Thanks for answering on point. I am not out to get you, just curious.
first of all i think Naish pretty much answers your question by placing the battens in the center of the kite.
i said it in the other topic earlier and i say it here. it is unnatural because there are no successful aero(or hydro)dynamic creature analogy in the nature without the single support structure in the center of that creature, whether it is bird, bat, fish or insect. and those things evolved for the hundreds of thousands if not millions years. even the leaves have single shaft.
How about these new airplane shapes:
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http://www.digitaltrends.com/internatio ... -for-2025/
I think it is entirely possible, but the thing about animals is that they have to solve an entirely different problem than an inanimate object. There is no need to contain, use and diffuse energy and warm organs in a kite.
as you said "The kite has a wide center area...exactly where you want to create lift". and to create the lift you have to have the right wing profile. with this kite Naish put profile supporters (struts) far too close to the wing tips, i.e. areas which does not create lift. instead they use short battens in the center area.
I'm guessing the struts are there to provide structure for the canopy when the kite is turning(?). I am really no expert in this, I just find it interesting
even numbers struts works only if two closest to the center are situated pretty close to each other, like on Takoons and some Cabs. but then weight saving quality is close to none compared to odd numbered. so it is just for the sake of using even numbers.
Not quite sure what you mean here.
central strut also divide the canopy on two halves with different AoA while you turning the kite. without the central strut kite most probably is slower on turns.
This I can understand. Obviously I have not tried the kite with three struts, but I am thinking that most kites don't actually divide the canopy, it is sewn together, so there would be no or very little to gain from having a center strut for that reason. I would think that the center strut is there mainly to to keep the shape of the kite when depowered and right above when the effort and lift is created above you?
and once again look at those Genetrix Origin pictures. when i was copying them from their web site they were official photos. now they've deleted them.
you can see the wing profile distortion close to LE and you can imagine the flutter of that canopy.
and to be honest for example kite with only one center strut Airush One in bigger sizes are impaired too, again because of too large unsupported area of the canopy without the proper aerodynamic wing profile.
so, not for me!
I did not notice any significant fluttering when I tried the kite. I was kind of curious about that, but it looked pretty solid. It would interesting to try it in higher winds and super unstable winds to see if that changed anything.
To me tho I think the curreent designers have made so many advances that I find it entirely possible that they will make stabler kites with one and two struts...maybe even strutless kites.