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Atmosphere Gases and liquids flow freely. Both are fluids Just like liquids, gases have pressure as well and is measured in PSI Atmosphere Atmospheric pressure: Live in it, don’t feel it Divided into zones Exosphere – 600 miles & up. Temps to –4040 F on sun-side of object.

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  • Gases and liquids flow freely. Both are fluids
  • Just like liquids, gases have pressure as well and is measured in PSI
  • Atmospheric pressure: Live in it, don’t feel it
  • Divided into zones
  • Exosphere – 600 miles & up. Temps to –4040 F on sun-side of object.
  • Ionosphere – 50-600 miles. Ions and free electrons present. Aurora Borealis
  • Stratosphere – 10 to 50 or 60 miles. Ozone layer 12 to 30 miles up. At 63000 ft blood boils at 98.6 F due to lower surrounding pressure. 50 miles: fry on one side and freeze on the other without protective suit.
  • Troposphere – surface to 4 miles at poles, to 11 miles at equator.
  • Temp from 7 to 20 miles constant –70 F (or –55 C).
  • 50% of air by weight below 1800 ft (3.5 mi)
  • 78% Nitrogen
  • 21% Oxygen
  • 0.9% other gases (neon, argon, krypton, etc)
  • 0.1% water vapor and carbon dioxide
  • Of primary interest because most of weather occurs here.
  • Clouds, wind, vertical air currents, storms, fog, rain, snow, temp changes.
  • Most pilots fly in this region
atmospheric pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
  • Column of air 1 sq in at base from the surface to top of ionosphere weighs 14.7 lbs
  • As altitude increases, pressure increases
  • Increase of 1 PSI per 2343 ft or 1 in of mercury per 1000 ft
absolute pressure vs gage pressure
Absolute pressure vs Gage pressure
  • Gage pressure registers 0 PSI at surface.
  • Gage pressure is a relative scale.
  • PSIA = PSIG + 14.7
  • PSIG = PSIA –14.7
  • 29.92” Hg = 14.7 PSIA
  • Convert to Hg: PSIA x 2.03
  • Convert to PSIA: Hg/2.03
instruments that use pressure
Instruments that use pressure
  • Gage Pressure: Engine instruments: oil pressure, fuel pressure, hydraulic pressure, manifold pressure
  • Difference pressure: Airspeed indicator and some stall warning systems
  • Aneroid Barometer – Altimeter
    • Aneroid = “without liquid”
    • Sealed, corrugated box with most of air removed.
    • Variation in air densisty causes box to move through system of levers and pointers
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Instruments that use pressure
  • Aircraft use altimeters.
  • Only problem: Barometric pressure may be different at landing area. Pilot needs current barometric pressure to adjust
  • Cabin Pressure expressed in terms of equivalent altitude above sea level
    • Cabin pressure of 6000ft means pressure inside same as atmospheric pressure at altitude of 6000ft
    • 8000ft passengers +crew can ride in relative comfort without any special oxygen supply.
advantage to flying at high altitude
Advantage to flying at high altitude
  • At 8000ft, air pressure is 10.92 PSI
  • Suppose we fly at 40000 ft where pressure is 2.73 psi
  • Difference in pressure = 8.19 psi
  • Lear 24D, pressurized area is 45000 sq in
  • Bursting force = A x pressure=368550#
  • Safety factor 1.33 - 368550 x 1.33=490172# = 245 tons
  • Aircraft must be constructed with ultimate strength of 245 tons
standard atmosphere
Standard Atmosphere
  • If performance of aircraft is completed through a flight test or wind tunnel test, a standard reference condition must be set first.
  • Standard Atmosphere = 40 deg. Lat and sea level
  • P = 29.92” hg (76 cm Hg), T=59 F (15 C) and g=32.174 ft/sec/sec (gravity)
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Standard Atmosphere
  • Temp and Pressure decrease with altitude
  • Would appear density of atmosphere would remain same or fairly constant with increase of altitude – NOT TRUE
  • Pressure drops more rapidly than temp
  • Results in density decrease with increase altitude
  • Moisture in air also affects density
  • This moisture is called HUMIDITY.
  • Two forms
  • Absolute Humidity is the actual amount of water vapor in a mixture of air and water.
  • Relative Humidity is the ratio of the amount of water present in atmosphere to the amount that would be present if the air were saturated
  • Temp drop and absolute humidity remains constant, relative humidity increases. Less water vapor is required to saturate the air at lower temp..
  • Dew Point is the temp to which humid air is cooled to become saturated. If temp drops below dew point, condensation occurs.
  • Humid air is less dense than dry air. Take off performance is reduced since engine output is reduced.
  • Less air in fuel/air mixture results in an excessively rich mixture.
bernoulli s principle
Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Originally stated to explain the action of a liquid flowing through the varying cross-sectional areas of tubes.
  • Works with air since air is a liquid.
  • “When the speed of a fluid increases, pressure in the fluid decreases.”
  • Hold a sheet of paper in front of mouth and blow across the top surface, the paper rises.
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Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Used to make a wing provide lift.
  • Relative wind: direction of wind with respect to wing and is opposite to path of flight.
  • Angle of attack: angle between relative wind and chord
  • Critical angle of attack: air flow from the wing separates
air flow
Air Flow
  • Formula for lift and drag:
  • s= wing area of both wings- one surface only
  • C is the coefficient of lift. Depends on wing shape and angle of attack.
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Air Flow
  • Drag Equation:
  • Airfoils have a NACA xxxxx Number (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
  • Example: Aircraft with 600 sq ft of wing surface, flying at altitude of 10000 ft with an angle of attack of 6 degrees and airspeed of 286 mph.
  • What is the lift?
aircraft in a banked turn
Aircraft in a Banked Turn
  • What happens to lift in a turn?
  • To overcome the the loss of straight level lift in a turn, a pilot must increase airspeed or increase elevator back press. Otherwise, the aircraft will lose altitude.