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Aerodynamic force deduction on yacht sails using pressure and shape measurements in real time

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Original languageEnglish
JournalTransactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part B: International Journal of Small Craft Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


Abstract of the commented article:
This paper describes a method of deducing aerodynamic force components produced by individual sails. This is achieved by measuring the pressure distribution at a number of discrete locations over the sail and extrapolating these measurements into a distribution across the entire sail surface. The sail shape is measured using the camera-based VSPARS system and the force distribution over the sail surface is then determined. Wind tunnel tests have been conducted to validate the accuracy of the model. Full scale testing has been undertaken to investigate how aerodynamic effects of trimming sails affect yacht performance

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