3-D Wing Aerodynamics Simulations with 3DFoil

3D Wing Aerodynamics Simulations

3DFoil results compares well with experiments from N.A.C.A Report No. 647, 1938, Figure.[1].

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We used 3DFoil to perform aerodynamic simulations for a rectangular wing based on a NACA 0012 airfoil. Results were compared with a NACA experiment performed in 1938, Ref. [1]. NACA tested a full sized wing with a span dimension of 36 feet and chord of 6 feet. The tests were performed in a full scale wind tunnel. We compared the results of 3DFoil, our vortex lattice package, against the experiments conducted on the NACA 0012 version of the wing. The results show excellent agreement between 3DFoil and the experiments for the lift and drag coefficients.

3D Wing Aerodynamics Simulations

Figure [1]. NACA Report No. 647, 1938.

3D Wing Aerodynamics Simulations

Figure [2]. Lift vs. angle of attack (degrees). 3DFoil (blue); Experiment (orange)

3D Wing Aerodynamics Simulations

Figure [3]. Drag vs. angle of attack (degrees). 3DFoil (blue); Experiment (grey)


Goett, H. J., & Bullivant, W. K. (1938). Tests of NACA 0009, 0012, and 0018 airfoils in the full-scale tunnel. Washington, DC, USA: US Government Printing Office.

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