But now the question arises what is the reason for this pressure difference? We already know from our previous article on Coanda effect that how airflow remains attached to the airfoil surface. The generation of lift by the wings has a bit complex foothold. Check out this article here. One more popular explanation of lift takes circulations into consideration.
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But now the question arises what is the reason for this pressure difference? We already know from our previous article on Coanda effect that how airflow remains attached to the airfoil surface.
The generation of lift by the wings has a bit complex foothold. Check out this article here. One more popular explanation of lift takes circulations into consideration.
The developments in KJ theorem has allowed us to calculate lift for any type of two-dimensional shapes and helped in improving our understanding of the wing aerodynamics. In the following text, we shall further explore the theorem. What is Circulation?
The frictional force which negatively affects the efficiency of most of the mechanical devices turns out to be very important for the production of the lift if this theory is considered. In further reading, we will see how the lift cannot be produced without friction. To understand lift production, let us visualize an airfoil cut section of a wing flying through the air.
With this picture let us now zoom closely into what is happening on the surface of the wing. The air close to the surface of the airfoil has zero relative velocity due to surface friction due to Van der Waals forces. Due to the viscous effect, this zero-velocity fluid layer slows down the layer of the air just above it. Similarly, the air layer with reduced velocity tries to slow down the air layer above it and so on. This happens till air velocity reaches almost the same as free stream velocity.
It is easy to visualize lift produced due to circulation around the rotating cylinder. Assume clockwise rotating cylinder. Clockwise circulation sets around the cylinder due to its rotation. The upper part of the cylinder which moves toward right boosts the free stream velocity just above it in the same direction.
On the other hand, the lower part of the cylinder which moves toward the left slows down the free velocity. This velocity difference causes static pressure difference above and below the cylinder which results in a lift in a rotating cylinder. Lift over a rotating cylinder In a case of an airfoil, at the very initial stage of the flow two stagnation points set in Stagnation point is the highest static pressure location on the airfoil where flow separates or rejoins.
One near the leading edge of the airfoil and other near the trailing edge on the upper surface of the airfoil As shown in figure a. As the angle of attack of an airfoil is increased stagnation point moves toward the lower surface of the airfoil.
It was observed that stagnation point near the trailing edge which is on the upper surface of the airfoil initially, always moves exactly at the trailing edge Shown in figure b. This condition is known as the Kutta condition. Which hints the presence of circulation around an airfoil which displaces the stagnation point.
This vortex formed is called as starting vortex. In the figure below, the diagram in the left describes airflow around the wing and the middle diagram describes the circulation due to the vortex as we earlier described. The addition Vector of the two flows gives the resultant diagram. The length of the arrows corresponds to the magnitude of the velocity of the airflow.
The flow on the upper surface adds up whereas the flow on the lower surface subtracts, leading to higher pressure on the lower surface as compared to the upper surface. Mathematical Formulation of Kutta-Joukowski Theorem: The theorem relates the lift produced by a two-dimensional object to the velocity of the flow field, the density of flow field, and circulation on the contours of the wing. The rightmost term in the equation represents circulation mathematically and is evaluated using vector integrals.
These days, with superfast computers, the computational value is no longer significant, but the theorem is still very instructive and marks the foundation for students of aerodynamics. Thanks for reading!
Satz von Kutta-Joukowski
A differential version of this theorem applies on each element of the plate and is the basis of thin-airfoil theory. Formal derivation Lift forces for more complex situations The lift predicted by the Kutta-Joukowski theorem within the framework of inviscid potential flow theory is quite accurate, even for real viscous flow, provided the flow is steady and unseparated. When there are free vortices outside of the body, as may be the case for a large number of unsteady flows, the flow is rotational. When the flow is rotational, more complicated theories should be used to derive the lift forces. Below are several important examples.
Kutta-Joukowski Lift Theorem
Lift generation by Kutta Joukowski Theorem
Circulation (fluid dynamics)