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What are the advantages of more than 4 propeller blades?

I have heard that propellers with more than four blades are not as efficient as 4 or less blades because of lower thrust which may result from interfering prop-streams. But I see the ATR-42/72 and ...
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Is there any equation to bind velocity, thrust and power?

I am designing a remote controlled airship. I will tune it so that the lift given by Archimedes' Principle will exactly balance the weight of all the structure. It will be propelled by brushless ...
Matteo Monti's user avatar
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Is it possible to fly with counterbalanced single blade engines?

Refer the image for counterbalanced single blade (Source In ground school, they took us for aircraft inspection at end of our ground school ...
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Would an aircraft with contra-rotating propellers longer than the plane's wingspan be able to fly?

I enjoy taking the time to try and visualize how fictional aircraft might actually work in reality. Unfortunately there are some that seem highly impractical from an engineering student's point of ...
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Why is max endurance different for jet and props?

Max endurance speed is not the same for gliders, propeller planes (also for turbo prop, right?) and jet planes. While for for jet planes max endurance is at the minimum drag speed ($V_{md}$), for ...
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Why is thrust inverse to speed in piston engines?

It is said that piston engines have constant power output, and thus their thrust is inverse to speed (e.g. here), while turbines have relatively constant thrust. I'm looking for an intuitive ...
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How is the induced drag calculated for a wing with elliptical planform?

How is the induced drag calculated for a wing with elliptical planform ? Is this wing shape the most efficient ?
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Explained intuitively, why does aspect ratio affect induced drag?

Over the last few hours, I've been trying to intuitively understand induced drag, and how aspect ratio affects it. I already know the equations, but while they explain the relationship, they do not ...
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How can best glide speed be lower than best rate of climb speed?

I was looking up V-speeds for C172. I don't have easy access to an official copy of the POH, but online I found: $V_y$, best rate of climb speed (at sea level): 76 KIAS (p22) $V_{glide}$, maximum ...
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What is the maximum theoretical lift of a plane as a function of engine power and surface of the wings?

Maximum theoretical lift of a plane as a function of engine power and surface of the wings? I know that the maximum static thrust of a propeller turned by an engine of power $P$ can not be greater ...
Robert Werner's user avatar
8 votes
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What is compressibility drag?

I don't mean wave drag here. What is compressibility drag, which is understood to be a form of miscellaneous drag?
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Is 1 propeller always more efficient than 2?

Based on other answers I've read here (1) (2) (3), a single large blade propeller is the most efficient type of thrust you can get. There are 2 reasons for this (as I understand it). Firstly, ...
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How much energy/prop efficiency does the e-volo copter sacrifice by having a smaller propeller?

It seems like on an electric aircraft, it would be very important to have a high energy efficiency. Wouldn't the e-volo copter be much less efficient due to the small radius of the propellers when ...
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What determines maximum speed of a propeller aircraft - Thrust or Power?

I'm reviewing training materials1 for straight and level flight. The content focuses on drag types and explains that the required thrust curve is equivalent to the total drag curve. It then introduces ...
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Guidelines for using a constant speed/adjustable pitch propeller

I have been trained in a single engine fixed pitch prop ( C152). I'm trying to move to Piper Arrow II which has an adjustable pitch propeller. I understand how constant speed propellers work. I'm ...
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