# What is the cooling air exhaust velocity for the piston engine of a propeller driven aircraft?

Piston engines of propeller driven aircrafts need to be cooled. There are engine cowlings which accomodate the inflow of air to "wash" over the engines within them and which is then exhausted out into the freestream.

The model in question here would be a single block engine in the cowling of a tracktor configuration propeller aircraft. The airflow enters the cowling, washes over the engine, and then exits into the freestream.

The question is:

What would be a good estimate for the velocity of this air stream exhausted into the freestream?

• I don’t understand your question. Can you please explain what you mean by “cooling exhaust velocity”. Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 16:55
• Agree. It’s completely confusing. Are you asking “what is the velocity of the air that cools the external surfaces of the engine, as this air exits the engine nacelle?” That’s the only way I can make sense of this. Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 16:59
• @Penguin: Not only confusing, as (if using your reformulated question) impossible to answer as it depends on the design and the airspeed. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 18:59
• I would think that this would be heavily (totally) dependent on the aircraft and engine under consideration. They all use outside air in some manner to cool the engine(s), but how (fast) it exits the nacelle is specific to each particular installation - whether it flows through based solely on the aircraft's forward motion or if it's fan propelled; how many twists & turns it may take on its way out; how many other components it might cool before/after hitting the block & cylinders; etc. Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 19:45
• I am beginning to think that the estimation of such velocities is not widely known and is in the purview of a specialized investigation for each aircraft case. However, it also cannot be said that these velocities cannot be estimated, which would be necessary during conceptual design (apart of which I am at the moment). I have looked through the matter over the past few days and have found a conclusive method to estimate this velocity. For future reference of others, kindly reopen the question in order that I may provide my finding as an answer. Thank you. Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 11:24