Most recent edit:
Wednesday October 24, 2012
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Pendulum and Dihedral Stability "Myth"
Its common knowledge that the passive yaw
stability of a single-line kite is severely limited by its pendulum
stability force. Flat kites further rely on dihedral to counter roll. A
lateral bridle eliminates the need for dihedral and soft kites are often
so based. The sudden "obvious" insight is that "staking-out" a kite across
the wind completely eliminates the need for pendulum force or dihedral to
stabilize a kite. This use of the surface-plane as the constraining
stabilizing principle is great news for scaling up our kite farms with
great stability to fly in high wind and turbulence. The pitch axis is a
lesser remaining stability challenge; a luffing leading edge is the
condition to avoid. A pressurized leading edge, "ski-jump" center nose
reflex, and/or a trailing edge flap or tail effectively eliminate plunging
dive or somersault; added as needed for required engineering margins.
This general staking-out geometry is the "green-light" for megascaling
cross-linked kite formations without critical dependence on active
~Dave Santos 19Jan2012 AWES5424
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Terms and aspects:
Related links and concepts:
- [ ] Early drawing of tri-stake-out of large kite
- [ ] Video?
- [ ] Notice anhedral kites
- [ ] Notice the stake-out of the wide-base rotating ribbon kite.
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