Saturday, December 31, 2016

Aerodynamics of a Cessna 182

The following tutorial is a step-by-step guide on how to analyze a Cessna 182 using Stallion 3D.  The procedure can be applied to any light aircraft design.  The analysis starts with a CAD model that is imported into the software.  Stallion 3D is unique because the grid generation step is automatic.  The software then solves the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations to generate the lift, drag and moment coefficients.  The procedure can be used to generate a Cl vs. Angle of Attack, Cl vs Cd and power vs. speed charts for your aircraft.

Stallion 3D analyzes the aircraft at any angle of attack and computes lift, pressure drag, friction drag and moments (pitch, roll and yaw about a datum point).

To read the tutorial, please visit:

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

About Patrick Hanley, Ph.D.
Dr. Patrick Hanley is the owner of Hanley Innovations. He received his Ph.D. degree in fluid dynamics for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course XVI). Dr. Hanley is the author of Stallion 3D, MultiSurface Aerodynamics, MultiElement Airfoils, VisualFoil and the booklet Aerodynamics in Plain English.

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