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The Enigma of the AerofoilRival Theories in Aerodynamics, 1909-1930$
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David Bloor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226060941

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226060934.001.0001

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The Air as an Ideal Fluid

The Air as an Ideal Fluid

Hydrodynamics and the Foundations of Aerodynamics

(p.40) 2 The Air as an Ideal Fluid
The Enigma of the Aerofoil

David Bloor

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses fluid dynamics and how it provided the intellectual resources that were common to both the British and German work on lift and drag, although the stance toward that common heritage was often very different in the two cases. This chapter is meant to be a description of this common heritage and these shared resources, providing the required background and orientation. Here, the author does his best to explain the basic concepts in simple terms, even though this hardly does justice to the ideas and techniques that are mentioned. A sketch of some of the initial, mathematical steps that went into their construction is provided in order to convey something of the style and feel of the work. At the end of the chapter, the main points are then summarized in nonmathematical terms.

Keywords:   fluid dynamics, British, German, lift, drag, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics

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