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PARAGLIDER DESIGN HANDBOOK

INDEX
 
Preface and motivation
 
Chapter 1. Paraglider planform

1.1 Introduction
1.2. Geometric Definition
    1.2.1 Analytical methods
    1.2.2 Discrete method
1.3 Center of gravity

Chapter 2. Airfoils

2.1 Cylinder in an airflow
2.2 Joukowsky transformation
2.3 Airfoil geometry and parameters
2.4 NACA profiles
2.5 Real paraglider airfoils
2.6 XFOIL program
2.7 XFR5 program

Chapter 3. Main Lobe (frontal section)

3.1 Main lobe "voute"
3.1 Influence of the shape of the lobe
3.3 Geometric torsion (washin)
3.4 Profil insertion

Chapter 4. Longitudinal equilibrium

4.1 Introduction and definitions
4.2 Equations of static equilibrium
    4.2.1 Sum of moments from a  point is equal to zero
    4.2.2 Sum of vertical forces is zero
    4.2.3 Sum of horizontal forces is zero
4.3. Solving the system
4.4. Spreadsheet
4.5. Simplified equilibrium aproximation
4.6. Empirical methods


Longitudinal equilibrium in 2D, Considerations 3D, Aerodynamic twist in the wing (washout), Trimming, Calage

Chapter 5. Development of flat panels

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Description of the LE method
5.3 Analytical geometry principle
5.4 The FORTRAN subroutine

Chapter 6. Ovalization

6.1. Introduction
6.2 Analysis of the ovalization in transverse direction to the cells
6.3 Analysis of the ovalization along the axis of the cells
6.4. Corrections to the panels

Chapter 7. Diagonal rib technology

          7.1 Introduction
          7.2 Index of figures

Chapter 8. Lines

Geometrical design
Elasticity
Loads

Chapter 9. Risers

Trimmers
Speed systems

Chapter 10. Materials

Nylon ripstop
Polyester ripstop
Mylar
Dacron
Aramide
Dyneema
Maillon
Tapes
Thread

Chapter 11. LEparagliding paragliding design software

Chapter 12. The gnuLAB2

Apendix 1: Glossary english-french-spanish-catalan
Apendix 2: Links and references

Revised april 17th 2010

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