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Wing Shapes and Areas Investigations

If so instructed by your teacher, print out a worksheet page for these problems.

For each of the wing planforms below:

1. Determine the area of the wing.
2. Enter the data in the table.
3. Compute the area for both wings.
4. Start the FoilSim program.

a) Set the following conditions:

Airspeed = 100 mph
Altitude = 0 feet
Angle = 0 degrees
Thickness = 12.5%
Camber = 0
Area = 1.0 sq ft

b) Assume and enter the following for all wing planforms:

Airspeed = 100 mph
Altitude = 2000 feet
Angle = 2 degrees
Thickness = 1.25%
Camber = 0

c) Enter the areas you determined for each aircraft (both wings).

{Hint: Lift and Area are directly proportional. If the area is over 1000 sq. ft., then divide it by 10 and enter that number. When you get the lift, multiply it by 10 to get the real value!}

5. Record the lift generated by each entry in your table.
6. Design, test, and draw a wing planform for a new aircraft. The new aircraft will weigh 11,500 pounds.
(Use the same settings in FoilSim that you used before. Some experimentation with the wing dimensions will be necessary. Designs must be compound shapes to receive credit.)
7. Record your data in the table.

 Aircraft: Area of one wing: Area of two wings: Lift Generated: Wright Brothers Space Shuttle F-18 (Blue Angels) Boeing 747 Concorde Name of Your Aircraft: ( > 11,500 pounds)

9. Design Planform for the _____________________________wing:
(Remember to include dimensions.)

Related Pages:
Standards
Worksheet Lesson Index
Aerodynamics Index

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