Empirical corrections to the span load distribution at the tip

Pearson, H A
August 1937

An analysis of existing pressure-distribution data was made to determine the variation of the tip loading with wing plan form. A series of empirical tip corrections was derived that may be added to theoretical curves in certain cases to obtain a closer approach to the actual loading at the tip. The analysis indicated that the need for a tip correction decreases as either the aspect ratio or the wing taper is increased. In general, it may be said that, for wings of conventional aspect ratio, corrections to the theoretical span load curves are necessary only if the wing is tapered less than 2:1 and has a blunt tip. If the tip is well rounded in plan form, no correction appears necessary even for a wing with no taper.

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