noun (used with a singular verb)
- aerodynamic braking,
- aerodynamic trajectory,
- aerodynamic wave drag,
Origin of aerodynamics
Examples from the Web for aerodynamics
Spoiler: it has something to do with the aerodynamics of the ball.Can You Answer These 10 Oddball Job Interview Questions Asked at America’s Top Tech Companies?|Brian Ries|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Americans built a fighter, the P-51, with aerodynamics that seemed to defy the laws of physics.
After all, aerodynamics and electrodynamics are just theories, too.
We had classes everyday on engines, aerodynamics, and air craft identification.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson
He knew very little about the laws of aerodynamics, about stress and strain and factors of safety.The Romance of Aircraft|Lawrence Yard Smith
The development of a new forage harvester based on principles of aerodynamics uncovered by missile engineers is another example.The Practical Values of Space Exploration|Committee on Science and Astronautics
It was about this time that he began his experiments in "aerodynamics."The Age of Invention|Holland Thompson
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.