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Author Topic: Whiskers distance  (Read 2232 times)
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« on: June 16, 2010, 12:31 PM »

I do not understand the meaning of closing the whiskers on each side, or separate them, ( I have 4 whiskers 2 on each side but masque has only 2 instead of four, I am only asking not for masque tipus)
What are the results?

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010, 12:47 PM »

On kites with two standoffs per side, pulling them together has the effect of shortening them. This has multiple effects and what exactly happens depends heavily on everything else involved in the design.

Possible results of bringing them closer can include:
-Making pitch slightly loopier
-Improving flat spins
-Introducing/growing a dead spot
-Making multilazies and backspins slower/flatter
-Decreasing turning precision and tracking
-Making landings more difficult
-Making the kite feel slightly behind your inputs

All of that is based upon experience with my own designs. What kite are you talking about?

Most modern kites have the standoffs fairly close together. Bringing the ends closer along the spreader will not make a huge difference. Unless you're a really good flier who has lots of time on the kite, you probably won't notice the change. Kites like the Exile or STX with a larger space between the standoffs will of course show this change much more.

On kites with single standoffs on each side, tilting them inwards has the same effect as moving both standoff connectors closer to the T on kites with 2 per side.
It gives some of the advantages/disadvantages of shorter standoffs placed farther towards the tips on the sail.
It also changes the tension on the sail. There will be more tension pulling away from the spine and less away from the tips. This can reduce leading edge curve as well as loosening the outer trailing edge. This can sometimes be advantageous for precision.

Again everything varies upon the kite.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010, 02:59 PM »

Thank you very much.

One of my kites with this capability is my MOA  and MOA UL  drôle, in fact they have the whiskers the farest way between them.


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