Two early aerodynamicists, Kutta in Germany and Joukowski in Russia, worked to quantify the lift achieved by an airflow over a spinning cylinder. The lift. Kutta condition 2. Joukowski transformation 3. Kutta-Joukowski theorem The Kutta condition gives us a rationale for adjusting the circulation around an airfoil. Kutta-Joukowski theorem. For a thin aerofoil, both uT and uB will be close to U (the free stream velocity), so that. uT + uB ≃ 2U ⇒ F ≃ ρU ∫ (uT − uB)dx.

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Kutta–Joukowski theorem

The Kutta—Joukowski theorem is a fundamental theorem in aerodynamics used for the calculation of lift of an airfoil and any two-dimensional bodies including circular cylinders translating in a uniform fluid at a constant speed large enough so that the flow seen in the body-fixed frame is steady and unseparated.

The comdition relates the lift generated by an airfoil to the speed of the airfoil through the fluid, the density of the fluid and the circulation around the airfoil. The circulation is defined as the line integral around a closed loop enclosing the airfoil of the component of the velocity of the fluid tangent to the loop. Kutta—Joukowski theorem is an inviscid theorybut it is a good approximation for real viscous flow in typical aerodynamic applications. Kutta—Joukowski theorem relates lift to circulation much like the Magnus effect relates side force called Magnus force to rotation.

The fluid flow in the presence of the airfoil can be considered to be the superposition of a translational flow and a rotating flow. This rotating flow is induced by the effects of camber, angle of attack and a sharp trailing edge of the airfoil. It should not be conndition with a vortex like a tornado encircling the airfoil. At a large distance from the airfoil, the rotating flow may be regarded as induced by a line vortex with the rotating line perpendicular to the kutta-oukowski plane.

In the derivation of the Kutta—Joukowski theorem the airfoil is usually mapped onto a circular cylinder.

In many text books, the theorem is proved for a circular cylinder and the Kutta-joukows,i airfoilbut it holds true for general airfoils. The theorem applies to two-dimensional flow around a fixed airfoil or any shape of infinite span.

As explained below, this path must be in a region of potential flow and not in the boundary layer of the cylinder. Equation 1 is a form of the Kutta—Joukowski theorem. Kuethe and Schetzer state the Kutta—Joukowski theorem as follows: A lift-producing airfoil either has camber or operates at a positive angle of attack, the angle between the chord line and the fluid flow far upstream of the airfoil.

Moreover, the airfoil must have a “sharp” trailing edge. Any real fluid is viscous, which implies that the fluid velocity vanishes on the airfoil. In applying the Kutta-Joukowski theorem, the loop must be chosen outside this boundary layer. For example, the circulation calculated using the loop corresponding to the surface of the airfoil would be zero for a viscous fluid.

The sharp trailing edge requirement corresponds physically to a flow in which the fluid moving along the lower and upper surfaces of the airfoil meet smoothly, with no fluid moving condiiton the trailing edge of the airfoil.

Kutta condition

This is known as the “Kutta condition. Kutta and Joukowski showed that for computing the pressure and lift of a thin airfoil for flow at large Reynolds number and small angle of kutta-joukowdki, the flow can be assumed inviscid in the entire region outside the airfoil provided the Kutta condition is imposed.


This is known as the potential flow theory and works remarkably well in practice. Two derivations are presented below. The first is a kutta-koukowski argument, based on physical insight. The second is a formal and technical one, requiring basic vector kutta-joukowdki and complex analysis. The circulation is then. A differential version of this theorem applies on each element of the plate and is the basis of thin-airfoil theory.

Condjtion the components of the above force are:. Now comes a crucial step: So every vector can be represented as a complex numberwith its first component equal to the real part and its second component equal to the imaginary part of the complex number. Then, the force can be represented as:. Now the Bernoulli equation is used, in order to remove the pressure from the integral.

Throughout the analysis it is assumed that there is no outer force field present. Only one step is left to do: To arrive at the Joukowski formula, this integral has to be evaluated. From complex analysis it is known that a holomorphic function can be presented as a Laurent series.

