May 17, 2004, 12:03 PM
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# Flying wing design formulas

I'd like to use math to determine necessary sweep for the flying wing given a centralized component weight and position, cg before adding components and the aerodynamic center.

I have Profili and Java foil and believe programs exist that tell the aerodynamic center.

Some sites with wing formulas:
http://www.mh-aerotools.de/airfoils/flywing1.htm
http://members.lycos.co.uk/A75Church/tips3.htm
http://members.cox.net/twitt.02/HoeyCalcs.html

Thanks
May 17, 2004, 02:41 PM
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 Originally Posted by sloper steve I'd like to use math to determine necessary sweep for the flying wing given a centralized component weight and position, cg before adding components and the aerodynamic center. Thanks
Hi Steve,

I'm not sure I quite understand what you are trying to do....you'd like to do the calculation of the sweep last?
I usually start by estimating the weight of the wing, the intended speed range (which will dictate the airfoil used), span, aspect ratio, the stability factor (.05 in most cases) and a pretty close estimate of the sweep (I usually avoid anything above 20 degrees)...from all of that I calculate the twist needed.

Are you more worried about not being able to get the wing balanced at the CG without using lead?

Regards,

Bernie
 May 17, 2004, 04:59 PM Registered User Steve go here; http://www.b2streamlines.com/Panknin.html There will be a small program named Twist for either a Mac or IBM that will give you the info you need....I think. I have used it on a 120" thermal flying wing and it worked fine. Mike
 May 19, 2004, 11:34 AM Registered User You could also check at the bottom of this thread for my Horten bell distribution formula : https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=231874
 May 22, 2004, 03:15 PM Registered User Thread OP Thanks all. Bernie, Yes I'm trying to design so no lead is needed for balance. A step by step method to solve this questions like this sure would help. To make things easier consider a flying wing with slight dihedral and no elevons that is made to be a glider you toss on your driveway. How much sweep (tip back from nose in inches) must a 40" span, 10" root, 6" tip, 1 degree tip twist flying wing have using NACA ___ airfoil at the root and tips with __ thickness at root and ___ thickness at tip? For level flight at around 10mph. Given 1oz of weight added 1" behind nose what should the sweep be adjusted to? Given 1oz of weight added 1" in front of the trailing edge what should the sweep be adjusted to? Example: Step 1: Get your wings CG and NP using this program Step 2: ?
 May 24, 2004, 12:54 AM Registered User When the excel spread sheets ask for sweep...what exactly do they want. What about a delta wing?
 May 24, 2004, 01:37 AM Registered User With the Twist program, sweep is calculated at the 1/4 chord line from root to tip(in degrees). Have never tried Twist with a delta wing. Last edited by MikeC; May 24, 2004 at 09:34 AM.
 May 27, 2004, 02:45 AM Robots... robots everywhere some good calculators at coloradogliders.com
 May 27, 2004, 02:47 AM Robots... robots everywhere
 May 27, 2004, 10:08 AM Registered User Thats was exactly what I was looking for...thanks!
Jun 19, 2004, 11:42 PM
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# Sweep flying wing designer applet

This is an applet I'm working on to design flying wings check it out.
Any help with the math is appreciated.
There is lots of room for criticism but please don't it may destroy my motivation

Sweep flying wing designer applet

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Jun 19, 2004, 11:47 PM
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# Balance calculator

Design a wing around your components and have it fly with no addional ballast at neutral trim on the first toss!

using work=force*distance for components, lift, elevon force from cg balance can be calculated for various speeds an applet will let you input the component weights and slide their positions to see if they can work with your planes CG, Neutral point and moments.

I will start programming the applet in a few days/years