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Old May 25, 2010, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by kcaldwel View Post
The max lift RM seems to be looking for could well occur way past stall. He doesn't seem to care if the drag is horrendous. I can't imagine what use that would be, but the KF foils seem to be able to produce pretty high Cls well past stall at an AoA of 45 degrees or so. XFOIL will not give any meaningful results past stall of course.

Your airfoil optimization looks pretty cool!

Thanks, Kevin.

Yes, XFoil doesn't really do anything past stall. The optimizer is good for finding useful airfoils in "normal" model regimes. Finding the max Cl, neglecting everything else, does not result in a useful airfoil, and the optimization struggles (mostly because of XFoil convergence issues). However, I'm hoping that the airfoil developed for my AP plane does as well as predicted.

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