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Minimum drag due to lift for a delta wing with sonic leading edges


Strand, Torstein (1954) Minimum drag due to lift for a delta wing with sonic leading edges. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


Using linearized theory a close approximation to the optimum camber and twist distribution of a Delta wing of zero thickness with sonic leading edges has been obtained.

The optimum wing has a camber line that is negative over the front quarter of the total planform area and is positive over the remaining area. A certain amount of washout is exhibited.

Compared to the flat plate a saving in induced drag of slightly over 7 percent is shown. The leading edges are relieved of a considerable portion of the total lift. It is shown that this lift has been re-distributed over the central part of the wing.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Lagerstrom, Paco A.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1954
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12122003-094215
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ID Code:4956
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Deposited On:15 Dec 2003
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:13

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