Phenomena

Micro Air Vehicle Flow Viz

A smoke wire shows the deformation of streamlines around a swept-winged micro air vehicle (MAV). These crafts typically feature wingspans smaller than one foot and, thus, never develop the type of flow fields associated with larger fixed-wing airplanes. This complicates theoretical predictions of lift and drag for MAVs as well as making them difficult to control. MAVs have numerous commercial and military applications, including search and rescue operations. (Photo credit: Tom Omer)

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