Effect of nose shape on the characteristics of symmetrical airfoils

Pinkerton, Robert M
naca-tn-386
August 1931


Tests of nine symmetrical airfoils, having different leading-edge radii, were made in the variable density wind tunnel. Three symmetrical NACA airfoils having maximum thickness-to-chord ratio of 0.06, 0.012, and 0.018 were used as basic (or normal) sections; and for each of these thicknesses one thinner and one blunter nose section were developed. Although the slope of the lift curve varies with thickness, these tests show that for any given thickness the slope is independent of nose radius.

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