FURI | Fall 2018

Tear-drop Pimples Added to NACA 0012 Airfoil for Drag Reduction

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The objective of this project is to determine if altering a standard wing with tear-drop shaped pimples can reduce the effects of drag without utilizing expensive technology. To test this, an airfoil based on a standard National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics 0012 model airfoil was designed with the tear-drop pimples and tested using a wind-tunnel, and the data was compared to testing data compiled from an unaltered airfoil of the same type. If proven successful, the reduction of drag can improve the environmental concerns of aircraft fuel consumption.

Student researcher

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Brad Laughlin

Aerospace engineering

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Graduation date: Spring 2019