# What causes lift and drag?

## What causes lift and drag?

Lift and drag are considered aerodynamic forces because they exist due to the movement of an object (such as a plane) through the air. The weight pulls down on the plane opposing the lift created by air flowing over the wing. Thrust is generated by the propeller (engine) and opposes drag caused by air resistance.

## Why does induced drag increase with lift?

Induced drag increases as the angle of attack of a wing increases. Induced drag therefore increases as airspeed decreases, as the angle of attack must increase to maintain the lift required for level flight. Parasite drag has little effect at low speeds, however it increases as airspeed increases.

What type of drag comes from lift?

In aerodynamics, lift-induced drag, induced drag, vortex drag, or sometimes drag due to lift, is an aerodynamic drag force that occurs whenever a moving object redirects the airflow coming at it.

### Why do vortices cause drag?

The higher-pressure air below a wing spills up over the wing tip into the area of lower-pressure air above. Vortices reduce the air pressure along the entire rear edge of the wing, which increases the pressure drag on the airplane.

### What happens to drag if lift is increased?

The effect is called induced drag or drag due to lift. The flow around the wing tips of a finite wing create an “induced” angle of attack on the wing near the tips. As the angle increases, the lift coefficient increases and this changes the amount of the induced drag.

How do you reduce induced drag?

Considering the induced drag equation, there are several ways to reduce the induced drag. Wings with high aspect ratio have lower induced drag than wings with low aspect ratio for the same wing area. So wings with a long span and a short chord have lower induced drag than wings with a short span and a long chord.

## Does lift increase with drag?

There is another factor which affects the amount of drag produced by a finite wing. The effect is called induced drag or drag due to lift. As the angle increases, the lift coefficient increases and this changes the amount of the induced drag.

## What are the 4 types of drag?

Types of drag

• Parasite drag.
• Form drag or pressure drag.
• Skin friction drag.
• Profile drag.
• Interference drag.
• Lift induced drag.
• Wave drag.

What are the 2 main categories of drag?

Drag is the force that resists movement of an aircraft through the air. There are two basic types: parasite drag and induced drag. The first is called parasite because it in no way functions to aid flight, while the second, induced drag, is a result of an airfoil developing lift.

### Does drag affect lift?

Drag acts in a direction that is opposite to the motion of the aircraft. Lift acts perpendicular to the motion. There are many factors that affect the magnitude of the drag. Many of the factors also affect lift but there are some factors that are unique to aircraft drag.

### Does lift produce drag?

Induced Drag is an inevitable consequence of lift and is produced by the passage of an aerofoil (e.g. wing or tailplane) through the air. Air flowing over the top of a wing tends to flow inwards because the decreased pressure over the top surface is less than the pressure outside the wing tip.

Why induced drag decreases with speed?

m is larger so v must be smaller if mv/t = total lift. The kinetic energy lost to the wake is 1/2mv^2. So at higher speeds where m is larger and v is smaller the kinetic energy lost in the wake is lower. Therefore induced drag decreases as speed increases.

## Which is a side effect of induced drag?

Induced drag is side-effect of generating lift over finite wing span. Lift is an upward force that the air exerts on the wing. By principle of action and reaction (Newton’s third law of motion), the wing exerts downward force of equal magnitude on the air, and since the air is free to move, that force accelerates the air downwards.

## How is induced drag produced in an aeroplane?

Induced Drag is an inevitable consequence of liftand is produced by the passage of an aerofoil(e.g. wing or tailplane) through the air. Air flowing over the top of a wing tends to flow inwards because the decreased pressure over the top surface is less than the pressure outside the wing tip.

What happens to the lift of an aircraft when it is induced?

The net result is that the lift force is no longer straight up. It gets tipped back slightly, and that means some of the lift now becomes drag (part of the lift is now pulling back in the aircraft). That is induced drag, or drag due to lift and it always happens for three-dimensional wings.

### How is lift induced drag related to aspect ratio?

Induced drag can therefore be said to be inversely proportional to aspect ratio. The lift distribution may also be modified by the use of washout, a spanwise twist of the wing to reduce the incidence towards the wingtips, and by changing the airfoil section near the wingtips.