Definition of Coanda effect is: the tendency of a jet of fluid emerging from an orifice to follow an adjacent flat or curved surface and to entrain fluid from the surroundings so that a region of lower pressure develops.
The Coanda Effect was discovered in1930 by the Romanian aerodynamicist Henri-Marie Coanda (1885-1972). He observed that a steam of air (or a other fluid) emerging from a nozzle tends to follow a nearby curved surface, if the curvature of the surface or angle the surface makes with the stream is not too sharp. For example, if a stream of water is flowing along a solid surface which is curved slightly from the stream, the water will tend to follow the surface.
The Coandă effect has important applications in various high-lift devices on aircraft, where air moving over the wing can be “bent down” towards the ground using flaps and a jet sheet blowing over the curved surface of the top of the wing. The bending of the flow results in aerodynamic lift.
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