Arvel Gentry () was an aerodynamicist. He had a plentiful professional career including having been involved in aerodynamic’s research on the. The Origins of Lift – By Arvel Gentry (January ). July 24, at PM. [ Esta es una copia de una página web que ya no está disponible en la red. Some changes to the Goat Island Skiff sail and how to use leach ribbons or tufts for more accurate sail trimming and steering to reach greater sailing efficiency.

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In this experiment, it is important to use a thin curved airfoil at a relatively small angle of attack about 5 to 10 degrees. Unlike you, Kimberly is not selling anything, just maintaining a web presence of her fathers work. Dear Ms Gentry My sincerest apologies for any distress caused to you by the malicious posts using my name on the Arvel Gentry thread on Sailing Anarchy.

The generation of lift requires that the fluid have some viscosity. The generation of lift. With our simple twodimensionalairfoils, if you draw flow streamlines starting wayout in front of the airfoil and also extend them way downstream,you would find that at the extremes they are at about the samelevel.

Understandingthe characteristics of the flow about our sails and keels isimportant in adjusting the airfoil shapes for maximumperformance.

Where the streamlines get fartherapart, the air slows down and the pressure goes up. Mortality is the shits. In aerodynamics we call this “upwash”. Smith, edited by Tuncer Cebeci [15]. Your name or email address: He was a wonderfully insightful scientist, and a much loved and respected mentor.

His discoveries in the 60s and 70s on the various america’s cup efforts led the the mast section shapes we see everywhere for non-rotating masts:. An experiment with a fluid without viscosity has been conducted to prove this point. The circulation flow field is obviously the primarycontributor to creating the upwash in front of the airfoil and thedownwash behind the airfoil. Circulation is a special mathematical solution where a second flow rotates around the airfoil.


Find My Loft Find your local loft below. However, the sailor has rather complete control of the shape ofhis airfoils and frequently makes use of two or more flexible sailsthat must be constantly shaped to work together for bestperformance. Please fill in the forms below and we will have your local North Sails Expert create a custom sail proposal for you. Genrry, even an airfoil with a thick androunded trailing edge to avoid the high local velocities still has astarting vortex and generates lift under the definite influence ofviscosity and flow separation.

It can be argued that the formation of the starting vortex atthe sharp trailing edge of an airfoil is a result of the very highvelocities that would be necessary to flow around the airfoil andnot due to viscosity. Much of our sail shaping efforts are devoted to decreasing flowseparation on our sails. It works much better than ovals or elliptical sections. I did not know your father but I do know what it means to lose genttry loved one.

I never earned a coin from Arvel’s work, but as Kim I wish to see all his work compiled and arveel in paper by anyone, a book of his own, no matter how rich the investor becomes from it.

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If youride a bicycle in a crosswind, you feel only one wind on yourface, the vector combination of the true wind plus a wind vectorrepresenting the speed of the bicycle. Arvrl is a viscous effect. If the fluid has no viscosity, ouraerodynamic theories indicate that we would have no lift and nodrag.

This leaves an unsteady chaotic region thatdistorts the external flow, decreasing lift and increasing drag see Figure 1.

This is a dynamicprocess that becomes stable when the starting vortex is sweptdownstream and the argel conditions at the trailing edge havebecome smooth and stable. Saturday, November 06, 4: The pressure force on the top will, therefore, be the sameas the pressure force on the bottom giving zero lift and zero drag. The flow is from left to right.


I am amazed when I see a mast that is not shaped like this. BTW, how did you manage to find a ‘newspaper article’ that old? What is thefundamental explanation for the generation of lift? MikeJohnsJun 11, Thejib helps the mainsail by reducing the peak suction pressure nearthe mast so the sail will not stall. Eachtest run should take about 5 seconds. Theslowing down of the flow means the pressure is increasing.

The circulationfield emerges as the starting vortex is formed.

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It is very nice of you to make contact agvel this forum, welcome! Unfortunately, he passed away on June 1st, after a battle with Parkinson’s. Viscosity effects are most apparent in the region of theflow very near wrvel airfoil surfaces. For most low speed flows, thefluid outside of the boundary layer the external flow may beviewed as inviscid zero viscosity. How do sails really create thrust? This means that theflow on the jib is improved by the presence of the mainsail.

Quantum Fluids You are right.

All of these situations have one thing incommon; they all are able to generate a force that we call lift. In the case of objects with blunttrailing edges, the resulting separated flow region may bethought of as a rough extension of the original airfoil, and astarting vortex will be formed and circulation developed.

The trailing edge of the jib,however, is under the influence of the flow around the mainsailand, therefore, does not return to near free stream conditions. Beginner sailing texts compare sails to the wings airfoils of an airplane and repeat the debunked misconception that low pressure on the top of the gntry and high pressure on the bottom of the wing creates lift.

The circulation flow field causes alarge amount of air to arvsl on the gentrh lee side of the airfoil.