Questions tagged [aerodynamics]

Use with questions about the interaction of air with and around parts of an unmanned aircraft.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4 votes
1 answer
79 views

Using BMP280 as an altimeter for CanSat

Situation: Me and my student team want to use a BMP280 air pressure sensor connected to an Arduino Nano to measure the altitude of a CanSat. A CanSat is a coca cola can-shaped and can-sized aerial ...
user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
28 views

How to calculate frictional losses in convergent nozzles and convergent-divergent nozzles?

I have searched up a lot of articles and papers relating the subject but not satisfied with the results. Most of them are showing the losses in pipes which I already know from Darcy-Wiesbach equations ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
39 views

How to couple panel method velocities with boundary layer equations to obtain viscous pressure and lift coefficient?

I have calculated CP(pressure coefficient) and CL(Lift coefficient) for a NACA2412 airfoil using the panel method but as it only allows us to calculate the same for inviscid flow, I could not get the ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
98 views

Question about Mars Ingenuity helicopter's wide-chord blades

I marveled at the two flight videos today on YouTube by Perseverance helicopter flights during Ingenuity mission. Got me thinking. Why aren’t the helicopter blades wider? I would like to think that in ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
69 views

How do aerodynamics for small model aircraft differ from that of larger aircraft?

I am reading an aerodynamics textbook (Introduction to Aerodynamics by Anderson). I am still in the chapters that deal with subsonic aerodynamics, which seems to have a focus on life-sized manned ...
user avatar
  • 343
10 votes
4 answers
2k views

Do aerodynamics scale for model aircraft?

If I wanted to make a scale model plane that looked like a real aircraft, could I just scale down all of the measurements of the actual aircraft to make a model aircraft with similar flight ...
user avatar
  • 5,532
5 votes
1 answer
180 views

How do thrust requirements change as a multirotor leaves ground effect?

Assuming either a quadcopter or a hexacopter, is there any published data on how much more energy is expended to escape the ground effect? Is it a function of the thrust being produced to lift the ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
876 views

How do I calculate thrust for a quadrocopter?

I am designing a quadrocopter style aircraft that uses a 20 inch propeller 1.625 inches in width and has a pitch of 8 inches. How do I calculate static lift / thrust and the dynamic thrust / lift ...
user avatar
10 votes
1 answer
169 views

How to determine the correct specification of servo for a control surface

Servos come in a large range of sizes, torque values, etc. and the servo to use depends on a number of factors such as control surface size, aircraft speed and desired manoeuvrability. While there is ...
user avatar
  • 5,921
8 votes
1 answer
418 views

What is the typical glide ratio of Kline-Fogleman airfoils?

Kline-Fogleman (KFm) airfoils, despite their seeming contradiction with known principles of aerodynamics, seem to be very popular in RC modelling, and are known to have a peculiar stall behavior, with ...
user avatar
  • 2,897
4 votes
1 answer
156 views

What is the most thrust dense copter configuration?

I need to make a compact drone that does not need to be fast, nor very power efficient*. I wanted to know what is the most mass I can lift with the smallest footprint**. To make this question more ...
user avatar
  • 173