Mississippi State University
Davy M. Belk
Date of Degree
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering
The stability and maneuverability of aircraft are some key factors for selecting the locations of wings or canards on the fuselage. Another important variable that is considered in the design of an aircraft is drag force which impacts fuel efficiency. This research investigates how drag force of a surrogate aircraft is affected by the placement of the wing or canard along the fuselage. Unique for this study is the placement of the canard in the fuselage nose region, with the leading edge upstream of the nose, resembling the shape of a hammerhead shark's head. When the leading edge of all considered wing configurations was located 20% or more from the fuselage nose, the platforms produced the least amount of drag force. When the wing was placed in the nose region of the fuselage, the wings with small chords produced less drag when their leading edge was ahead of the nose.
Brown, Taylor, "CFD investigation of the drag effects on an aircraft by means of altering the wing or canard size and position" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 5279.