Lift coefficient (for an airfoil section)


The lift coefficient is a dimensionless coefficient that relates the lift generated by a lifting body to the density of the fluid around the body, its velocity and an associated reference area. The section lift coefficient is refers to the dynamic lift characteristics of a two-dimensional foil section, with the reference area replaced by the foil chord ( imaginary straight line joining the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil )

Related formulas


ClSection lift coefficient (dimensionless)
l Lift force per unit span of the wing (N/m)
ρAir density (kg/m3)
v True airspeed (speed of the aircraft relative to the airmass in which it is flying) (m/s)
cChord of the airfoil ( interpreted as the "area per unit span") (m2/m)