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A Review of Boundary Layer Ingestion Modeling Approaches for Use in Conceptual DesignThe concept of boundary layer ingestion (BLI) has been proposed by NASA researchers and other groups for improving the performance of a number of future aircraft concepts. These future aircraft concepts include the STARC-ABL, D8 and N-3X among other examples. While BLI technology appears to be promising for improving the aircraft performance by reducing fuel burn, the benefits and challenges of using this technology are not well understood. As a result, there are a number of e orts ongoing within NASA which are attempting to model BLI and determine its overall bene t. Despite their common goal, there seems to be significant differences in the modeling approaches used in each e ort, with limited communication and collaboration between these groups. The purpose of this report is to document NASA's in-house BLI modeling e orts and their associated methodologies. Furthermore, the report will identify strengths and weaknesses of each methodology, specifically in regards to each method's application in conceptual design.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Hendricks, Eric S.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 10, 2018
Publication Date
July 1, 2018
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 081876.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Boundary Layer Ingestion
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