root gap and lifting line

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by charlythewind, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. charlythewind
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    charlythewind Junior Member

    Does anyone has got any idea of how to account for the root (and/or tip) gap when designing a foil using the lifting line?...

    thanks
     
  2. Karsten
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    Karsten Senior Member

    I assume you have a "vortex" on the lifting line at 1/4 of the chord and one control point at 3/4 of the chord.
    To accurately calculate the strength of the vortex if you have a 3D foil you have to use multiple horse shoe shaped lifting lines and multiple control points.
     
  3. charlythewind
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    charlythewind Junior Member

    Thanks for your answer karsten,
    However, i don't see in what you said how to introduce a gap in the lifting line...
    could you be a little more precise?...

    thanks
     
  4. Tim B
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    Tim B Senior Member

    Depending on the precision required, there are three ways...

    1) Look in Larsson's book and take an estimate

    2) Lots of nasty lifting line theory that won't fully answer the question. So go to a 3D panel method instead (which will answer it)

    3) Go to CFD and get the answer for the whole flow field.

    And finally, get round the problem by removing the gap (which is, of course, the best answer)

    Tim B.
     

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