Davies, Glyn A. O. Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom.
Last reviewed:June 2020
- Gust loads and maneuvers
- Structural requirements
- Thin-walled structures
- Wing structure details
- Designing and testing
- Blended wing/body design
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The main wing of an aircraft has to provide the required lift for any stage of the flight mission. The function of the wing structure is to satisfy two requirements: the outer surface of the wing has to keep its correct aerodynamic shape, and the wing has to be both strong enough and stiff enough to survive all extreme loadings without damage. Before describing the features of the structure, it is helpful to define the maximum loadings caused by gusts and maneuvers.
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