ESDU Aerofoils and Wings Segment

The ESDU Aerodynamics information contains a wide and ever-increasing range of data and methods applicable to the project design of aircraft, guided weapons, space rockets, etc. Data are given concerning general aerodynamics, including properties of the atmosphere; aerodynamics of airframe components, including the effect of power plant/airframe interactions for propeller-powered and jet aircraft; aerodynamics of the effect of surface imperfections on drag; aerodynamics of controls, flaps and leading-edge devices; aircraft stability, including derivative estimation; and aerodynamics of internal flow systems, including propulsion systems.

The Aerofoils and Wings Segment focuses on:

  • Aerofoils at Subcritical and Supersonic Speeds - Pressure Distribution, Lift, Pitching Moment and Drag
  • Critical Mach Number and Pressure Coefficient
  • Flat Plates - Boundary Layers, Skin Friction and Surface Roughness
  • Wings - Lift, Pitching Moment, Aerodynamic Centre, Spanwise Loading and Drag