coefficient of drag

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coefficient of drag (CD)

coefficient of drag (CD)
A coefficient dependent upon the angle of attack, shape of the airfoil, Reynolds number, and Mach number. Drag coefficient (CD) = Drag (D)/Dynamic Pressure (q) or {¼(Density (ρ) × Air Speed2 (V2)} x Wing Area (S). CD = D/qS, or 2D/ρV2S.
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