Advanced Aerodynamic Configurations

Matthew Marino, Alessandro Gardi, Roberto Sabatini, Yixiang Lim

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Even though aerodynamic advancements in conventional aircraft can only offer small efficiency improvements, new aircraft configurations have shown potential for significant emission reductions by exploiting designs that substantially increase lift/drag ratios and allow for lighter aircraft structures. In this chapter, some of the fundamental technical aspects pertaining to aerodynamics are introduced to support a meaningful discussion and an assessment of the progress achieved to date. The design of wing tips aims to reduce the effect of the wing tip vortexes, hence minimise induced drag. The blended wing-body aircraft is significantly different from common transport aircraft types. The box-wing configuration consists of two horizontal wings joined at the tips by vertical wings. Morphing wing technology is a concept that allows the wings to actively or passively change shape during flight. Fundamentally, boundary layer control involves the active control of the boundary layer to improve the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationSustainable Aviation Technology and Operations
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Innovation Perspectives
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781118932599
ISBN (Print)9781118932582
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • aerodynamics
  • blended wing-body aircraft
  • boundary layer control
  • box-wing configuration
  • morphing wing technology
  • wing tips


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