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Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) Wing and Nose

Developed through extensive analyses and wind-tunnel testing, HondaJet’s innovative NLF airfoil design helps achieve reduced wing drag. The larger the laminar flow in the boundary layer of the wing surface, the lower the drag becomes. To achieve a large laminar flow, the HondaJet wing employs integral, machined panels that minimize the number of parts. The wing’s leading-edge structure and the main torque-box structure are then mated at about 13.5% chord to reduce the disturbance to the laminar flow.


Visualization of flow around the nose section during a wind tunnel test
IR analysis of air flow   Computer Simulation   Structural configuration of the aluminum main wing   Computer Simulation

NLF design principles were also applied to HondaJet’s fuselage nose to reduce drag. By employing this NLF nose, the fuselage drag is estimated to be reduced about 10% compared to that of a turbulent-flow nose fuselage.

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