# Drag area

In mechanics and aerodynamics, the drag area of an object represents the effective size of the object as it is "seen" by the fluid flow around it. The drag area is usually expressed as a product ${\displaystyle C_{d}A,}$ where ${\displaystyle A}$ is a representative area of the object, and ${\displaystyle C_{d}}$ is the drag coefficient, which represents what shape it has and how streamlined it is.
${\displaystyle F_{d}={\frac {1}{2}}\ \rho \ C_{d}A\ v^{2}.}$
Here, ${\displaystyle F_{d}}$ is the drag force, ${\displaystyle \rho }$ the density of the fluid, and ${\displaystyle v}$ the speed of the object relative to the fluid.