How to determine the pull of a kite
Subject: How to determine the pull of a kite
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Beattie)
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1993 16:34:16 GMT
In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>Is there a (simple or simplified) formula that gives the relationship
>between kite area, angle and wind velocity (and maybe other factors that
Some missing factors that come to mind:
Aerofoil lift coeficient
Flying line elasticity
Movement of the anchor point
Apparent wind (and thus, line length at launch)
Very few people have a good understanding of the *problem*. A rudimentary
solution may be available for flying wings, but they still use wind-tunnels.
The problem for kites is *much* more complex.
On a more useful level, I seem to recall that Patrick Prosser uses
10 pounds per square foot as a rool of thumb.
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