OPTIMIZATION of wing design aims at finding the best compromise between conflicting aerodynamic requirements and considerations of structure weight and stiffness. Since the profile drag of a laminarizcd aircraft is very small, the induced drag has to be correspondingly reduced for proper matching. Reduction of induced drag can only be obtained, for a given dynamic pressure at the cruise, by increasing the span, and that reflects on structure weight.
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 1962
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