For selecting the kite size (in mÃ‚Â²) in relation to the wind (in knots) I propose a simple formula:
kn x mÃ‚Â² = constant (DetlefÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kite Rule)
The constant is in the range of 100 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 300 and dependent on the type of kite and the capability of the rider. From my experience the following values hold approximately for the lower bound <sine bows> (MIN), the optimal range (OPT) and the upper bound <pros> (MAX) for kites with projected area (Proj.) and kites with developed area (e.g. ARX and X2):
I hope for an intensive discussion about the suitable constants for the many different kites on the market. On this basis the producers will provide their customers a comparable reference for their kites sizes.
Dr.-Ing. Detlef Teichmann,
Munich, Germany, June 24th, 2002
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Detlef on 2002-06-25 22:32 ]</font>
for a better understanding two examples for my formula ( kn x mÃ‚Â² = constant):
If you fly an 11.8 mÃ‚Â² AirBlast in a range of 8.5 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 17 knots, than your lower constant is 100 (11.8 x 8.5) and your upper constant is 200 (11.8 x 17). Therefore you can go with an 16.4 mÃ‚Â² AirBlust in 6 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ12 kn (100 / 16.4 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 200 / 16.4) and an 8.4 mÃ‚Â² in 12 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 24 kn ( 100 / 8.4 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 200 / 8.4).
As you can see in the table: If you can fly a 10 mÃ‚Â² kite in 20 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 30 knots, than your constant is 200 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 300 and you can fly the 20 mÃ‚Â² kite in 10 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 15 kn or the 8 mÃ‚Â² in 25 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 37,5 kn.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Detlef on 2002-06-25 22:25 ]</font>
Typical engineering thinking... donÃ‚Â´t kill anyone in boredom. No wonder marketers take care of marketing and engineers take care of numbers.... Why canÃ‚Â´t you go to the beach, check the wind, rig the right kite straightaway and have fun? The wind will be varying anyway so... pick the 11.5 or 15.5 and rip. So f...king what if the kite is 0.88 m2 too small or big? Some people only have one or two kites and tell me, what does a calculator help? Nothing. Dank U.
and furthermore... who the hell is measuring knots when trying to manage the boldly under/owerpowered kite? Use your eyes, check the wind and go. Those who measure are on the beach and those who rip donÃ‚Â´t measure...
Deltef, I did a similar exercise a few years back regarding windsurf sail size and rig settings as part of my computing degree. I went for the full monty - electronic scales and a real time wind feed. As soon as I passed the course, I chucked it in the bin - nothing beats the human brain!