10th May 2012, 05:43
If 2 aircraft have the same power to weight ratio am I correct in saying the wing loading would be a major factor in the continuous turn rate? Given this, what would be the major factor that determines the instantaneous turn rate?
Genghis the Engineer
10th May 2012, 10:58
Turn rate follows standard flight mechanics.
Or do you mean the manoeuvre boundaries?
12th May 2012, 19:44
Thank you Genghis. The words maneouvre boundary is enough. Because this would bring into play when the wing section decides to call it a day. However if one just looked at 'modern' fighter types, then wouldn't the stalling charactreistics of most of the wings be the same, i.e. stall at approx. the same A.o.A., (given that they are thin multi spar jobs)?
16th May 2012, 21:12
Stall characteristics and alpha depend on chord's length and wing's aspect, except for the usual design mitigations.
The longer the chord and lower the aspect, the higher the alpha as a general rule.
To supplement your opening post:
Inst. turn - wing loading (mainly)
Sust. turn - wing loading, wing's aspect ratio and net thrust
Hope this helps