Analysis and Design of a Wing Trailing Edge Mounted Over-The-Wing Distributed Propeller Propulsion system

Leo Veldhuis, Arash Khajehzadeh

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In this paper we address a preliminary assessment of the aerodynamics and performance effects of a propeller based distributed propulsion that is positioned at the trailing edge of a wing. The proposed layout is a potential candidate for the application of hybrid-electric propulsion in a green aircraft design that is currently being developed in a TU Delft project. Based on experimental results that were obtained earlier during two experimental test campaigns in a low speed windtunnel, a ducted propeller-wing combination, obtained by adding a secondary wing (duct) above the propeller, was investigated and optimized using a Euler based optimization framework. From the provisional results is was found that the ducted propeller positioned close to the trailing edge may beneficially support a high overall propulsion efficiency attaining high system lift to drag values and high propeller efficiency for a typical medium range aircraft when the duct is properly adapted by shape optimization of the secondary wing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-589-0
ISBN (Print)9781624105890
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum - Dallas, United States
Duration: 17 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

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NameAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Aviation 2019 Forum
CountryUnited States
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