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A slipstream is a region of reduced pressure produced behind an object as it moves through a fluid medium (usually air) or as that medium moves around an object. It is caused because the progress of the object forces the particles of the medium (air molecules, etc) apart and they are unable to reform immediately behind the object. Look up slipstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about pressure in the physical sciences. ...

A region of reduced pressure behind the object only occurs when one has turbulent flow. When the flow is laminar, the pressure behind the object is actually higher than in the bulk (but this is balanced by a high pressure region in front of the object). In laminar flow, however, there is a region behind the object where the fluid is moving forward compared to the bulk of the fluid, and this could be called a slipstream. Turbulent flow around an obstacle; the flow further away is laminar Laminar and turbulent water flow over the hull of a submarine Turbulence creating a vortex on an airplane wing In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a flow regime characterized by low-momentum diffusion, high momentum convection, and... Laminar flow (bottom) and turbulent flow (top) over a submarine hull. ...

The shape of an object determines how strong the effect is. A box-like front (relative to the object's motion) will force the medium's particles further apart than a bullet-like one.[vague] A bullet-like profile will also cause less turbulence and be more likely to permit laminar flow. A tapered rear will permit the particles of the medium to rejoin more easily and quickly than a truncated rear. So a bullet (which has a flat rear) will produce a stronger slipstream than a tear drop, while a cube will produce a stronger one than either. In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a flow regime characterized by chaotic, stochastic property changes. ... Laminar flow (bottom) and turbulent flow (top) over a submarine hull. ...

The term "slipstreaming" is most often used in relation to objects moving through air, though not necessarily flying. If a following object, moving at the same speed, can position itself within the slipstream, it will require less power to maintain its speed than if it were moving independently, because the first object reduces the amount of air resistance experienced by the following object. Alternatively, the following object will be able to move faster than it could in open air. Using this principle is called slipstreaming. Look up air in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Main article: Drafting (racing)

Slipstreaming is important in a number of contexts, including: This article is about the racing technique. ... This article is about the racing technique. ...

  • Cycling: in fast bicycle races, competitors attempt to 'draft' or use one another's slipstream, braking to overtake the leader only at the last possible moment. In recreational cycling, on the other hand, members of a group can take turns at the leading position, enabling one another to rest a little. In a group of cooperative cyclists with sufficient group-riding skill, stronger members can spend more time leading, to give weaker riders more rest, enabling riders of different strengths to ride together, at least on relatively flat routes. On hilly routes, the benefit of drafting is relatively less on climbs, when airspeeds are slower and the cyclist's primary effort is working against gravity. The flat or hilly nature of a route has consequences for both racing and recreational cycling, with the different types of routes favoring different types of cyclists. See: drafting. See also: peloton.
  • Bird flight, especially during migration: the extended formations or "skeins" in which many migratory birds (especially geese) fly enable the birds (except, of course, the bird at the front) to take advantage of one another's slipstream. Other birds (for example cormorants) that typically fly in close formation even on short journeys are probably also exploiting the slipstream effect.
  • Automobile transport: Following another motor vehicle and using care to stay in its slipstream allows for significantly improved fuel efficiency, mostly due to reduced atmospheric drag. Such practice is frequently referred to as drafting. This can be commonly seen in the instance of truck convoys traveling in a single-file queue several vehicles long on highways. One other example is auto racing drivers following each other closely in order to conserve fuel, the better to gain competitive advantage by reducing the frequency of fuel stops made during the course of the race or, more often, using the principle to drive at a faster speed before pulling out to attempt to overtake another driver on straights.

Cycling is the use of bicycles, or - less commonly - unicycles, tricycles, quadricycles and other similar wheeled human powered vehicles (HPVs) as a means of transport, a form of recreation or a sport. ... For the Queen song, see Bicycle Race. ... Recreational cycling is any cycling done for other than utilitary reasons. ... Gravity is a force of attraction that acts between bodies that have mass. ... This article is about the racing technique. ... The peloton (from French, literally meaning ball and related to the English word platoon), bunch or pack is the large main group in a road bicycle race. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Flight (disambiguation). ... Flock of Barnacle Geese during autumn migration Bird migration refers to the regular seasonal journeys undertaken by many species of birds. ... Geese redirects here. ... For other uses, see Cormorant (disambiguation). ... Car redirects here. ... An object moving through a gas or liquid experiences a force in direction opposite to its motion. ... This article is about the racing technique. ... For other uses, see Truck (disambiguation). ... Juuso Pykälistö driving a Peugeot 206 World Rally Car at the 2003 Swedish rally Racing cars redirects here. ...

Spiral slipstream

Spiral slipstream (also known as spiraling slipstream, propwash in the US, or just slipstream in the UK) is a spiral-shaped slipstream formed behind a rotating propeller on an aircraft. The most noticeable effect resulting from the formation of a spiral slipstream is the tendency to yaw nose-left at low speed and full throttle. This effect is caused by the slipstream acting upon the tail fin of the aircraft: the slipstream causes the air to rotate around the forward-aft axis of the aircraft, and this air flow exerts a force on the tail fin, pushing it to the right. To counteract this, some aircraft have the front of the fin (vertical stabilizer) slightly offset from the centreline so as to provide an opposing force that cancels out the one produced by the slipstream, albeit only at one particular (usually cruising) speed, an example being the Hawker Hurricane fighter from World War II. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Propeller (disambiguation). ... Flying machine redirects here. ... The yaw angle is the angle between a vehicles heading and a reference heading (normally true or magnetic North). ... In an engine, the throttle is the mechanism by which the engines power is increased or decreased. ... The vertical stabilizer or fin of an aircraft is found on its tail, generally pointing straight upward. ... AFT is a three-letter acronym that may refer to: American Farmland Trust Adiabatic flame temperature American Federation of Teachers Authenticated firewall traversal, in version 5 of SOCKS, an Internet protocol Americans For Fair Taxation Almost Free Text Ali Farka Toure (Freewood) Acres Fun Time Category: ... The Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

It can also roll the aircraft to the right. This is also caused by the air hitting the fin of the aircraft. This effect is minimal (negligible).


  1. Centennial of Flight Commission: diagram of the spiral slipstream
  2. Forces and Moments: Spiral Slipstream
  3. Propwash.com: Propeller Examples



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