Unformatted text preview: where he taught his graph of the complex plane = + w z 1z . This is what created what we call the Joukowski airfoil which shows the flow of air/fluid around an object whose shape is what we consider the wing of an airplane. It is determined by the use of conformal mapping, which is a mathematical method used to convert one graph to another while conserving all the lines and points. This converts a cylinder with its airflow into an airfoil by represents points in the cylinders graph as complex coordinates of x an y. With x and y known, he converts them to any point z in the complex plane w. http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Zhukovsky.html...
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- Spring '08
- Aerodynamics, Fixed-wing aircraft, Nikolai Egorovich Joukowski, Er ic Johnston, air f lows, plane w. ht