This paper presents conceptual studies to evaluate the performance of the propulsor and its associated vehicle in the configurations of wake ingestion and boundary-layer ingestion. A power conversion analysis uses the power balance method to elaborate the power-saving mechanism of wake ingestion, showing that the Froude’s propulsive efficiency as a figure of merit should be separated from the power conversion efficiency in these configurations. The body/ propulsor interaction occurring in the boundary-layer ingestion configuration is qualitatively analyzed to clarify its influence on the performance of the integrated vehicle. The results suggest that the minimization of power consumption should be used as a design criterion for aircraft using boundary-layer ingestion.
|Journal||Journal of Aircraft: devoted to aeronautical science and technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|