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P151: VTOL Aircraft Concept Calculations

by on Sep.06, 2014, under Art and Designs, Concepts, Inventions

I have done some basic calculations into the feasiblity of a VTOL aircraft. I have aimed to construct an aircraft similiar in performance to the V-22 Osprey. My aircraft has 4 engines, mounted to 4 separate pylons. It is designed to be extremely rugged and features extensive redundancy in it’s core systems. All of the […]

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P151: VTOL Aircraft

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Art and Designs, Concepts, Inventions

I have become very interested in aircraft, and in particular ground effect and VTOL aircraft, since I began working on my previous project (P150). I realised during the P150 project that a supersonic ekranoplan would not really be feasible, not just because of the difficulties in navigating at high speed that close to the ground, […]

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P-150: Ekranoplan: Candidate CFD models

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Art and Designs, Concepts, Inventions

I have completed most of the CAD modelling of the prospective ekranoplan models. I have created six different models to test in the OpenFOAM wind tunnel. One with a Standard delta wing (the length of the tip chord being 0) , one with a trapezoidal delta wing (with tip chord being 10% of the root […]

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P-150: Ekranoplan: Mathematics and Preliminary Wing Planforms

by on Aug.24, 2014, under Art and Designs, Concepts, Inventions

I have completed the calculations for the wings of the supersonic ekranoplan. I have come up with a series of options, all of which I intend to test in openFOAM. I have two wing plan forms: Delta, and Trapezoidal delta. I may also creae an Ogival or Compound delta wing. With each of these two […]

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(P150) Sears-Haack Body: Inventor Model

by on Aug.20, 2014, under Art and Designs, Concepts, Inventions

The Sears-Haack body is the shape which has the lowest possible wave drag while travelling at supersonic speeds, and is therefor the optimum shape for a vehicle operating at these speeds. At low speeds, the majority of drag on a flying vehicle is induced and parasitic drag. At Transonic and Supersonic speeds the effects of […]

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Concept: Aero(and Hydro)ponics for Farming in Arid Regions

by on Aug.03, 2014, under Concepts, Inventions, Musings

Aeroponics is the growing of plants or crops in air, as opposed to soil, or water (such as in hydroponics). It works by suspending crops in a tank containing a nutrient rich solution. This solution is then sprayed onto the crops at regular intervals (In Hydroponics, the crops are actually immersed in the solution). Both […]

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Concept: The Ekranoplan

by on Aug.03, 2014, under Concepts, Inventions, Musings

The Ekranoplan (Wiki) is a type of Ground-Effect Vehicle. It is essentially an aircraft, which flies just meters off of the surface of the ground, using a cushion of air to provide additional lift. These vehicles are amphibious, but can only travel over a flat surface. The are predominately used over water and ice, although […]

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