Sail aerodynamics: on-water pressure measurements on a downwind sail

Ignazio Maria Viola, Richard G. J. Flay

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Abstract / Description of output

Pressures on three horizontal sections of a downwind sail were measured for several wind directions and sail trims. The pressure distributions were compared with wind tunnel tests; similarities and differences were found, the latter as a result of the dynamic effects, which were not modeled in the wind tunnel. A pressure distribution a: the head of the spinnaker resembling that from a delta wing was measured at an apparent wind angle of 120 degrees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Subtitle of host publicationTransactions
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)9780939773909
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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