• How Do Wings Generate Lift? 1. Popular Myths, What They Mean and Why They Work

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      Airfoil, Bernoulli’s principle, viscosity, streamline curvature, vorticity, irrotational flow.

    • Abstract


      How lift is generated by a moving wing is understood satisfactorily.But the rigorous explanation requires elaboratetheoretical background, and hence there are many simplerexplanations in the popular literature. In the first part of thisarticle, some such popular models are discussed after brieflydealing with some required preliminary ideas. The concludingpart of the article will deal with some simple quantitativemodels and then tie up many of these simple ideas and propositionstogether to the rigorous momentum conservation principleplacing these popular models in perspective.

    • Author Affiliations


      M D Deshpande1 M Sivapragasam1

      1. Department of Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, M S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Peenya Industrial Area, Bengaluru 560 058, India.
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