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Concorde Engine/wing Gap  
User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

I notice on pictures of Concorde that there is a gap along the front half of the engine where it meets the wing. I would have thought the surfaces would have to be smooth and joints sealed. I can't think of seeing similar spaces on other planes. Is there a purpose for this?

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User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

If you are referring to the black strip above the intakes I don't think that is a gap,

User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Close to the surface of an aircraft is a layer where the air has been slowed down by friction. This is called the boundary layer. It is turbulent and not at all what you want to feed your engines. When it does get sucked into the engine intakes, it is called boundary layer ingestion, and is something you try to avoid. To avoid it, you make sure to have the lip of the engine intake some distance away from the skin of the aircraft. There’s a wedge shape in there to steer the air out to the sides.

Take a look at military aircraft, e g the Saab 39 Gripen or the F-16, and you will see similar features on the intakes.


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User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

Thanks. Fred. In the photo you see the thin black gap along the side and makes me thing someone needed a spanner or something to tighten a few screws....

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