# Questions tagged [propulsion]

Questions about the various methods used to propel aircraft.

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### How are Fan pressure of and Static pressure in the turbofan engine related?

If the fan air is ducted to the rear, the total fan pressure must be higher than the static gas pressure in the primary engine's exhaust, or air will not flow. By the same token, the static fan ...
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### Are subsonic nozzle fully expanded?

this is about converging subsonic nozzles. Are they fully expanded? meaning exit pressure=ambient pressure? What about diverging subsonic nozzle? Are they fully expanded? what would happen if the ...
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### How the power gained from exhaust of an engine is calculated?

Ryan XV-5 Vertifan used exhaust gas from engine to rotate the fan inside the wing. If I want to design an aircraft using this propulsion system how can I calculate how much power I can get from a ...
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### How to avoid shock (particularly Oblique shock) inside Cd nozzle?

Using the Area ratio (A/A*) and for the desired exit Mach number I have designed a cd nozzle. The Inlet total pressure (Po) and the total temperature (To) is calculated using Isentropic relations for ...
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### what is the physical explanation for additive drag?

from what i understand, additive drag is not really drag. it is a way to account for the variation of inlet condition due to conservation of mass. but i still don't get why it create drag(negative ...
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### How does a partially covered air intake affect the thrust of a propeller ?

does a partially covered air intake of a ducted propeller significantly affect its thrust? If so, will it be like 10 or rather 90 percent less thrust ? Thanks for your answers! Simon
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### What are the effects of angle of attack on turbines in composed delta wings with jets in upper side?

: a layperson doubt. What would happen during take-off and landing of a machine as Boeing X-48, because of the high angle of attack, the steep attitude of the airplane: would this difficult air supply ...
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### If you could put multiple smaller ejector pumps in the same space, would it work better than one larger ejector pump?

I saw somewhere how, for Dyson bladeless fan systems to work for hovering, you'd need an entire grate of ejectors rather than a single ring. However, if you had five ejectors in the same space, each a ...
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### Why does adding more blades to a propeller/fan not show a decrease in efficiency?

According to this answer increasing blade solidity increases the blade area by either enlarging chord or increasing blade count both of which reduce efficiency via reducing the lift coefficient and ...
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### Do aircraft using the push pull configuration always use the same engine?

I am currently doing research for a “white paper design” aircraft and I have always been interested in push pull aircraft as they seem to be rare and I wanted to see some challenges in making a very ...