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A New Airfoil Optimized For Light Aircraft Performance
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published September 11, 2001 by SAE International in United States
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A new low Reynolds number, natural laminar flow airfoil design and its impact on performance of a generic light sailplane are presented. Several previously published airfoils, the Liebeck/Camacho LA203A and the Somers/Maughmer SM701, were used as a starting point. They are examined along with several new attempts to further the state of the art for natural laminar flow, single element airfoils. The computational tool XFOIL was used to analyze these airfoils, and the resulting data were adjusted and applied to a generic Sporting Class sailplane design. The results indicated that overall performance improvements are possible over the SM701, the LA203A, and a third reference airfoil.
CitationDees, P., "A New Airfoil Optimized For Light Aircraft Performance," SAE Technical Paper 2001-01-2991, 2001, https://doi.org/10.4271/2001-01-2991.
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