Distributed Propulsion Technology


Amir S. Gohardani (Editor)
University of Arizona, Royal Institute of Technology, University of and Royal Institute of Technology, Akersberga, Sweden

Series: Mechanical Engineering Theory and Applications
BISAC: TEC009070

Distributed propulsion technology is one of the revolutionary candidates for future aircraft propulsion. In this book, which serves as the very first reference book on distributed propulsion technology, the potential role of distributed propulsion technology in future aviation is investigated. Following a historical journey that revisits distributed propulsion technology in unmanned air vehicles, commercial aircraft, and military aircraft, features of this specific technology are highlighted in synergy with an electric aircraft concept and a first-of-its-kind comparison between commercial and military aircraft employing distributed propulsion arrangements.

In light of propulsion–airframe integration and complementary technologies, such as boundary layer ingestion, thrust vectoring and circulation control, transpired opportunities and challenges are addressed in addition to a number of identified research directions proposed for future aircraft. Moreover, a diverse set of distributed propulsion arrangements are considered. These include: small engines, gas-driven multi-fan architectures, turboelectric systems featuring superconductive and non-superconducting electrical machine technology, and electromagnetic fans. This book features contributions by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Air Force (USAF), and includes the first proposed official definition for distributed propulsion technology in subsonic fixed wing aircraft. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface pp,vii-viii

Chapter 1. Challenges of Future Aircraft Propulsion: A Review of Distributed Propulsion Technology and its Potential Application for the All-Electric Commercial Aircraft
(Amir S. Gohardani, Georgios Doulgeris and Riti Singh, Cranfield University, United Kingdom)pp,1-48

Chapter 2. A Synergistic Glance at the Prospects of Distributed Propulsion Technology and the Electric Aircraft Concept for Future Unmanned Air Vehicles and Commercial/Military Aviation
(Amir S. Gohardani, Cranfield University, United Kingdom)pp,49-146

Chapter 3. Gas-Driven Multi-Fans per Engine Core Distributed Propulsion Concept
(Hyun Dae Kim, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)pp,147-152

Chapter 4. Distributed Propulsion Using Multiple Small Engines
(Hyun Dae Kim, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)pp,153-160

Chapter 5. Turboelectric Distributed Propulsion
(Hyun Dae Kim, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)pp,161-172

Chapter 6. Design Options for Integrating Ultra-High Bypass Ratio Gas Turbines on a Blended Wing Body Aircraft – An Incremental Step in Evaluating Distributed Propulsion
(H. Douglas Perkins, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)pp,173-184

Chapter 7. Effects of Distributed Propulsion on Aircraft Performance and Weight
(Leifur Leifsson, William H. Mason, Joseph A. Schetz and Andy Ko, Reykjavik University, Iceland, and others)pp,185-210

Chapter 8. Investigation of the Potential Fuel Cell Hybrid Aviation Propulsion System with an Electromagnetic Fan
(Keiichi Okai, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Hiroshi Nomura, Takeshi Tagashira and Ryoji Yanagi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tokyo, Japan and others)pp,211-226

Chapter 9. Aircraft Design, Sizing and Integration of TurboElectric Distributed Propulsion (TeDP) Systems with both Superconducting and Non-Superconducting Electrical Machine Technology
(Andrew Gibson, Benjamin Schiltgen, Trevor Foster, Michael Green, Kurt Papathakis and Jeff Freeman, Empirical Systems Aerospace, USA)pp,227-262

Chapter 10. Sizing and Analysis Methodologies for TurboElectric Distributed Propulsion (TeDP) Systems with both Superconducting and Non-Superconducting Electrical Machine Technology
(Andrew Gibson, Benjamin Schiltgen, Trevor Foster, Michael Green, Kurt Papathakis, Jeff Freeman and Philippe Masson, Empirical Systems Aerospace, USA, and others)pp,263-320

Chapter 11. Flow Control Technology for Advanced Gas Turbine Engines
(D.R. Reddy, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)pp.321-338

Chapter 12. Energy Horizons: A Science and Technology Vision for Air Force Energy
(Mark T. Maybury, United States Air Force, USA)pp,339-360

Index pp,361-369

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