Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 405–409 | Cite as

Wind tunnel tests of wings at Reynolds numbers below 70 000

  • E. V. Laitone


 Rectangular planform wings were tested at Reynolds numbers as low as 20 000 in a low turbulence wind tunnel. The lift and drag measurements on a NACA 0012 profile were compared with those for thin flat and cambered plates. For all Reynolds numbers below 70 000 the best profile was a thin plate with a 5% circular arc camber. At all turbulence levels this profile produced the greatest lift-drag ratio, and had the highest lift coefficient at all angles of attack. The 5% camber and all of the thin plates tested were relatively insensitive to either a variation in the Reynolds number, or an increase in the wind tunnel turbulence level, whereas the NACA 0012 was very seriously affected by either, at Reynolds numbers below 50 000.


Reynolds Number Wind Tunnel Thin Plate Lift Coefficient Turbulence Level 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Laitone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering University of California Berkeley, CA 94702, USAUS

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