Questions tagged [contra-rotating]

Use for contra-rotating propellers and coaxial rotors.

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Do the blades of the rear disk have different geometry to the blades of the front disk on a contra-rotating assembly?

If my understanding is correct, the air flow is accelerated by the front propeller toward the rear propeller in a contra-rotating prop assembly. Therefore, the rear disk would be receiving air at ...
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Why don't NK-12 powered contra-rotating propellers turn in equal rpm?

The Kuznetsov NK-12 is a Soviet turboprop engine of the 1950s, designed by the Kuznetsov design bureau. The NK-12 drives two large four-bladed contra-rotating propellers, 5.6 m (18 ft) diameter (NK-...
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Do contra-rotating propellers have the same RPM?

Image source Here is a contra-rotating propeller. The front propeller rotates counterclockwise while the back propeller rotates clockwise. My questions are: Do they rotate at the same speed (RPM)? ...
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Are there disadvantages of coaxial rotor on attack helicopters?

My question stems from the fact that, although this is a very fierce looking, and formidable aircraft with a very powerful engine, Ka-52 Alligator has not seen many export success. Its export is very ...
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What is the purpose of having contra-rotating props on an aircraft?

Why do planes, like the famous XF-11 and the Tu-95, have contra-rotating props? What is their purpose? Image credit: Mike Freer / Touchdown-Aviation / Wikimedia