Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-3359

Relationship of Wing Drag to Entropy Production 2005-01-3359

Much of the basic understanding of aerodynamics is a result of research conducted in the early part of the twentieth century. A prominent example is the understanding of the cause of the drag due to lift, or induced drag. In this explanation the drag due to lift is connected with the trailing vortices that can be seen behind a wing. In this paper an explanation is derived for the existence of all wing drag, including drag due to lift. The drag formulation arises from the relationship of surface pressure to entropy generated predominantly by vorticity in the flow field. This new formulation allows the total drag to be split into the contributions made by different flow features. It also leads to suggestions on how to reduce drag


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