noun (used with a singular verb)
- aerodynamic braking,
- aerodynamic trajectory,
- aerodynamic wave drag,
Origin of aerodynamics
Examples from the Web for aerodynamic
It is adopting technology—in rocket propulsion, composite construction, and aerodynamic refinements—already in use elsewhere.
Carlos hit the ball so hard that gravity never had a chance to damp down the aerodynamic motion.
They offer no suggestions of aerodynamic speed or a masterful sense of balance and coordination.
So in the California GOP you have an aerodynamic nightmare, a three-winged bird.
The range obtained became mostly a matter of aerodynamic design and weight carried.The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design|Leonard S. Hobbs.
A Closer Look
The two primary forces in aerodynamics are lift and drag. Lift refers to (usually upward) forces perpendicular to the direction of motion of an object traveling through the air. For example, airplane wings are designed so that their movement through the air creates an area of low pressure above the wing and an area of high pressure beneath it; the pressure difference produces the lift needed for flight. This effect is typical of airfoil design. Drag forces are parallel and opposite to the object's direction of motion and are caused largely by friction. Large wings can create a significant amount of lift, but they do so with the expense of generating a great deal of drag. Spoilers that are extended on airplane wings upon the vehicle's landing exploit this tradeoff by making the wings capable of high lift even at low speeds; low landing speeds then still provide enough lift for a gentle touchdown. Aeronautical engineers need to take into account such factors as the speed and altitude at which their designs will fly (lower air pressures at high altitudes reduce both lift and drag) in order to optimally balance lift and drag in varying conditions.
The branch of science devoted to the study of the flow of gases around solid objects. It is especially important in the design of cars and airplanes, which move through the air.