The morphing leading edge concept would replace traditional leading edge slats on fixed wing aircraft
The morphing leading edge can be lowered by up to 20 degrees with virtually no loss of lift
The morphing leading edge is made from glass-fiber reinforced material
The morphing leading edge being tested at a wind tunnel in Moscow
Passengers looking out the window of a passenger plane will likely have noticed slats on the leading edge of the wing, along with the flaps on the trailing edge of the wing, being extended during takeoff and landing. These leading edge slats provide the lift necessary at low speeds, with the gap between the wing and the slats directing air from the underside of the wing to the top. Unfortunately, this gap also generates a lot of noise. A team of researchers has now developed a morphing leading edge that eliminates the gap and reduces noise and drag during landing.
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