Engineering

Truss supports airplane wing

Engineers from NASA and Boeing working on an aircraft wing that is longer, thinner and lighter in weight is and yet strong, so that the wings don’t succumb. To support a truss between the hull of the plane and the bottom of the wing.A fly holiday delivers a hefty contribution to your annual CO2 emissions. Would a new wing design that can halve carbon footprint in the future.

Now it’s still so that the larger aircraft, the greater the wings. The wing area is necessary to generate sufficient aerodynamic lift the unit off the ground. Larger wings, however, also mean more weight and more air resistance. NASA and Boeing trying to break this trend with a thinner airplane wing.

As a thin and lightweight wing longer, however, there comes a point at which the wing is going to sag under its own weight or air flow during takeoff.

That is why NASA and Boeing support a truss between the hull of the plane and the bottom of the wing. That increase the wingspan with 50% compared to current aircraft models, while the wing thinner and lighter.

X-planes

NASA is currently computer calculations of the air flow on the wings and test scale models with the new wing design in the wind tunnel. On this basis, NASA and go Boeing the concept design.

The aim is to test the new wings as part of the experimental demonstration aircraft X-Planes, which NASA wants to build from 2020. Hopefully commercial aircraft with an extra large span will also visit the airports.