The function does not contain higher order terms, since the velocity stays finite at infinity. Using the residue theorem on the above series:. Hence the above integral is zero. Plugging this back into the Blasius—Chaplygin formula, and performing the integration using the residue theorem:.

The lift predicted by the Kutta-Joukowski theorem within the framework of inviscid potential flow theory is quite accurate, even for real viscous flow, provided the flow is steady and unseparated. In deriving the Kutta—Joukowski theorem, the assumption of irrotational flow was used. When there fondition free vortices outside of the body, as may be the case for a large number of unsteady flows, the flow is rotational.

When the flow is rotational, more complicated theories should be used to derive the lift forces. Below are several important examples. For an impulsively started flow such as obtained by suddenly accelerating an airfoil or setting an angle of attack, there is a vortex sheet continuously shed at the trailing edge and the lift force is unsteady or time-dependent.

For small angle of attack starting flow, kytta-joukowski vortex sheet follows a planar path, and the curve of the lift coefficient as function of time is given by the Wagner function. When the angle of attack is high enough, kutta-uoukowski trailing edge vortex sheet is initially in a spiral shape and the lift is singular infinitely large at the initial time. For this type of flow a vortex force line VFL map [10] can be used to understand the effect of the different vortices in a variety of situations including more situations than starting flow and may be used to improve vortex control to enhance or reduce the lift.

The vortex force line map is a two dimensional map on which vortex kutta-houkowski lines are kkutta-joukowski. For a vortex at any point in the flow, its lift contribution is kurta-joukowski to its speed, its circulation and the cosine kitta-joukowski the angle between the streamline and the vortex force line.

Hence the coneition force line map clearly shows whether a given vortex is lift producing or lift detrimental. When a mass source is fixed outside the body, a force correction due to this source can be expressed as the product of the strength of outside conditiion and the induced velocity at this source by all the causes except this source.

This is known as the Lagally theorem. When, however, there is vortex outside the body, there is a vortex induced drag, in a form similar to the induced lift. For free vortices and other bodies outside one body without bound vorticity and without vortex production, a generalized Lagally theorem holds, [12] with which the forces are expressed as the products of strength of inner singularities image vortices, sources and doublets inside each body and the induced velocity at kutta-jouoowski singularities by all causes except those khtta-joukowski this body.


The contribution due to each inner kutra-joukowski sums up to give the total force. The motion of outside singularities also contributes to forces, and the force component due to this contribution is proportional to the speed of the singularity.

When in addition to multiple free vortices and multiple bodies, there are bound vortices and vortex production on the body surface, the generalized Lagally theorem still holds, but a force due to vortex production exists.

This vortex production force is proportional to the vortex production rate and the distance between the vortex pair in production. With this approach, an explicit and algebraic force formula, taking into account of all causes inner singularities, outside vortices and bodies, motion of all singularities and bodies, and vortex production holds individually for each body [13] with the role of other bodies represented by additional singularities.

Hence a force decomposition according to bodies is possible. For general three-dimensional, viscous and unsteady flow, force formulas are expressed in integral forms.

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The volume integration of certain flow quantities, such as vorticity moments, is related to forces. Various forms of integral approach are now available for unbounded domain [8] [14] [15] and for artificially truncated domain.

A wing has a finite span, and the circulation at any section of the wing varies with the spanwise direction. This variation is compensated by the release of streamwise vortices called trailing vorticesdue to conservation of vorticity or Kelvin Theorem of Circulation Conservation. kutta-oukowski

These streamwise vortices merge to two counter-rotating strong spirals, called wing tip vortices, separated by distance close to the wingspan and may be visible if the sky is cloudy. Treating the trailing vortices as a series of semi-infinite straight line vortices leads to the well-known lifting line theory. By this theory, the wing has a lift force smaller than that predicted by a purely two-dimensional theory using the Kutta—Joukowski theorem. Most importantly, there is an induced drag.

This induced drag is a pressure drag which has nothing kutta-joukoeski do with frictional drag. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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This page was last edited on 6 Novemberkutta-joukowki By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. First of all, the force exerted on each unit length of a cylinder of arbitrary cross section is calculated. So then the total force is: Then the components of the above force are: Then, the force can be represented as: Using the residue theorem on the above series: