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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 it possible to fly with counterbalanced single blade engines?

Refer the image for counterbalanced single blade (Source http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/bo-103.php). In ground school, they took us for aircraft inspection at end of our ground school ...
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### Why don't aeroplanes use propellers with more blades like the intake on a fanjet?

The air intake on a fanjet typically has many small angled blades. A wind pump in an American film might have many broad slatted blades. My desk fan has 3 very large scooping blades and seems quite ...
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### How does blade solidity ratio relate to thrust/power/torque of a propeller?

for quite some time I was using ABBOTT formula for static thrust estimation on a two-bladed propellers: $$T=6.8\times10^{-5}\times D^{3}\times p\times RPM^{2}$$ $T$ is Static Thrust (N); $D$ is ...
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### How much horsepower to weight is required for a 1:1 thrust ratio?

I did a math experiment today, but wanted to verify the results. I wanted to figure out how much horsepower is needed for an aircraft to hover in midair with no wings/lifting body (1:1 thrust/weight)....
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Why do toy (RC) helicopters have curved flat surfaces and larger rotors on true helicopters have a solid aerofoil shape? If the rotor was mechanically strong enough to lift the desired weight, is ...
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### Why don't contra-rotating propeller configurations with more than two propellers exist?

I wasn't able to find a single example of more than two propellers stacked axially in a contra-rotating configuration. There is a huge number of contra-rotating propeller setups, but it is always a ...
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### How to calculate the number of blades?

Inspired by building a new drone, I got lost in curiosity. What if I have a fixed length of rotor blades and a target amount of lift I want to, well, lift. How do you calculate the number of blades? ...
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There's something that bothers me inherently, and just like the Hueys from Vietnam, 'only' having two blades. Doesn't seem enough, I mean, if despite your best planning, engineering -- whatever -- ...
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### Why Consumer Drones don't use multi-blade (more than 2) propellers?

Maybe unusual question but it's related to Aviation world, even if is more directly related to Drones one. Why almost all consumer drones like DJI's and Yuneec's ones (but it's true also for other ...
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### Is there any equation on propeller thrust that takes into account the number of blades [duplicate]

I had a look at both What is the equation for calculating static thrust? and Is there any equation to bind velocity, thrust and power? However, it does not mention how much would the thrust be ...
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### How much lift is created by a half-sized rotor?

I wonder if lift is directly proportional to the diameter of the rotor disc. For example, if an engine spinning a 26 ft diameter rotor can lift 635 kg, will a 13 ft diameter rotor using the same ...
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### Does a 3-blade prop handle up/down drafts better than a 2-blade?

I'm about to order a plane kit (RV-10) and one of the choices I'll be making is a 3-blade vs 2-blade propeller. A 3-blade prop should be: easier to balance, quieter and capable of generating more ...