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Re: Science feather strength debate
On Tue, Nov 16th, 2010 at 2:45 AM, Mike Habib <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It is also worth noting that the inboard wing is more involved in weight
> support of the animal,
> while the outboard wing is more involved in the production of the thrust
> component of lift (note
> that in flying animals thrust is just a forward component of the lift, which
> is itself just the
> component of fluid force perpendicular to flow).
> Without a complete wing inboard, there is a significant loss of weight
> support, as a result.
> There is also a substantial increase in induced drag, as the inboard wing
> then represents a
> second, broad, "wingtip" around which a downwash can form. This further
> changes the flow on
> wing because it tends to shut down spanwise flow, which then weakens certain
> forms of vortex
> stabilization on the wing.
If the tail was also generating lift, could it have partially compensated for a
lack of tertials?
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