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Lift (airplanes)

  1. Jul 4, 2008 #1
    Lift !!! (airplanes)

    I am writing a research paper about the lift generated by the wings of an airplane.
    It is about the extent to which the Bernoulli effect and Newton's laws each contribute to creating lift.

    I planned on calculating the actual value of the lift generated by each, using data on the wing profiles of airplanes. But so far, I have only managed to get stuck.

    Any ideas on how I should go about doing this?

    PS Does anybody know where I can get detailed data/measurements of airplane wing profiles?
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  3. Jul 4, 2008 #2
    Re: Lift !!! (airplanes)

    A good starting point is NASA: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/bga.html

    They also offer several free programs, such as:
    "FoilSim II computes the theoretical lift of a variety of airfoil shapes. The user can control the shape, size, and inclination of the airfoil and the atmospheric conditions in which the airfoil is flying."
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