It is instructive to compute the lift of a half cylinder (of unit radius) glued to a half plane:

By symmetry the pressure is the same as for a full cylinder, that is on the cylinder surface the pressure is given by

- for ,

and thus the lift force is given by

- = 1.67,

which gives a lift coefficient since the planform width of the cylinder is 2.

We compare with the maximal about 1.5 from measurements:

Not so bad!! You may think of the half cylinder as a sort of wing:

for which you have just computed the lift to be L = 1.67.

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