Aerodynamics meaning

Aerodynamics definition

The study of the flow of air as it passes over and around a moving object as well as the forces which the air makes on the object. An airplane, for instance, needs positive lift to get it airborne and negative lift to help it land. Thus the shape of a land vehicle (car, bicycle , etc.) either promotes positive or negative lift. Race cars may use spoilers and wings ( air foils ) to control lift. In car design, the airflow is monitored in a wind tunnel. As well, aerodynamics also studies the most efficient shapes for increased speed and fuel economy .

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