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Old January 11th 04, 02:39 PM
James Dandy
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Pardon my ignorance on all matters concerning modern aviation but just
why the hell would you want to sweep a wing forward?

Doesn't that make any aircraft unstable? If so, why would any pilot
feel safe in it?

Has anyone ever made one work?

James Dandy
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Old January 11th 04, 02:56 PM
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"James Dandy" wrote in message
m...
Doesn't that make any aircraft unstable? If so, why would any pilot
feel safe in it?


I imagine it would move the centre of lift forward of the centre of gravity,
which might help to increase lift at slow speed or high angle of attack. (I
think..)

Si


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Old January 11th 04, 03:47 PM
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This is taken from Aerospace web
http://www.aerospaceweb.org/aircraft/fighter/s37/

"The advantages of forward sweep have long been known as such wings offer
lower wave drag, reduced bending moments, and delayed stall when compared to
more traditional wing shapes. Unfortunately, forward sweep also induces
twisting strong enough to rip the wings off an aircraft built of
conventional materials. To solve this problem, the Su-47 makes use of
composite materials carefully tailored to resist twisting while still
allowing the wing to bend for improved aerodynamic behavior. "

"However, Sukhoi has apparently decided to abandon the forward-swept wings
of the S-37, and the future production model will return to a more
conventional wing layout. If true, Sukhoi may have reached the same
conclusion as NASA did following testing of the X-29--the benefits of
forward-swept wings are just not worth the extra cost and complexity
associated with their design and manufacture."

Curt

"James Dandy" wrote in message
m...
Pardon my ignorance on all matters concerning modern aviation but just
why the hell would you want to sweep a wing forward?

Doesn't that make any aircraft unstable? If so, why would any pilot
feel safe in it?

Has anyone ever made one work?

James Dandy



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Old January 11th 04, 06:57 PM
Tarver Engineering
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"C Knowles" wrote in message
m...
This is taken from Aerospace web
http://www.aerospaceweb.org/aircraft/fighter/s37/

"The advantages of forward sweep have long been known as such wings offer
lower wave drag, reduced bending moments, and delayed stall when compared

to
more traditional wing shapes. Unfortunately, forward sweep also induces
twisting strong enough to rip the wings off an aircraft built of
conventional materials. To solve this problem, the Su-47 makes use of
composite materials carefully tailored to resist twisting while still
allowing the wing to bend for improved aerodynamic behavior. "

"However, Sukhoi has apparently decided to abandon the forward-swept wings
of the S-37, and the future production model will return to a more
conventional wing layout. If true, Sukhoi may have reached the same
conclusion as NASA did following testing of the X-29--the benefits of
forward-swept wings are just not worth the extra cost and complexity
associated with their design and manufacture."


Actually, once the notch filter was adjusted such that the wing did not
delaminate, there was no benifit to forward swept wings. The program
falsified X-29 flight test data and USAF was quite punative in blackballing
the whole group. Perhaps Mary would like to speak to that issue, as she was
very close.

"James Dandy" wrote in message
m...
Pardon my ignorance on all matters concerning modern aviation but just
why the hell would you want to sweep a wing forward?

Doesn't that make any aircraft unstable? If so, why would any pilot
feel safe in it?

Has anyone ever made one work?

James Dandy





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Old January 12th 04, 08:52 AM
machf
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On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 09:57:12 -0800, "Tarver Engineering"
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Actually, once the notch filter was adjusted such that the wing did not
delaminate, there was no benifit to forward swept wings.


Uh... excuse me, but what's a "notch filter" in this context?

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Old January 12th 04, 05:04 PM
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"machf" wrote in message
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On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 09:57:12 -0800, "Tarver Engineering"
wrote:

Actually, once the notch filter was adjusted such that the wing did not
delaminate, there was no benifit to forward swept wings.


Uh... excuse me, but what's a "notch filter" in this context?


In the feedback control system of the X-29 was a z-transform type filter at
3.2 Hz. This was a simple third order filter in the original airframe.
Once the filter was altered to eliminate the flutter problem on the second
airframe, there was no manuverability advantage. The first airframe having
a delaminated wing by that time.


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Old January 13th 04, 03:29 PM
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 08:04:07 -0800, "Tarver Engineering"
wrote:


"machf" wrote in message
news
On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 09:57:12 -0800, "Tarver Engineering"
wrote:

Actually, once the notch filter was adjusted such that the wing did not
delaminate, there was no benifit to forward swept wings.


Uh... excuse me, but what's a "notch filter" in this context?


In the feedback control system of the X-29 was a z-transform type filter at
3.2 Hz. This was a simple third order filter in the original airframe.
Once the filter was altered to eliminate the flutter problem on the second
airframe, there was no manuverability advantage. The first airframe having
a delaminated wing by that time.

Oh, I see... I forgot that the X-29 had to rely heavily on electronics, and
thought maybe it was some mechanical equivalent or something. Thanks for
clearing that up.
Ah, z-transforms... It's been quite a while, but I used to be pretty good at
that stuff.

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Old January 11th 04, 06:16 PM
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The Hansa jet had forward sweep- the one pilot that had flown said type
stated no unkind words on the plane. Pat


 




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