Optimising placement of many smaller propellers for enhanced propulsion
In the nearly 80 years since the first jet aircraft took to the skies, the jet engines that propel them have been located under the fixed wings or on the fuselage. Novel designs for new aircraft with increasing electrification have prompted innovation in propulsion systems. Among the most promising concepts is distributed propulsion. Numerous smaller electric propellers (propeller arrays) are distributed along the aircraft with flexibility to enhance the aerodynamic coupling between the propellers and the wings and improve performance over conventional designs. The EU-funded DISPROP project will enhance design and analysis tools to support the optimisation of new distributed propulsion systems with closely spaced propellers for a boost in efficiency and greener flight.
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