center of pressure


center of pressure
An aerodynamically determined point at which wind force on the side of a vehicle is assumed to be concentrated for analytical purposes. It is a function of the shape and aerodynamic drag (resistance) of an automobile's body shell, determines the effect of side winds on a vehicle's direction of travel, and is a concept similar to the center of gravity.

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  • Center of pressure — Center Cen ter, n. [F. centre, fr. L. centrum, fr. round which a circle is described, fr. ? to prick, goad.] 1. A point equally distant from the extremities of a line, figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of a circle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Center of pressure — Pressure Pres sure (?; 138), n. [OF., fr. L. pressura, fr. premere. See 4th {Press}.] 1. The act of pressing, or the condition of being pressed; compression; a squeezing; a crushing; as, a pressure of the hand. [1913 Webster] 2. A contrasting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Center of pressure — The center of pressure is the point on a body where the sum total of the aerodynamic pressure field acts, causing a force and no moment about that point. Mathematically it can be said that the net pressure force on the body acts through this… …   Wikipedia

  • center of pressure — The point, usually on the chord line, through which the total reaction (sum total of all aerodynamics forces) may be considered to act. The center of pressure is not a fixed point but moves with changes to the angle of attack …   Aviation dictionary

  • center of pressure — slėgimo centras statusas T sritis automatika atitikmenys: angl. center of pressure vok. Angriffsmittelpunkt, m; Druckmittelpunkt, m; Druckpunkt, m rus. центр давления, m pranc. centre de poussée, m …   Automatikos terminų žodynas

  • center of pressure — slėgio centras statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. center of pressure vok. Druckmittelpunkt, m rus. центр давления, m pranc. centre de pression, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • center of pressure — 1. of an airfoil section : the point in the chord (prolonged if necessary) that is at the intersection of the chord and the line of action of the resultant air force 2. : the point of a surface exposed to external pressure (as of a fluid) at… …   Useful english dictionary

  • center of pressure — area where the pressure is greatest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • center-of-pressure travel — i. The linear distance the center of pressure travels along a chord over the entire range of angles of attack, ignoring the effects of compressibility and subsonic flow. The center of pressure moves forward as the angle of attack increases until… …   Aviation dictionary

  • center-of-pressure coefficient — The ratio of the distance of the center of pressure from the leading edge of an airfoil to its chord length …   Aviation dictionary


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