
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:
 Determine the area of the wing.
 Enter the data in the table.
 Compute the area for both wings.
 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!}
 Record the lift generated by each entry in your table.
 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.)
 Record your data in the table.
 Be prepared to "sell your design" to your instructor.
Aircraft:

Area of one
wing:

Area of two
wings:

Lift
Generated:

Wright Brothers




Space Shuttle




F18 (Blue Angels)




Boeing 747




Concorde




Name of Your Aircraft:



( > 11,500 pounds)

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