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Is there any theoretical problem powering the fan with an electric motor [duplicate]

A question that I have been wondering about lately is whether it would be possible to power the fan in a modern hi-bypass turbofan with an electric motor and achieve performance comparable to the ...
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Do all passenger aircraft have a nickel cadmium battery? [duplicate]

In the event of both the engines failing in a double engine aircraft, does the aircraft a have nickel cadmium battery to provide propulsion to make a successful landing?
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Is it possible to power a very small jet using batteries? [duplicate]

I have read a lot of answers on batteries powering large commercial jets, and how it won't work. However, for a small jet like the Honda jet, would it be possible for it to be powered completely by ...
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All Electric Jets [duplicate]

I've been researching electric jets, and I have seen a number of schemes. What is the most likely way to build an all-electric jet engine, assuming that the power source is available and practical?
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Why can’t electric motors be used in aviation [duplicate]

Why can’t electric motors be used in aviation? Is it a problem with batteries, torque, or what? From what I’m aware motors at high torque are expensive and need a massive footprint, than a high rpm ...
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Is An Electric Plane Possible? [duplicate]

I know we have electric cars already. But in the future we’ll eventually have to use something cleaner than gasoline and gasoline is running out! So is it possible to have a battery powered turbofan ...
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Why do turbofan blade tips exceed the speed of sound while prop tips should not?

It seems that the tips of the fan of a turbofan engine can and do break the sound barrier: The GE-90 has a fan diameter of 3124 mm and a rotational speed of 3475 RPM. Their circumferential velocity ...
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How many kilowatts to get an electric 747-8 airborne?

Reading about the Airbus E-Fan and it's dual 30 kW thrust fans caused me to wonder: assuming the need for four electric fans, how many kilowatts would be required to power each fan with enough thrust ...
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Are there any hybrid electric planes?

Are there any hybrid planes (planned), or would this be impossible because we don't have big enough batteries?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of ducted fans in designs such as the Airbus E-Fan?

I have read that it increases thrust and reduces noise. Is there a downside to this? (Image source: Wikipedia)
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What materials are used for the gas bags in hydrogen airships?

I heard that to construct a hydrogen blimp or airship, the gas bag must be coated with aluminium, which got me confused: doesn't it add significantly to the weight? Is aluminium really used, and is ...
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What are the hurdles to overcome before purely electric commercial aircraft can fly?

What are currently the largest issues with purely electric commercial aircraft (large scale ones like the size of a Boeing 737)? Are there any organizations right now that are trying to solve those ...
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Are there any programs to build a hydrogen powered airplane?

So called "renewable energy" is a buzzword these days. Auto manufacturers are starting to roll out hydrogen powered cars. Hydrogen may not currently be the most efficient or economic fuel for jet ...
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Chemtrail Conspiracy theory [closed]

Could this be true? https://www.facebook.com/migyal.imisyou/videos/2514422715448542/UzpfSTEwMDAwODE2OTc1NjA4NDoyMDQxMDc4Nzg2MTc0NDI3/ A friend has posted this - of course, I have been looking ...
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What would be the potential thrust of an “electric jet” like Lilium's?

Lilium claims to fly with "electric jets". Throwing out the debate over whether a non-combustion compression of a stream of air is a jet or only a ducted fan, what is the potential thrust each of ...

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