Investigation of Effects of Longtidunal Position of Center of Gravity of a Paper Aeroplane on Its' Horizontal Displacement.

Polat, Onur (2015) Investigation of Effects of Longtidunal Position of Center of Gravity of a Paper Aeroplane on Its' Horizontal Displacement. Other thesis, TED Ankara Koleji.

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This essay studies the change in behavior of a glider during flight with variying horizontal displacement of its center of gravity. Even if it looks most of the humans like a child's play, it involves all of the flight dynamics, which also apply for modern, high technology aeroplanes. Essay is centered around the question “How does the horizontal displacement of a glider varies with changing horizontal placement of center of gravity of the glider?” Troughout the essay, the question is evaluated from two aspects. Firstly, what is the cause of the change in behavior? Under that aspect, causes of the behavior is explored and proved with data collected and processed from the experiment. Secondly, what are the implications of this change? Under this aspect, effect of the causes on the glider was discussed in order to explain how they cause the change in behavior of the glider. At the beginning, a rigorous research on flight dynamics was made. Afterwards it have been decided to use a paper glider launched by a rubber band. A cotton string with a paperclip is used to pinpoint the location of center of gravity and sytraphor plates on a string were used as wind detectors. Fifty trials in total were performed and collected data is processed to obtain a result. A graph was drawn and function relating them was found. Later on, implications of this function and its' strengths and weaknesses were discussed. Based on that discussion on function dsplayed in the graph, standard deviation and error values, conclusiveness of the result was discussed. Moreover, discussions made under two aspects in which central question was evaluated, were put into coherence check with theoritical expectations. In the end, further questions and research areas emerging from the conclusion was discussed with proper explanations.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: IB Notu: C
Uncontrolled Keywords: gravity, horizontal displacement
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2015 11:11
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 11:11

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