Wing Loads and Structural Layout

Welcome to part three in a five-part series on airframe structures and control surfaces. This tutorial focuses on the structural design of the wing and introduces the control surfaces attached to the wing’s trailing edge.
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Wing Area and Aspect Ratio

This is the third post in a series of fundamental aircraft design articles which aim to give you an introduction to aircraft design principles. In the previous post we examined the lift, drag, and pitching moment coefficient acting on an aerodynamic body caused by the resulting pressure and shear distribution. In this post we introduce wing design and show why it is a great place to start when designing a new airplane.

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Wing Plot Tool

The Wing Plot Tool allows you to sketch a wing planform by defining a valid combination of the critical wing geometric properties: Wing Area, Wing Span, Aspect Ratio, Taper Ratio, Root Chord, Tip Chord, and Sweep angle (quarter chord).

Use the sliders below to select or deselect geometric variables.
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