Re: Physics of Kites
- As an aerospace engineer, let me say something in basic terms. The
kite is not pulled on one side, but on the back corner of one side.
This effectively increases the angle of attack for that side, which
causes a greater pressure difference on that side of the kite
creating more (or less, in light winds due to stall) lift. The more
lift will pull that side away from you sending it "back" which brings
the other side more forward which turns the kite. If your kite is at
zenith, and you pull on the right rear line, the right side of the
kite will increase in lift and be sent slightly away from you and the
left side will come forward to equalize, and the kite will simply
move to the right in the direction its facing...(I think)
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "TheYellowJersey" <jeromedayton@y...> wrote:
> Does anyone know a good site that explains the physics of kites?
> particularly curious as to why pulling on one side of the kite
> it to turn. While I have seen sites that discuss the wind window
> the efficiency vs size of the kites, I haven't seen anything that
> specifically discusses why kites turn.