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Horizontal tip extensions and C-wing design for stability of tailless drone

I am a robotics student and new to aeronautics. My task for a project is to build a flying wing drone with limited wingspan (<1m), 25cm chord at wing root, total load of 2.5kg (1.5kg empty) and ...
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Why don't propeller designers use multiple profiles?

I'm designing a ducted fan, and I'm deciding on the airfoil profile. NACA 16-series profiles are well-suited to M > .5 or .6, but they're not particularly efficient at lower Mach numbers. On the other ...
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Generating NACA airfoils with three digit maximal thickness numbers

I have two wind turbine blades, one that that consists of NACA 44xx airfoils and the other NACA 63-2xx airfoils. Some sections of these blades have airfoils whose maximal thickness are specified by ...
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Can adding stationary bades after an axial ducted fan increase efficiency?

When searching for this online I did not seem to be able to find any examples of this, which might imply that this idea does not work (or I did not use the right search terms). I have seen the use of ...
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When were airfoil cross-sections first used in turbine blades?

When were airfoil cross-sections first used in turbine blades? When did this become standard practice? Did people understand the connection to aircraft, or did heavier-than-air aircraft exist at all ...
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Determination of a Joukowski airfoil chord (demonstration)

I'm currently studying Aerodynamics, and one thing that I noticed is that the maximum and minimum $x$ coordinate of the airfoils (which are necessary to compute the chord) on the transformed plane (...
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How to scale airfoil coordinates to achieve the required size?

I'm using airfoil data that is generated by a program. The generated airfoil has a chord length of 1 unit. I want to know how to scale up this airfoil to required chord length. My airfoil series ...
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How to generate NACA 5 digit airfoil coordinates?

I want to generate NACA 63824 airfoil coordinates to use them in my bachelor thesis. I tried airfoil tools and java foil. But I can't generate 638xx series. Can you recommend me a program or a code ...
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Wingspan formula for an Ornithopter

How do i figure out what the wing area/sqft needs to be for a functioning wing-flapping ornithopter? Lets say for example there is 500# of force moving the wings up and down, and the wings and ...
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Hydrofoil for skeg-hung rudder with forward centre-of-effort

I am trying to see how much I can reduce the torque on a rudder post by changing the foil shape. I think I need a rudder with a centre-of-effort further ahead than average but I don't know what rudder ...
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What does high coefficient of moment mean for an aircraft?

After designing an aircraft idea I had in XFLR5, I noticed that it had a really high coefficient of moment (Cm) compared to other wings of similar size. What does this mean? I played around with my ...