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The spanwise distribution of lift for minimum induced drag of wings having a given lift and a given bending momentThe problem of the minimum induced drag of wings having a given lift and a given span is extended to include cases in which the bending moment to be supported by the wing is also given. The theory is limited to lifting surfaces traveling at subsonic speeds. It is found that the required shape of the downwash distribution can be obtained in an elementary way which is applicable to a variety of such problems. Expressions for the minimum drag and the corresponding spanwise load distributions are also given for the case in which the lift and the bending moment about the wing root are fixed while the span is allowed to vary. The results show a 15-percent reduction of the induced drag with a 15-percent increase in span as compared with results for an elliptically loaded wing having the same total lift and bending moment.
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Other - NACA Technical Note
Jones, R. T. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1950
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Publication: Collected Works of Robert T. Jones
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