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Electric engine used as non conventional propulsion system of an aircraft.

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What‘s the diameter of the engines of the Airbus E-Fan?

does somebody know the diameter of the E-Fan‘s engines ? To me the look like around 80cm or what do you think ? Also, with more and wider blades and 60 kW motors instead of 30 couldn‘t they get much ...
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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 is an “all-electric APU”?

Understand that the APS5000 used in the B787 is the first all-electric APU for large commercial aircraft. Source: http://www.pwc.ca/en/engines/auxiliary-power-units Sorry if this sounds too ...
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Is there a limit to the possible altitude for electric jets?

So I was thinking about Elon Musk's supersonic electric jet idea. Assuming we have sufficiently energy-dense batteries, where would the limits be in terms of speed and altitude. His logic seems to ...
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Why do brushless motors heat up? [closed]

I would like to know what makes a brushless motor heat up. I'm aware of the problems generating the high temperature such as wire contact problems or overloaded motors. I want to know what makes a ...
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Does a “take-off” assist make sense for electric aircraft?

There is already a good answer that talks about how a catapult provides virtually no benefit for fuel-based aircraft. However, I'm wondering if the same answer is true for electric planes? For ...
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Are fully electric helicopters suitable for military operations?

I read this question about diesel-electric (DE) helicopters, which sparked the following question: Are fully electric helicopters suitable for military operations? They are more silent, and electric ...
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How do I determine the maximum thrust that a Tesla powertrain (P100D for example) could produce if attached to a single propeller?

I am theorizing a drone helicopter from a tesla powertrain (P100D). Lets assume the system is theoretically maximized with an optimum propeller (this is what I am currently stuck on). How much thrust ...
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Is this scheme for a single-fan electric airship with a rocket-like geometry workable?

I am currently designing a vertical take-off and landing vehicle that uses a Tesla powertrain connected to an electric ducted fan. Please comment on if my thought process is sound on my feasibility ...
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What energy density is required for the batteries in order to make an all-electric analogue of the Cessna 150 or similar plane?

I think I have some general understanding that at the present moment even with the best possible batteries, a 2 seater training aircraft (like the C-150) would be very impractical. I'm not even ...
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What's the use of so much torque on propellers?

(This question is closely related to this question) A typical Cessna 172 has a 180 hp engine, with a max. rotational velocity of 2700 RPM. Even small 1 hp electrical motors can achieve that RPM, and ...
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What does the 'hp' rating actually signify, with respect to an aircraft engine?

Let's say I've got a Cessna C172S with a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine that produces 180 hp (that's the power output for sure). Let's say I've also got a water pump, that is rated at 1 hp (power input or ...
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What is the efficiency of running an electric motor from a gas generator?

If you were to run an electric motor from a gasoline or diesel generator, how big would the generator have to be to run something like the Siemens electric engine? Is this a viable model for replacing ...
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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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Could there ever be a fully solar powered airliner capable of transatlantic flights?

Could a new or a modified existing airliner, e.g., a Boeing 737, be fully powered by solar energy and make the normal length trips aviation-fuel powered aircraft make?
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Why do solar planes have many small propellers instead of fewer large ones?

Many solar planes, like NASA's Helios (pictured above), NASA's Pathfinder, and to a lesser extent Facebook's Aquila employ the use of many small motor propeller sets instead of one or two engines like ...
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Pure electrical, minimally-noisy drone engines — Science fiction or real theoretical science? [closed]

I am not an aeronautic (or a Physicist) and sorry in advance if this question seems a bit funny to you... I ask the following question after seeing the following aviation concept in science fiction ...
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Are there any electric ultralight aircraft?

Are there any electric, FAR part 103 aircraft? FAR part 103 aircraft are unique in that they don't need a license to fly.
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Feasibility of using secondary props to generate power on an electric model aircraft [duplicate]

Beginning with the aeroplane itself, it is a small, fixed wing model aeroplane, reminiscent design-wise to a Cessna 172. It is completely battery powered and has a primary prop attached to a motor ...
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In what way(s) will making an airplane electric help to make it “quiet”?

