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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Introduction to Wing Structural Design

Welcome to part 6 of a series on an Introduction to Aircraft Design. In part 5 we looked at the role that the airfoil profile plays in determining the flying characteristics associated with its selection. In our final introductory post on the wing we look at a typical wing structure, the various loads that the wing is expected to carry during operation, and introduce the methodology behind designing a semi-monocoque wing structure.

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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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