Transient Thrust Analysis of Rigid Rotors in Forward Flight

Travis Krebs, Goetz Bramesfeld, Julia Cole

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The purpose of this study was to investigate and quantify the transient thrust response of two small rigid rotors in forward flight. This was accomplished using a distributed doublet-based potential flow method, which was validated against wind-tunnel experimentation and a transient CFD analysis. The investigation showed that for both rotors, advancing and retreating blade effects were predicted to contribute to transient thrust amplitudes of 5–30% of the mean rotor thrust. The thrust output amplitudes of individual rotors blades were observed to be 15–45% of the mean rotor thrust, indicating that it is not uncommon for the thrust output variation of an individual rotor blade to approach the same value as the mean thrust output of the rotor itself. In addition to this, the theoretical analysis also illustrated that higher blade thrust oscillations resulted in pronounced asymmetric rotor wake structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number28
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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