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 26th Nov 2006, 15:15 #1 (permalink) Join Date: Jan 2006 Location: ESMX Age: 32 Posts: 362 Calculate stall speed increase with mass increase? Say that you've got a normal stall speed of 100 kt at 1000 kg, if you increase the mass to 2000 kg, what will the new stall speed be? Does anyone know how to calculate this?
 26th Nov 2006, 15:53 #2 (permalink) Join Date: Jun 2001 Location: UK Posts: 2,930 Long long time since I have thought of this but sees to recall it's a square root relationship - if you double the weight, the stall speed increase by a factor of the square root of 2 = (about) 1.4 so in this case the new stall speed is 140 kts. No doubt those more educated can explain this! A good book, although quite old, is "Mechanics of Flight" by A.C. Kermode which explains much of this stuff!
 26th Nov 2006, 16:01 #3 (permalink) Per Ardua ad Astraeus   Join Date: Mar 2000 Location: UK Posts: 16,895 At the stall:- Lift=weight (dare I use that expression?) Speed = Stall speed Lift (Weight) is proportional to Speed (Stall speed) squared Double the weight and fireflybob has it. Founder - look up the equation of lift? Lift =CL(Wing 'lift coefficient') x 1/2 x density x V squared x wing area Of course, afore I gets leapt on, all at 1g and low speed (and of course, we all know the answer is really 141.421356 knots ) .......and Genghis - that was TIC as gravity has been pretty constant in most low-speed stalls I have done
 26th Nov 2006, 16:04 #4 (permalink) Join Date: Feb 2000 Location: UK Posts: 10,333 At first approximation, ignoring CG effects, pitch authority limitations, ASI calibrations, and assuming that the stall is measured consistently from 1g flight, using the same stall definition and from a 1 knots/second deceleration: New stall speed = Old Stall speed * SQRT (new weight / old weight). G N.B. BOAC - weight is fine, so long as you assume that gravity is constant, which is a good enough assumption for most purposes.
 26th Nov 2006, 16:18 #5 (permalink) Join Date: Dec 2001 Location: England Posts: 1,267 I thought I was seeing double. We just did this thread recently.. http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=253067

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