If cone shaped grills pointing forward were in front of jet engines would they make bird parts slide outside towards the back of the engine and away?

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    $\begingroup$ Would they immensely affect the drag and efficiency of the engines? Would they serve in any way to better help the plane fly safely and controllably? $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Mar 30, 2017 at 8:08
  • $\begingroup$ Duplicate of aviation.stackexchange.com/q/14342/8730 $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Mar 30, 2017 at 17:29

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No, that wouldn't work.

Kinetic energy is measured using the formula $\tfrac12mv^2$ . This means that the kinetic energy of a 4.5kg goose at 170 knots is about the same as a motorcycle at 30mph. At 400 knots that goose's kinetic energy is the same as a small car at 30mph. Remember that velocity in this case is not the speed of the goose but the speed of the airplane hitting it, any grill would have to be immensely strong to survive that kind of impact, meaning it would have to be thick and heavy. This will block airflow to the engine, which is a big problem. If the heavy, hard metal screen fails it will get sucked into the engine and cause far more damage than a soft, squishy bird.

One method for the mass production of french fries is to shoot potatoes at a mesh screen at high speed using a water cannon, when the potato hits the screen its speed forces it through, slicing the potato perfectly in a fraction of a second. A similar thing is going to happen to a bird which hits a screen in front of the engine, rather than being deflected it will simply be sliced and ingested into the engine anyway, or it could potentially be caught on the mesh of the grill and impede airflow further.

  • $\begingroup$ Chicken strips. $\endgroup$
    – Steve
    Mar 30, 2017 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ Jet engine crispy duck. Yum. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Mar 30, 2017 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ Sheer genius @mins $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Mar 30, 2017 at 19:46

That would hinder the engines so much that they probably wouldn't create enough thrust to maintain level flight.


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