What is aerodynamics?

What is aerodynamics?

If you love to learn more about airplanes, then you have definitely asked yourself what is aerodynamics. Well, aerodynamics is the way air freely moves around things or objects. The rules of aerodynamics clearly explain how an aircraft is able to fly. The four forces of flight are drag, thrust, lift and weight. The forces make an object to move down and up, slower and faster. It takes more than wings to fly a plane. In addition to vertical and horizontal stabilizers, you might find winglets on an aircraft to control drag and slats that boost lift.

Engineers have applied the principles of aerodynamics to design different things including bridges, buildings and even soccer balls. Aerodynamics mainly comes into play in the study of science of operating and building an airplane, which is known as aeronautics. Drag is the most important aerodynamic force that actually applies to nearly every object that moves through the air. Drag is the force that normally opposes an airplane’s movement through the air. An airplane must generate thrust in order to overcome drag forces. This is accomplished with a jet engine or a motor driven propeller. When the aircraft is in level flight at a steady speed, the force of thrust is simply enough to offset the aerodynamic drag.

Aerodynamics in airplanes is very important. The force that ensures the airplane does not fall is while flying is called lift. The aircraft wing generates lift. Aerodynamics forces are used to control an airplane in flight. A pilot might utilize flaps on the inboard area of the travelling edge of the wing during landing and takeoff. Flaps increase both drag and lift while in the downward position in order to allow the aircraft to fly slower without stalling. If the smooth airflow over an aircraft’s wing is interrupted and thus decreases the amount of lift, there is a higher chance a stall can occur.

Most individuals wonder how can aerodynamics affect flight.  Aerodynamics is mainly concerned with the forces of lift and drag, which are caused by air passing around and over solid bodies. Without these forces, it will be impossible for a plane to reach its destination.

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