Estimation of Wave Drag of Non-Transonic Airfoils Using Korn Equation
B.Tech. Graduate, Department of Aerospace, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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Approximation of Drag Divergence Mach number, Critical Mach Number and the Coefficient of Wave Drag of non-transonic airfoils using Korn equation are presented in this research paper. Due to the presence of the CFD factor which influences the aforementioned parameters heavily, transonic airfoils develop an undue advantage over non-transonic airfoils. A preliminary analysis of the behaviour of the airfoils is done using XFLR5 wherein the aerodynamic characteristics such as coefficient of lift, coefficient of drag, pitching moment, stall angle and aerodynamic efficiency of the airfoils are evaluated at low Reynolds Number. In order to observe the effect of camber and thickness on the performance of airfoils, airfoils of varying camber and thickness are chosen. The airfoils chosen for this research paper are NACA 0012, NACA 0018, MH 23, NLF 0115, FX 83 W108, FX 66 S196, UltraSport 1000 and Clark Y (smooth). The main objective of this paper is to computationally obtain an airfoil which can perform well under both transonic and low Reynolds number conditions.