# Joukowski Airfoil: Aerodynamic Properties

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The surface pressure distribution for potential flow over one of the Joukowski family of airfoils is presented in the format conventional for airfoil aerodynamics; the characteristic length is the chord of the airfoil and pressure is presented as a dimensionless pressure coefficient. The shape of the airfoil is included as an insert. Slider controls are provided for the shape of the airfoil and the angle of attack.

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Contributed by: Richard L. Fearn (February 2017)

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## Snapshots

## Details

Details of potential flow over a Joukowski airfoil and the background material needed to understand this problem are discussed in a collection of CDF files available at [1].

Snapshot 1: thick symmetric airfoil at moderate angle of attack

Snapshot 2: thin cambered airfoil at moderate angle of attack

Snapshot 3: thick cambered airfoil at high angle of attack; potential flow gives no information about when separation occurs

Reference

[1] R. L. Fearn. "Two-Dimensional Potential-Flow Aerodynamics." (Feb 2, 2017) plaza.ufl.edu/rlf/Richard L. Fearn.

## Permanent Citation

"Joukowski Airfoil: Aerodynamic Properties"

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/JoukowskiAirfoilAerodynamicProperties/

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Published: February 3 2017