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YANG June 12, 2002 22:08

aerodynamic derivative
Hi everyone: Is anyone here know some knowledge about calculation of aerodynamic derivatives, such CL_alpha_dot ant CM_alpha_dot, via unsteady CFD? I am appreciate you give me some reference papers.


Axel Rohde June 12, 2002 22:29

Re: aerodynamic derivative
I am not aware of any published 3-D Navier Stokes simulations around entire aircraft that determine stability derivatives. Such has been done though through so-called panel methods based on potential flow theory. You can read more on that at the following site,

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