VisualFoil 5.0 for Airfoil Analysis/Design

VisualFoil 5

Knowledge of airfoil performance is critical to the success of aerodynamics professional and students. VisualFoil 5.0 is a modern easy-to-use airfoil analysis and design software for Windows XP,7,8 & 10. VisualFoil quickly and inexpensively determines the airfoils for superior performing  wings, spoilers, struts, hydrofoils, keels, rudders and other aerodynamic and support structures.

Subscribe for $129 per year


VisualFoil 5 enables you to analyze your custom airfoil shapes on your Windows PC/Laptop. It also has a built-in library of NACA 4, 5 & 6-digit shapes and the airfoil in the UIUC database. The uniqe stall model predicts the maximum lift coefficient and angle of attack for maximum lift. The user interface features graphs, flow diagrams and tables that can be copied to other Windows software (such as MS Word Excel).

Flow Solvers

VisualFoil 5 is based on a linear-strength vortex panel method to solve the inviscid outer flow. This enables fast analysis on Windows laptops and tablets. The novel boundary layer solver accurately predicts transition, separation and stall. The program computes Cl, Cd and Cm for your custom airfoil shapes in addition the UIUC library and NACA 4, 5 and 6-digit airfoils.


A poorly performing airfoil will result in a poorly performing wing. If you are designing a wing for a UAV, light aircraft, or car, VisualFoil will provide the absolute best start for your project. The same is true for keels, rudders and hydrofoils. High endurance, range and speed capabilities demand high performance airfoils.

VisualFoil Determines the Best Airfoil for Your Working Prototype

"The slope of the lift curve is obtained by means of the ratio cl/a, using data obtained through a computer code for airfoil analysis, VisualFoil"

Aerodynamic Optimization of an UAV Design,AIAA 2005-7399, AIAA 5th Aviation Technology, Integration & Operations Conference, September 2005, Arlington, VA.

"The aerodynamic coefficients were calculated using the commercial CFD solver VisualFoil (Hanley, 2004)"

Analysis and simulation of a wind-electric battery charging system, International Journal of Energy Research Volume 30, Issue 8, pages 633–646, 25 June 2006

"The panel method Visual Foil used in Fig.6a is that of Dr. Patrick E. Hanley. This is the method used to find the airfoil in the patent application A/00551. "


"In order to obtain the power of a larger-size system, the lift and drag coefficients were calculated with VisualFoil (Hanley Innovations) software (cited above)."

US Patent: Oscillating fluid power generator, US 8657575 B2. Feb 25, 2014

Uses of VisualFoil

Compare the performance of many airfoils on a single graph.

VisualFoil can predict profile drag and stall for your wing design.

VisualFoil has an extensive library of airfoils for your designs.

VisualFoil graphs Cp at various angles of attack to determine the limits of your design.

VisualFoil 5 Subscription

VisualFoil 5 reqires a PC, Laptop or tablet running MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10. The subscription cost of the full version is $129 per year.

Subscribe for $129 per year

Subscribe to the Lite Version

A Lite version of VisualFoil (VisualFoil-NACA) is available for only $19 per year. This version (as it name implies) is limited to NACA 4, 5 and 6-digit airfoils. All the other features of the full version remain intact in the NACA version.

Subscribe to Lite Version for $19 US/Year