oa CSIR Science Scope - Optimising aerofoils for best performance

Volume 1, Issue 5
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The cross-sectional shape of a wing has a surprisingly large influence on an aircraft's aerodynamic performance and efficiency. Intuition may suggest that thinner wings should produce less drag than thick wings. However, the dependency of a wing's aerodynamic efficiency on the exact shape of the cross section is much more complicated than just the overall thickness of the wing.

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