3DFoil is a fast and accurate software package for Windows 7, 8 and 10 for analyzing finite (3D) wings, keels, rudders and hydrofoils. It gets its speed and accuracy from our novel numerical algorithm that couples the vortex lattice method (based on vortex rings) with a linear strength panel method. Together, these two methods compute accurate values of the lift, drag (both profile and vortex) and moments.
3DFoil has an easy to use interface that enables accurate design and analysis of 3D interacting surfaces (up to 8 in 3DFoil) based on your airfoil cross sectional shapes. The software is used to design wings or hydrofoils with finite spans, taper, twist, dihedral angles and sweep (forward or backward). It is an excellent tool for developing effective winglets, kite hydrofoils, L-foils and other aerodynamic surfaces.
Wing analysis in 3DFoil is more accurate than 2D airfoil analysis because it computes the lift for a finite span of any aspect ratio, the vortex drag and the profile drag. In addition, 3DFoil can perform a full stability analysis for multiple wings that also outputs the angle of flight and the stability derivatives (longitudinal and lateral) for any configuration.
The above tutorial shows how the software is used to design and analyze a flying wing.
3DFoil is a lite version of MultiSurface Aerodynamics with 8 surfaces instead of 30. Please click here for more information about Mutisurface Aerodynamics.
3DFoil requires a PC, Laptop or tablet running MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10.
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|Vortex lattice method (using vortex ring)|
|Linear Strength Panel Method for Airfoil Analysis|
|Boundary Layer Solver (for profile drag)|
|Three Degree of Freedom Trajectory Analysis|
|Eight (8) Tapered Surfaces|
|Mirror Image Setting|
|Ground Effect Setting|
|NACA 4, 5 & 6 Digit Airfoil Tool|
|Built-in UIUC Airfoil Database (Over 1000 airfoils)|
|Custom Airfoils (Text/DXF File Import)|
|Precision Airfoil Plotting Utility|
|Export 3D Wings to STL File|
|Export Airfoils to DXF File|
|Printable Performance Reports|
|Cl, Cd & Cm versus Angle of Attack Plot|
|Lift/Drag Polar Plot|
|Export Tables to CSV File|
"For this study, the aerodynamic forces and moments are computed using MultiSurface Aerodynamics (MSA)14 software."
"The aerodynamics of the aircraft is computed using a commercial code called MultiSurface Aerodynamics (MSA)."
"Each board was analyzed with Hanley Innovations 3DFoil software to assess the lift and drag of the main shaft (vertical portion of the daggerboard) and the tip (horizontal portion). There is a significant carryover of the lift from one foil section to the other ..."
Airfoil Digitizer converts images from the Clipboard, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF to DXF, UIUC and VisualFoil formats.
The Aerodynamics is a suite comprising of 3DFoil, MultiElement Airfoils (Lite Edition) and VisualFoil 5.0.
VisualFoil Plus has the capability to analyze airfoils in subsonic, transoinc and supersonic flows. Purchase a perpetual license of the software for only $189.