So we know that a box wing aircraft flies, and even a circle wing aircraft. But at school today we were wondering how a disc or "frisbee" -shaped wing would fly?
I was using the frisbee as an example of airfoil. It is stable because it spins, and by definition has to be symmetrical. Toss either one without spinning it and see how that goes. I'll wait.
Ok, back to the original question: what airfoil? @Vimana89 has an excellent series of desgns along this line and his nutball shows what the typical DTFB round wing might fly like. Could even use a series of steps like a symmetrical KFM wing. At 24" probably would even fly pretty decent
Hmm sounds like a @Vimana89 challenge. You up for it?
A slow stick with a round wing is a nice idea, I've thought of it before, but this sounds more like a tailless idea. The biggest you can get a perfect circle in one sheet of foam is about 19-20", which is FT's standard Nutball size. I happen to have a fan with a stand that big around that can be traced. At that size the wing is structurally strong with no air foil, just like the FT Nutball. The difference would be, a straight up disk like a frisbee has no dihedrals, so for this, the goal would be a flat Nutball with elevons, possibly 4ch with rudder also. I have some spare time between ordering my Charlie kit and new parts to do a random scratch build. This would be a quick possibility.No, no spin. Just a circle the biggest you can get out of a square of foam board, maybe even the thicker elmers/staples. Since I still consider you to be the king of low aspect, I kinda figured you had the answer on which series of options would increase the likelihood of success. I could hang one on my trusty slow stick but I don't do social media, it's hard to post demonstration stuff here.
It would work without the rudder, but the rudder adds more control and stability in high alpha, plus the possibility of flat spins and flat turns on a single engine build with a flat wing. 🤔It is an extra channel though.So it sounds definitely do-able. Probably just 1 sheet. Since flat wings just yaw, there is no need for anything like a controlled rudder, 3 ch bank and yank should be enough. I'm envisioning this the round equivalent to a large square sheet flying, but simpler, possibly with the heavy bits on the underside for added stability.
Do you have two a or f pack motors? That would actually be really fun!It would work without the rudder, but the rudder adds more control and stability in high alpha, plus the possibility of flat spins and flat turns on a single engine build with a flat wing. 🤔It is an extra channel though.
Oh yeah. To be honest I haven't flown a stock, basic Nutball for a long time, and when I tried it early on I wasn't a good pilot or builder, and didn't have much success with it, but still liked it. I have had a lot of success with a tailed version of the Nutball I made, plus the Floating Kidney, which is basically an oblong Nutball. If I flew a stock RET Nutball now I'm sure it would be awesome, it's a great plane. I have no experience with non-dihedral elevon models of round wing planes though.Hmmm, I’m tempted... So you like the nutball?
Not 100% sure how it would behave, I haven't built or flown a twin engine anything or a flat Nutball. Only planes with a rudder I've flown have dihedral and won't yaw very flat since roll and yaw are so coupled. Ideally a flat wing would yaw flat with the rudder, and with hard throws might do a flat spin. I could definitely see it doing flat spins as a twin engine.Not having experience never stopped me. Caveat: stubborn helps loads.
Never thought about flat turns, but that's why I consider you the expert here. It will actually turn or does it just yaw into a circle?