View Single Post
Old 08-30-2012, 11:18 AM   #1165
Canadian living in exile
g容g's Avatar
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: 41.655984,-71.302657
Oddometer: 6,741
Originally Posted by wannaklr View Post
That McLaren outer board is just dead sexy!

Always wondered why the leading edges were so blunt. Figured a knife edge would have less drag.

I am not an aerodynamicist, and would love a simple answer.
probably structural (easier to make strong) and also attached flow.
the leading edge of an airplane wing isn't a knife edge either.

but... dunno

from a glider builders forum.....
You dont want to have a sharp leading edge, because then the wing will want to chop through the air, and not fly smoothly. When the leading edge is pointed it has a greater tendency to want to hunt its way through the air. what i mean by this is that it will be flying one direction, and then a change in the air will cause it to move in a different direction very rapidly, and not smoothly like if it were round.
Europe 2013 Europe 2012 Europe 2011 England 2010 Gaspe PQ 2008 Nova Scotia 2007

Try to see the world beyond your front door.
g容g is offline   Reply With Quote