20 Jul The Aerodynamics of Paper Airplanes
How airplanes fly is one of the most important questions within the field of air- and spacecraft development. By studying how paper airplanes behave, one can develop knowledge on flight principles. The purpose of this scientific report was to gain a better understanding of how the design of a paper airplane affected the longest possible flight distance. The studies show that the models with a higher wing loading and thicker wings contributed to balancing the forces affecting the paper airplane, leading to the airplane being able to travel in a more stable trajectory in the same direction. The higher wing loading also resulted in less drag and a more even lift force. Lastly, the coandă effect depends on the angle of attack and thus also on how far the paper airplane can travel.
William Daniel McGillivray
Viktor Karl Niklas Brink