In this blog I read about the Quiet Flight Initiative, which - if I understand correctly - will be quieter than a comparable carbon fueled plane at least in part because it is electric. It's an ...
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Can an electric aircraft self-recharge? [closed]

I'm trying to design an aircraft with a long range, and I thought that an electric aircraft with a generator powered by the motor would be able to do that. However, I've seen very few of these ...
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Could a Sky Rail work?

This question is similar to my previous ones but configuration is different and so is the question. Could a modified electric turbine engine (E-Fan) plane create enough of its own lift not to burden ...
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Could the vertical stabilizer be removed on the NASA X-57?

I was reading this article about how NASA will develop this new X-57 X-plane which has many tiny electric motors mounted on the wing. Now, I wonder: How come this aircraft still has a vertical ...
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Are there other examples of human-electric hybrid aircraft?

Has there been a human-electric hybrid aircraft after this. A more streamlined design; maybe capable of soaring as well...
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What are the design goals for NASA's X-57? [duplicate]

There have obviously been work going on prior to the X-57 announcement (see LEAPTech and Joby Aviation http://www.jobyaviation.com/LEAPTech/). However, what does NASA actually think they will achieve ...
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What are some alternative benefits to electric propulsion?

The context I am asking is regarding if electric motors could ease the fuel cost, take off weight, or runway length if they were set up in 'hybrid' configuration with regular hydrocarbon engines. If ...
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How much could human power add to the endurance of an electric gyrocopter?

If we take a single seater electric gyrocopter like this one, could a human-powered propeller like this add to the endurance of the aircraft? The gyrocopter only needs a 32km/h forward speed to stay ...
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Is there any benefit to science from the Swiss built solar plane flying across the globe? [closed]

Are there any innovations that were made during the development or flight of the Solar Impulse plane that would go into any type of regularly used airplanes in the near future?
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Could an electric engine provide the same performance as jet engines on current aircraft?

I have looked at various questions on this SE site regarding this topic but I have not really found a satisfactory answer. Some comments here regarding torque and power in electric motors vs gasoline ...
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What does Elon Musk mean by “electric jet”?

Elon Musk has said that he has a design for a vertical take off and landing super sonic electric jet. I was under the impression that jet engines work by burning fuel, expanding volume and thus ...
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In helicopters, why not have electric motors controlling blade pitch?

From my related question comes this idea of electrically controlled blade pitch in helicopters. Control linkages in helicopter rotors seem to be pretty complex. This surely incurs a lot of friction, ...
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Are there any future regulations planned for electric multi-motor LSAs?

It seems with electric control of the multi engine configuration, such as with NASA's new leap tech technology, that there should be a way to use multiple motors in the LSA category. Is there anything ...
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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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Electric Airplane - Hybrid / dual type engines how would that work?

If you have an airplane with electric propellers for take off and landing and you have a turbofan/jet to reach higher speeds for cruise. For example, electric propellers can go to 250mph and turbofan ...
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For an electric airplane are propellers the only option for propulsion?

This is for an electric airplane (so no fuels for combustion): Are propellers the only option? Is there a turbine-jet possible with only air intake, electrically compress, and a turbine and nozzle ...
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What are the advantages of the NASA LEAPTech propeller on wing technology?

NASA has detailed experiments with a new type of parallel array of small electric propellers on the leading edge of the wing technology that they are calling LEAPTech. The press release notes that ...
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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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Does it make sense towing airplanes to the head of airstrip by external (eg electric) means?

Does it make sense towing airplanes to the head of airstrip by electric means, whether internal or external? Taxiing from the gate to the runway on jet power seems like a waste of fuel. Is it ...
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What license is needed to fly the electric “Volocopter” helicopter?

Here is a video of the aircraft in flight. The Volocopter Looks like it would fly quite differently than a helicopter. Is that true? Does that matter? Is it still a helicopter license that's needed?
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Does the weight of the battery count as “fuel” in a battery powered ultralight?

14 CFR 103 compliant powered aircraft should be less than 254 pounds (excluding fuel). Do the batteries account for fuel in case of electric engine?