natural laminar flow


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natural laminar flow

[¦nach·rəl ′lam·ə·nər ′flō]
(aerospace engineering)
Airflow over a portion of the wing such that local pressure decreases in the direction of flow and flow in the boundary layer is laminar rather than turbulent; frictional drag on the aircraft is greatly reduced.
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Those include the engines mounted above the wings, a natural laminar flow wing and a composite fuselage.
The patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing and nose, and composite fuselage deliver a superior combination of speed, comfort and fuel efficiency over other jets in its class.
Objective: A Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) aerofoil is considered to be one of the key technologies to reduce drag and improve the performance of an aircraft; it is also identified as a potential key technology for the next generation of aircraft.
Also on display will be an additively manufactured titanium Krueger rib, created as part of a developmental wing leading edge demonstrator programme for a future, ultra-high performance, natural laminar flow (NLF) wing.
Aerion's research began more than 20 years ago, and has culminated in the design of a practical and efficient supersonic business jet as the result of its patented applications of supersonic natural laminar flow technology.
The OTWEM design, combined with a natural laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage help the HondaJet achieve the highest speed, largest cabin volume and superior fuel efficiency compared to other light jets in its class.
He also developed a new natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose for the light jet with application of a new concept composite construction to the fuselage structure.
The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities.
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