Measurement of the Effects of Viscosity on Aerofoil Lift Using the Electrolytic Tank

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A. Platt

Hayward-Tyler & Company, Ltd., Luton, England

J. F. Norbury

Department of Fluid Mechanics, University of Liverpool, England

J. Basic Eng 85(3), 392-399 (Sep 01, 1963) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3656619 History: Received June 13, 1962; Online November 03, 2011


A description is given of an electrolytic tank which was constructed for measuring the lift of aerofoils when boundary layer effects are considered. The associated electrical circuits for measurement of potential and potential gradient are given. Experiments were carried out on a single Piercy 12/40 aerofoil, and the measured lift agreed with wind tunnel observations within 1 percent. It is concluded that the electrolytic tank may be a useful tool in application to such problems.

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