Mean Aerodynamic Chord and Area

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In summary, the Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC) is a measure of the average chord length of a wing or airfoil, calculated by dividing the wing's total area by its span. It is important in determining stability and control of an aircraft, as well as in wing design and analysis. The MAC differs from wing area in that it takes into account varying chord lengths. It is also used to determine the location of the center of gravity, which should be located at or near the MAC for optimal performance. The MAC can be calculated using equations or by measuring the wing's dimensions manually.
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If I have a problem in which the laminar/turbulent transition point is said to be 50% the mean aerodynamic chord, how can I find the area of the wing over which there is laminar flow? Is it simply half the wing area?

Aerodynamic chord is MAC=S/b, with S the surface area of the wing and b the wing span.
So 50% of MAC, that's 0.5*S/b, so yes, it's half the wing area.

What is the "Mean Aerodynamic Chord"?

The Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC) is a measure of the average chord length of a wing or airfoil. It is calculated by taking the wing's total area and dividing it by the wing's span.

Why is the MAC important?

The MAC is important because it is used to determine the stability and control of an aircraft. It is also used in the design and analysis of wings to ensure proper aerodynamic performance.

How is the MAC different from the wing area?

The wing area is the total surface area of the wing, while the MAC is the average chord length. The MAC takes into account the varying chord lengths along the wing, whereas the wing area does not.

What is the relationship between the MAC and the center of gravity?

The MAC is used to determine the location of the center of gravity for an aircraft. The center of gravity should be located at or near the MAC for optimal stability and control.

How is the MAC calculated?

The MAC is calculated by dividing the wing's total area by the wing's span. This can be done using mathematical equations or by measuring the wing's dimensions and calculating it manually.

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