Chapter 9

The Anatomy of the Wing


A number of methods to size the wing of a new GA aircraft are presented. The chapter begins by the presentation of handy formulation to calculate various properties of trapezoidal surfaces, which is the most common planform shape for lifting surfaces like wings and horizontal and vertical tails. This is followed by the introduction of various concepts, topics, and methods for laying out the wing planform. These include aspect ratio, taper ratio, washout, and wing incidence angle. In order to help the designer evaluate the pros and cons of typical wing planform shapes, suitable for the new aircraft, a detailed discussion follows. In addition to the large number of different geometries presented detailed ...

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