Aerodynamics of Wings and Bodies by Holt Ashley

By Holt Ashley

This very good, cutting edge reference bargains a wealth of worthwhile info and an exceptional heritage within the basics of aerodynamics. Fluid mechanics, consistent density inviscid stream, singular perturbation difficulties, viscosity, thin-wing and narrow physique theories, drag minimalization, and different necessities are addressed in a full of life, literate demeanour and observed through diagrams.

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Because of the momentum loss due to the turbulent mixing in the wake the drag of the body will be quite large. On a thin airfoil at a small angle of attack the boundary layer will separate at the sharp trailing edge but there will be a very small wake so that a good model for the flow is the attached flow with the Kutta condition for the inviscid outer flow determining the circulation. 4-3 Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate We shall consider the viscous laminar high Reynolds number flow over a semi-infinite flat plate at zero angle of attack.

When separation occurs, the location of the region where viscosity is important is no longer known a priori.. The second difficulty is that for very high Reynolds numbers the flow In the boundary layer becomes unstable and transition to turbulence occurs. As yet, no complete theory for predicting turbulent flow exists. Before considering some of the model problems that may be analyzed, we will give a short description of the qualitative effects of viscosity. 4-2 Qualitative Effects of Viscosity It is a common feature of most flows of engineering interest that the viscosity of the fluid is extremely small.

When this is not possible one has to resort to some approximate method of solution. A discussion of some proposed methods may be found in Schlichting (1960). Having evaluated the first-order inner solution one may proceed to calculate the first-order effect on pressure. As was seen, this could be obtained in an equivalent manner by considering the original body to be thickened by an amount equal to the displacement thickness of the boundary layer. Since the latter is extremely small, the first-order effect on pressure is usually negligible from a practical point of view.

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