Subsonic flow over a thin airfoil in ground effect

  • Mohamed Serry American University of Sharjah
  • Amjad Tuffaha American University of Sharjah


In this paper, the problem of compressible flow over a thin airfoil located near the ground is studied. A singular integral equation, also known as Possio equation, that relates the pressure jump along the airfoil to its downwash is derived. The derivation of the equation utilizes Laplace transform, Fourier transform, method of images, and theory of Mikhlin multipliers. The existence and uniqueness of solution to the Possio equation is verified for the steady state case and an approximate solution is obtained. The aerodynamic loads are then calculated based on the approximate solution. Moreover, the divergence speed of a continuum wing structure located near the ground is obtained based on the derived expressions for the aerodynamic loads.