Talk:Asymmetry of lift
|WikiProject Physics / Fluid Dynamics||(Rated Start-class, Low-importance)|
|WikiProject Aviation / Rotorcraft||(Rated Start-class)|
This article is full of inaccuracies, for example the last paragraph:
"Helicopter manufacturers reduce this phenomenon by adding a principal called Wash-out. Wash-out is either achieved by tapering the blades toward the tips so that the tip surface area is reduced and hence produces less lift, or by twisting the blades (commonly called geometric twist) so that the blade root presents a higher angle-of-attack than the tip."
I've been editing Wikipedia for a few years, across a range of subjects. This article, sadly, is one of the worst I've ever encountered. It completely and utterly fails to communicate its topic to the general reader.
Now I would expect any article in any publication about, say, quantum mechanics to be hard reading, even if it were written by brilliant communicators such as Richard Feynman. Fair enough; such topics are intrinsically tough, largely because their subject-matter, by very nature, runs completely counter to any intuitive understanding.
But this topic, asymmetry of lift for a helicopter, really should be relatively easy to describe and communicate to a general reader. Alas, it completely flunks it on precisely these communication and description grounds. I'm going to have a go at tidying it up, so it communicates its subject matter.