and structural concept of the...

Design Process: Cantilever Wings

Last month we began our discussion of the structural layout of the wing with a look at externally braced wings. We now turn our...

Design Process: Braced Wings

As we saw last month, the designer has two fundamental choices of wing structural architecture: cantilever or externally braced. In a cantilever layout all...

Design Process: Wing Structure

Last month we started our discussion of wing design with a look at the vertical placement of the wing on the fuselage (high versus...

Design Process: Wing Design

At this point in the design process, we have gotten the airplane sized, balanced, and after six months of consideration gotten the landing gear...

Design Process: Landing Gear, Part 6

Last month, I ran out of space before getting to the end of our discussion of landing gear. This month, we conclude the series...

Design Process: Landing Gear, Part 5

For the past few editions of Wind Tunnel, we’ve been exploring the factors that drive the configuration and placement of landing gear. Last month...

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