drag coefficient


Definition of drag coefficient

: a factor representing the drag acting on a body (such as an automobile or airfoil)

Examples of drag coefficient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The roof design, combined with the same rear spoiler used on the Stingray coupe’s Z51 performance package, means the drag coefficient of the convertible with the top up is identical to the coupe’s. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 mid-engine Corvette convertible to feature retractable hardtop," 11 Oct. 2019 The end result is a drag coefficient of .27 Cd, which compare to .025 for a Prius. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kia K900: A crazy-rich VIP for the middle class," 6 Oct. 2019 That’s a result of the 0.22 drag coefficient, the best ever from Porsche, and more slippery than a Tesla Model 3. Wired, "Porsche's Taycan Is the Best Electric Car $150,000 Can Buy," 28 Sep. 2019 Changes measured in millimeters sound indecipherable, the kind of tweaks only an engineer doing drag coefficient testing down to the twelfth decimal place wold notice. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 Try changing the drag coefficient and see how much that alters the final position of the ball. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball," 31 July 2019 Sports data scientist Meredith Wills noted in a story this week for The Athletic that 2019 baseballs have a significantly lower drag coefficient. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Higher, farther, faster: Missions riding wave of baseball’s home run surge," 28 June 2019 There is the density of air (ρ), with a value of around 1.2 kg/m3, and there is the drag coefficient (*C) for a sphere, with a value of about 0.47. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving," 21 June 2019 Overall, this gives the e-tron a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.27, or 0.28 in US-spec with conventional reflective side mirrors. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of drag coefficient

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Drag coefficient.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20coefficient. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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