Aerodynamic Design of Transport Aircraft by E. Obert

By E. Obert

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Finally, when the displacement thickness has been determined the detailed pressure distribution can be obtained by analysing an equivalent body in potential flow. The equivalent body is obtained by adding the displacement thickness to the actual body. The Kutta-Joukowski condition is also determined on the basis of the equivalent body. *5"5*0/40'#06/%"3:-":&35)&03*&4t 8 The limitations of boundary layer theories In this chapter, various issues concerning the quality of boundary layer theories will be addressed briefly.

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$Lmax, buffet boundary t8FJHIU It should be emphasised that estimating the weight and aerodynamic characteristics with sufficient accuracy at an early stage of the design is really an art – but an important one and a crucial one: it determines the initial quality of the design. e. its flight handling characteristics (stability and control) must be satisfactory. The aircraft should also be reliable, which implies that: t4ZTUFNT TVDIBTOBWJHBUJPOFRVJQNFOU NVTUCFBEFRVBUF t4ZTUFNTTIBMMCFSFMJBCMFBOETVóDJFOUMZSFEVOEBOU NJOJNVNOPHPJUFNT  In civil air transport, designing a family of aircraft has become a standard procedure.

An aircraft designer should develop a good feeling for what is realizable. Knowing a bit of every aspect is not enough; the designer must have detailed knowledge about (almost) every aspect. The preliminary design must be realistic, not too optimistic as this will result in a disappointing design and not too conservative because then the competition will have a better design. The preliminary designer, at least when it comes to weight, drag and performance, does not design but predict. 15 AERODYNAMIC DESIGN OF TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT Finally, if high but realistic requirements are obtained, the next element can be addressed.

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