# What reduces drag on an airplane?

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Modern airliners use winglets to reduce the induced drag of the wing. Two additional sources of drag are wave drag and ram drag. As an aircraft approaches the speed of sound, shock waves are generated along the surface.

## How can we reduce the drag?

Ways to reduce it include using the handlebar drops or aerobars. Getting down low into a crouched position with elbows in reduces drag because there is a more streamlined shape and there is less frontal area.

## What is the best type of shape an aircraft needs to be to reduce drag?

A quick comparison shows that a flat plate gives the highest drag and a streamlined symmetric airfoil gives the lowest drag, by a factor of almost 30! Shape has a very large effect on the amount of drag produced.

## What causes drag on an airplane?

Drag is caused by friction and differences in air pressure. An example is putting your hand out of a moving car window and feeling it pull back. Weight is the force caused by gravity. Lift is the force that holds an airplane in the air.

## What increases drag?

Drag increases with the density of the fluid (ρ). More density means more mass, which means more inertia, which means more resistance to getting out of the way. The two quantities are directly proportional. Drag increases with area (A).

## How can we reduce drag Class 8?

The fluid friction or drag can be reduced are minimised by giving special shape called streamlined shape to the objects which Move through fluids like air or water .

## What shape has the least amount of drag?

A quick comparison shows that a flat plate gives the highest drag, and a streamlined symmetric airfoil gives the lowest drag–by a factor of almost 30!

## Which is the most streamlined shape?

The optimum shape depends on the velocity of the object. For speeds lower than the speed of sound, the most aerodynamically efficient shape is the teardrop.

## What is the least aerodynamic shape?

For most practical, subsonic applications, the teardrop shape has the least “theoretical” aerodynamic drag.

## What are the 6 fundamentals of flight?

Principles of Flying. (1) Lift, (2) Gravity force or Weight, (3) Thrust, and (4) Drag. Lift and Drag are considered aerodynamics forces because they exist due to the movement of the Airplane through the Air.

## When a plane is flying at a constant speed which two forces must be balanced?

All Four Forces Act on an Airplane

When an airplane is flying straight and level at a constant speed, the lift it produces balances its weight, and the thrust it produces balances its drag.

## How does drag affect lift?

Drag becomes greater than thrust and the plane slows down. This reduces lift and the plane descends. Airplane wings are designed to take advantage of lift. They are shaped so that air has to travel farther over the top of the wing than underneath it.

## Is drag force affected by mass?

The drag on a solid, rigid object isn’t affected by the object’s mass. However, drag is just the portion of the force on the object that’s due to the fluid. The net force on the object will of course be affected by the object’s mass, assuming that gravity is one of the forces on the object.

## Does drag depend on mass?

Drag depends directly on the mass of the flow going past the aircraft. The drag also depends in a complex way on two other properties of the air: its viscosity and its compressibility.