This is the sum of the form and skin friction drag calculated at zero incidence.
See also: Induced Drag.
This comprises two components: surface friction drag and normal pressure drag (form drag).
Profile Drag: The drag (that is to say total head resistance) of the wings of an aeroplane or glider excluding that caused by the vortices at the wing tips.
Profile drag is the drag incurred from frictional resistance of the blades passing through the air. It does not change significantly with angle of attack of the airfoil section, but increases moderately as airspeed increases.
Profile Drag Sum of the drag caused by surface friction and pressure
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An airfoil is the cross section of a wing. The airfoil shape and variations in angle of
attack are primarily responsible for the lift and profile drag of the wing.
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See also: Drag, Aircraft, Wing, Lift, Skin