Buyung Junaidin

Submitted : 2017-08-31, Published : .


Potential flow over an airfoil plays an important historical role in the theory of flight. The governing equation for potential flow is Laplace’s equation, a widely studied linear partial differential equation. One of Green’s identities can be used to write a solution to Laplace’s equation as a boundary integral. Numerical models based on this approach are known as panel methods in the aerodynamics community. This paper introduces the availability of a computational tool for constructing numerical modelfor potential flow over an airfoil based on panel methods. Use of the software is illustrated by implementing a specific model using Hess and Smith panel method to compute the flow over a member of the NACA four-digit airfoils.


Hess and Smith, Laplace equation, panel method, potential flow, NACA fourdigit.

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