Influence of elliptical distribution of lift on strength of airplane wings

DORAND (Interallied Mission of Berlin)
April 1922

Hitherto it has been generally assumed, in calculating the fall of an airplane, that the forces withstood by the latter were distributed uniformly throughout the whole length of the wing. In reality this is not the case and German engineers in particular are now assuming an elliptical distribution of the forces. The latter hypothesis has made it possible to carry out a certain number of calculations which have been verified by experiment.

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