àër·o·dy·nam'ics: the study of the forces acting on an object as it moves through air or some other fluid.
In common usage, the term aerodynamics refers to the study of the
forces which allow flight, but as
seen in the definition above, aerodynamics has much more
widespread applications than just flight.
Architects must be knowledgeable in aerodynamics to ensure that
buildings can withstand the force
of the wind. Car designers study aerodynamics to improve the
performance of their cars. Engineers
use aerodynamics to examine the forces that act on objects
submerged in fluids.
While aerodynamics is certainly applicable to many fields, at
AeroNet we focus exclusively on
flight. You'll learn about the physics involved, technical
control details, design theory, advanced fluid dynamics,
and a bit of history.
Our site is organized into eight sections covering many varied
- Forces - describes the forces which
act on aircraft, both
facilitating and hindering flight.
- Control - discusses the features of
airplanes which provide for
steering and guidance.
- Design - presents the aspects which go
into the creation of a
plane, from the wing type, to the internal structure.
- Propulsion - explains the methods
which planes utilize for
- Supersonic - presents the effects
which can occur as planes fly at speeds higher than Mach 1.
- Fluid Dynamics - talks about the
phenomena which occur when plane
wings move through the air.
- Pioneers - discusses the people who
played important roles in
the development of aerodynamics and aviation.
- Research - allows you to explore the
ideas you have learned,
using interactive tools.
- Search - lets you find information
within AeroNet by keyword.
Inside AeroNet, there are some certain features we hope you'll
explore, which are particularly
exciting. Among these are the tools in the research center.