Flaps Aircraft
Flaps Aircraft

Flaps Aircraft

Mechanization of the wing of each aircraft It consists of a set of movable elements that allow you to adjust and control the flight apparatus. The complete set of elements of the wing consists of flaps, spoilers, slat, spoilers and flaperons.

Flaps - a profiled deflecting surface, which are arranged symmetrically to the trailing edge of each wing. When retracted, they act as an extension of the wing. In the extended state, they extend from the main portion of the wing to form a gap.

They significantly improve the load-bearing characteristics of the wing in the separation from the runway and climb the ship and its landing. Provides an excellent recovery and maintenance of the machine at a sufficiently low speeds. In the history of aviation has been developed and implemented in reality a lot of models and modifications of this part.

Flaps are an integral part of the wing. With their release significantly increases the curvature of the wing profile. Accordingly, increasing the bearing capacity of the wings of the aircraft. This ability allows you to navigate aircraft at low speeds without stalling. Work flap can significantly reduce the rate of take-off and landing without danger to the aircraft.

Aircraft wing flaps

Due to the release flap Increases aerodynamic drag. This is very useful when landing because they make more drag, which reduces the speed of flight. If the resistance is off a little bit out of place and takes part of the engine thrust. Accordingly, the landing flaps discharged completely, and during takeoff a small angle to facilitate the operation of the power plant.

Because of the time of flight of an additional longitudinal rebalancing occurs. This, of course, complicates the work of the pilots for the management and retention of the normal position of the aircraft. In most modern aviation aircraft are equipped with a slot type flaps that can consist of several sections, respectively, they form a plurality of slots. The presence of gaps between the sections of the flap helps the overflow of air from the high pressure in the upper part of the wing in the area of ​​low pressure under the wing.

Why flaps

The flap structure provides a stream of air jet tangentially relative to the upper part of the surface. The cross section of the slit has a narrowing to the edges, this allows you to increase the speed of the flow. After passing through the slit flap, the jet with high energy indices interacts with the air layer under the wing, thus eliminating the occurrence of turbulence. The flap can be operated by a pilot command or in automatic mode. Cleaning and extension of elements occur due to electric, pneumatic or hydraulic actuators. The first aircraft in our country, on which the flaps were installed, was made back in the 20s of the last century, it was an apparatus of the P-5 type. More massively, these wing elements began to be used from the 30-ies, namely with the advent of machines with a monoplane hull.

The main types of flaps

  • Rotary or a simple flap. The most elementary of its design, it allows you to increase the strength of lifting apparatus by changing the curvature of the wing profile. This design increases the air pressure below the wing. Of course, this type is much less efficient than shields.

  • Shield type flap. They can be retractable or simple. As for the simple flaps, they are represented by a controlled surface, which is in the retracted position, and they fit snugly to the lower part of the wing. Deviating, they create a zone of rarefied pressure above the wing. Accordingly, the upper boundary layer flows down. Pressure indicators increase from below, which creates additional lift. All this contributes to the separation and climb at much lower speeds. Speaking of retractable flap flaps, it is worth noting that, in addition to deviation, they have the ability to move back. This in turn increases their effectiveness. This design allows you to increase the lifting force by 60%. They are used now in light aircraft.

  • Slot type flap. They got their name due to the formation of a gap when they deviate. Through it passes a stream of air, which is directed with great force into the low pressure zone, formed under the wing of the aircraft. At the same time, the flow direction is well thought out and does not allow flow failure. The slot formed by the flap has a narrowing to the edge, which allows the passing flow to obtain the maximum energy. On modern aircraft, slot flaps are installed, consisting of several sections, which can form from one to three slits. Using such flaps, the aircraft receives a lift to 90%.

  • Flap Flaurea has a slide design. The difference is not only the possibility of extension back and down. This greatly increases the overall curvature of the wing profile device. Ego extension is capable of creating up to three slots. Increased lift reaches 100%.

  • Flap Junkers. Made by type slotted flap, only the upper part of the function of the aileron. This allows you to better manage the roll of the aircraft. The internal structure of the two flaps do the work. This design was used in the assault aircraft types Ju 87.

  • Flap design Jungmann. This design was first installed on the deck of a type of British fighter Firefly. By increasing the area of ​​the wing and lift them they planned to use in all phases of flight.

  • Flap Goudzha. The main objective of the design was to reduce the speed during landing. In addition to the change of curvature, they also increase the area of ​​the wing. Such a scheme has reduced the lift-off speed during takeoff. The inventor of this scheme is an English designer of Goudzh A., who worked hard on the aerodynamics schemes. They were equipped with in 1936, the aircraft Short Stirling.

  • Flap sduvnogo type. This design was a system of quality control of the upper boundary layer. Blowing can significantly improve the performance of the device while landing. This design allows the quality to ensure the overall flow around the wings. It is known that boundary layer arises due to the formation of viscous friction of air flow on the surface of the aircraft, the flow rate near zero trim. It is due to the impact of this layer can prevent the stall.

  • Flap reactive type. It provides a powerful flow of air in the plane of the wing that emerges from the bottom surface. It modifies and improves the streamlining lift apparatus. By increasing the force required to lift a more powerful air flow. It should be noted that the effectiveness of such a construction is greatly reduced by reducing the total elongation of the wing. Near the ground, such flaps do not justify the calculations of designers. As such, they are not widely used in the aircraft industry.

  • Stationary Gurney flap presented perpendicular to the plane, which is set at the end of the wings.

  • The flap has a constant curvature of the Coanda surface. It is designed for so-called Coanda effect - the jet adheres to the surface of the wing, which acts blowing.

Designers all over the world and today are fruitfully working to improve the aerodynamic properties of aircraft.