Patent Number: 6,308,913

Title: Method for reducing wave resistance in airplane

Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to reduce the wave resistance by disposing a fluid element such as an engine nacelle in a predetermined position on the upper surface of the main wing, and positively superposing the air flow generated by the fluid element onto the air flow on the upper surface of the main wing, thereby reducing the peak of the negative pressure on the upper surface of the main wing to retard the generation of a shock wave. If the engine nacelle is disposed on the upper surface of the main wing, and the longitudinal position of the front end of the engine nacelle is established in a range of 63% to 100% from the front end of a wing chord of the main wing (see b and i in FIG. 9), a shock wave is generated on the upper surface of the main wing in a range of transonic speed to inhibit an increase in wave resistance, whereby the cruising speed can be increased, while avoiding an increase in amount of fuel consumed. If the front end of the engine nacelle is in front of a position corresponding to 63% of the wing chord (see e and f in FIG. 9), a shock wave inhibiting effect is not exhibited, and the wave resistance is increased.

Inventors: Fujino; Michimasa (Wako, JP), Kawamura; Yuichi (Wako, JP)

Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B64D 29/00 (20060101); B64D 29/02 (20060101); B64D 27/18 (20060101); B64D 27/02 (20060101); B64D 27/00 (20060101); B64C 001/38 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018