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Homework Help: Stress analysis on spars for an airfoil

  1. Dec 27, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If I have two spars running through an airfoil, which can be assumed to be two dimensional, which method would I use to find the stresses at the points where the spars are fixed? The loads would be lift and drag and what I need are the bending and shear stresses. Because I have more than one spar, I am looking at a statically indeterminate problem.
    Another question, my professor said that to simplify the problem, I can apply the lift and drag forces at the quarter chord point. Would these forces act on the mean camber line or at the upper or lower surfaces?
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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I don't think I've been taught how to do this yet. I am willing to read ahead but I don't know what I should be reading. I have access to the Beer and Johnston Mechanics of Materials textbook

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  3. Jan 2, 2015 #2
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  4. Jan 3, 2015 #3


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    I would assume that the drag force acts on the centre line of the spars so that it doesn't cause any twisting of the wing (and to make the problem easier :) )

    Aside: Real wings have a "pitching moment" that tends to twist the wing nose downwards. It's why the tail on most aircraft is set at a negative angle of attack.

    That should allow you to work out how the lift force is shared between the two spars.

    I'm not a mech. eng. so not sure how you work out the rest.
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