Airfoil experimental database

Version 1.1.0 (2.44 MB) by engdancili
Get airfoil characteristics from an experimental database.
Updated 29 Apr 2020

This app queries an aerodynamic database of NACA 4 digits, 5 digits, 6 series, and NASA supercritical airfoils. Data for the NACA sections has been derived from the book Theory of Wing Sections, by Abbott and Von Doenhoff. Data for NASA supercritical (cambered) airfoil is extracted from NASA TM 81912. The app reports airfoil characteristics, lift curve and drag polar with a few inputs. The user has only to select airfoil family and assign relative thickness and Reynolds number. The characteristics of the curves are reported in a table, which can be exported on a spreadsheet file. All data are at low Mach number, incompressible flow regime. Very useful in preliminary aircraft design, when the user needs a reliable source of data but has only few global parameters to play with.

Check the website for binaries: MATLAB app and Windows standalone executable.

The code should work with earlier versions of MATLAB, although I did not check it.

Cite As

engdancili (2024). Airfoil experimental database (, GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2018b
Compatible with R2018b and later releases
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

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Version Published Release Notes

Fixed Cd_min of supercritical airfoil. Updated description. New icons.


To view or report issues in this GitHub add-on, visit the GitHub Repository.
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