Re: Importance of wing AR?
Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:27 pm
geron wrote: ↑Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:58 pmThank you Peter; I wonder what would be the characteristics of a very low aspect wing 1-2, with a very high surface area (1000 cm2) and a very low chord ratio (1-15)?
I want to think that it would be a wing that you could go very slow with a high angle of atack (more back foot pressure) but you could also go ver fast since it would not generate too much drag (because of the low chord ratio)
Yes, in theory you are right.
But why do you want that ?
You can not ride fast if you are not good and experienced...
And when you are, you dont want such an inefficient wing (low AR) that goes bad upwind and high drag/low speed upwind.
What you see on existing wings are the opposite - the high AR wings are the thin ones, and the low AR wings are the thick and/or cambered ones.
This makes much more sense, to support what one want to do with a given AR usually