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Aircraft laminar flow control
Joslin, Ronald D. Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, Virginia.
- Boundary-layer theory
- Natural laminar flow
- Active control system
- Benefits versus penalties
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
For flying, an upward lift force must be generated to overcome the weight of the aircraft, and the engines must generate a forward thrust force to overcome the drag force produced by the air flowing over the aircraft. These lift and drag forces are closely coupled, and an improvement in one can lead to benefits in the other. A principal contributor to the drag force is boundary-layer skin-friction drag, which results from friction forces generated as air passes over the aircraft surfaces.
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