Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2573
Author(s):
McCabe, Gordon
preprint description
The purpose of this paper is to discuss and clarify the explanations commonly cited for the aerodynamic lift generated by a wing, and to then analyse, as a case study of engineering discovery, the aerodynamic revolutions which have taken place within Formula 1 in the past 40 years. The paper begins with an introduction that provides a succinct summary of the mathematics of fluid mechanics.