Now a boomerang is a bit like a gyroscope: it is spinning around and This precession is a good thing for the boomerang: if you throw it in the. Construction of traditional Australian boomerang (for right hand). Instructions how to make traditional boomerang. 1. Take plywood sheet of 12mm thickness. Boomerang is a rotor the blades spinning linear speed of wich is low, if compared it to the translation speed of the whole boomerang. It means that the slow spin.

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You can achieve this by making the boomerang larger – the tip moves faster, and as an added bonus you increase the moment of inertia. Click on one of the diagrams for further details about the boomerang. Finally – throw it hard. In other words, the stronger the wind, the softer the boomerang is thrown.


The cross-section at each end is shaped as an airfoil with its leading edge pointed so that it is facing forward when that end is at the top. With the exception of long-distance boomerangs, they should not be thrown sidearm or like a Frisbeebut rather thrown with the long axis of the wings rotating in an almost-vertical plane.

The only sure way to know is to flight-test them. If there isn’t any, introduce some by heating the boomerang either over a heat source or a brief spell in the microwave oven about 30 seconds on high — if the boomerang is just about uncomfortably aerodyhamics to handle, you’ve got it just about right.

Boomerang as Vector Rotation Example

This section needs additional citations for verification. This is why aeodynamics want fast rotation of the boomerang relative to the forward motion – it slows down the precession and therefore the rate at which the boomerang “turns around and comes back”.

Email Required, but never shown. The weapon, thrown at 20 or 30 yards [18 or 27 m] distance, twirled round in the air with astonishing velocity, and alighting on the right arm of one of his opponents, actually rebounded to a distance not less than 70 or 80 yards [64 or 73 m], leaving a horrible contusion behind, and exciting universal admiration. For this reason, they have a very narrow throwing window, which discourages many beginners from continuing with this discipline.


It is further supposed by some that this was used to frighten flocks or groups of birds into nets that were usually strung up between trees or thrown by hidden hunters. Look up boomerang in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Aerodynamics of Boomerang. Chapter 3

The quality of the boomerang is also checked throughout this process. After researching some of the concepts he was aerofynamics about I still don’t really understand how it will make the flight path longer. Bend up the tips of the wings and place the boomerang on a flat surface with a coin under each tip and a weight bag of sugar?

Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Two apparently identical boomerangs may radically differ in their flight patterns. You can see a nice demonstration of this in this youtube video. Traditionally, most boomerangs used by aboriginal groups in Australia were ‘non-returning’. The throw of the boomerang gives it an angular velocity perpendicular to its path.

Aerodynamics of Boomerang. Chapter 5

This gives it a torquewhich always acts to precess the boomerang counterclockwise as seen from above. Retrieved 25 January This section possibly contains original research. Boomeramg derived the equation from the diagram I included in my latest edit. The torque is a result of the difference in wind speed experienced by the forward moving “wing” compared to the backward moving “wing” of the boomerang.

Behind an Australian Icon. Retrieved 6 February The popular variety at left is thrown by grasping it at the bottom and throwing it so that it rotates about an axis perpendicular to the plane shown. My experience with throwing a large boomerang was that it came back to me boonerang such high speed that I was glad I had a tree to get behind for the return!


Archived from the original on 5 December The most recognisable type of the boomerang is the L-shaped returning boomerang; while non-returning boomerangs, throwing sticks or shaunies were used as weapons, returning boomerangs have been used primarily for leisure or recreation. Boomerangs can be variously used as hunting weapons, percussive musical instrumentsbattle clubsfire-starters, decoys for hunting waterfowland as recreational play toys.

I don’t know if you are familiar with a gyroscope: Historical evidence also points to the use of non-returning boomerangs by the Native Americans of California and Arizonaand inhabitants of southern India for killing birds and rabbits. Then decide if you can cite me as a “credible source”. A boomerang was used to set a Guinness World Record with a throw of 1, There are many other esoteric tuning techniques as well.

Some boomerangs have turbulators —bumps or pits on the top surface that act to increase the lift as boundary layer transition activators to keep attached turbulent flow instead of laminar separation.

Although traditionally thought of as Australian, boomerangs have been found also in ancient Europe, Egypt, and North America. Fast Catch boomerangs usually have three or more symmetrical wings seen from abovewhereas a Long Distance boomerang is most often shaped similar to a question mark.

Hunting sticks discovered in Europe seem to have formed part of the Stone Age arsenal of weapons. Since it will tend to “fly” in the direction of the airfoil, the precession causes it to fly in a curved path, circling back toward the thrower. Beginning in the later part of the twentieth century, there has been a bloom in the independent creation of unusually designed art boomerangs.