Aspects of the Application of a Three Dimensional Panel Method Tool in the Design of a Light Aircraft 2005-01-4161
This paper presents the computer implementation process of the Panel Method for aerodynamic analysis of three dimensional bodies with or without lift. The computer implementation consists in the creation of pre and post processing environments and a solver for the solution of the problem in external flow potential over three dimensional bodies with and without lift. For cases in which there’s no lift, a constant distribution of sources over the body (fusaleges, farings, etc.) is used, their intensities calculated in order to guarantee impermeability of the body. For cases in which there is lift, a constant distribution of sources and doublets are used on the body (wings, tails, etc.). The intensity of the sources is solved in the same manner as cases with no lift. Intensity of doublets is solved in order to satisfy the equality condition regarding pressure on the under and upper side of the trailing edge (Kutta Condition) of the body without lift. An analysis of the aircraft CEA-308 is shown in order to illustrate the use of the developed program in light aircraft projects.