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Aerodynamics boat sails

Understand and master the aerodynamics of boat's sails:

Les formes de voiles ont evolué suivant les techniques et la connaissance des phénomenes aérodynamiques. Cette évolution des formes de voiles à la recherche des meilleurs coefficients de portances et finesses nous à donné la forme de voile actuelle des voiliers. La finesse représente la capacité à remonter au vent donc la liberté d'évolution du voilier. A l'époque de la navigation à la voile, cette liberté d'évolution par rapport à la direction du vent etait essentielle au dévellopement du transport maritime car elle apportaiForms of sails have evolved following the techniques and knowledge of aerodynamic phenomena. The changing forms of sails in search of the best lift and lift/drag ratio , given the current form of sailing yachts. The lift/drag ratio is the ability to go upwind and gives freedom of movement to the boat. At the time of sailing, this freedom to change from the wind direction was essential to the development of maritime transport, because it provides::

Far from being completed, the evolution of boat sails is close to the evolution of wings. The sail is a deformable wing. The study of the aerodynamics of sails will be close to the aerodynamic wings. A study of profiles and wings is the first step to understand the aerodynamic phenomena acting on the sails ....

evolution of the shape and lift of boat sails

Here a polar highlighting the performance of various forms of sailing. The quality of a sail in terms of performance, is determined by its lift / drag ratio. Polar highlight this ratio as a function of wind angles. We note that the extension of triangular sails significantly increases the close hauled performance.


At equal surfaces and equal apparent wind , sailing performance depends on many factors:
  1. The angle of incidence of the incoming wind in the sail determines the forces of drag and lift, and the ratio of lift to drag. We always search the angle of incidence with the highest ratio.
  2. The profile shape: the lift / drag ratio varies according to the profile curvature and the Reynolds number. Should be introduced here, the Reynolds number, because it gives the type of flow for all sizes of profiles and fluid velocities: Re=((average velocity )x( length))/(kinematic viscosity of the fluid)
  3. aspect ratio of the sail: the lift of a wing is produced by the depression on its upper surface and the pressure on its lower surface. The wing tip area vacuum draws the pressure zone producing a vortex proportional to the difference in pressure. This phenomenon reduces the lift at the tip of the wing. To reduce this loss of performance, we must avoid concentrating the lift at the tip of the wing, spreading over a large wing length. (for more information: aspect ratio)
other factors such as the twisting, the roughness, the interaction between the webs ... are crucial. But let's focus on the modeling of sails taking into account these three factors that are angle of incidence, profile shape , and aspect ratio:

modeling of a sail with Heliciel