Wednesday, April 2, 2008 1:41:31 PM
I wonder if either of you followed the link? while it does not fully explain the mechanics of ground effect, it shows it on a larger, faster scale. but the same principle, whether attracting or repulsing from the surface. ah, sweet, i really should have gone to wiki as well, but i happened to have been looking at that page a while back.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 1:04:54 PM
I'm not saying you are wrong, not at all! I just didn`t know that ground effect was used in anything other than F1... as in the opposite! I knew about downforce. of course downforce was taken from looking at airplanes, and reversing their effect and sticking the car to the ground instead of letting it fly. an opposite wing.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:34:21 AM
"Ground effect however means that a body is kept up by a "cushion" of air."
can this go either way, as in instead of a cushion holding something up, cut it keep a car down on the ground? This is how it worked in F1. I'm not sure if ground effect was the real name of this in F1 or just an easy nickname.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:29:13 AM
Ground effect doesn't apply to hydrofoils, well it does but not significantly. A hydrofoil stays up by the wing-like foils mounted on struts below the hull and functions almost like the wing of an airplane.. only in water. Ground effect however means that a body is kept up by a "cushion" of air. I happen to have studied ground effect when I went through flight school, so I`m pretty sure I`m right.