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Performance Analysis of Optimized STARC-ABL Designs Across the Entire Mission ProfileBoundary layer ingestion (BLI) offers the potential for significant fuel burn reduction by exploiting strong aeropropulsive interactions. NASA’s STARC–ABL concept uses an electri- cally powered BLI tail cone thruster on what is otherwise a traditional airframe. Despite the traditional airframe of this configuration, aeropropulsive integration is critical to the perfor- mance of the BLI propulsor. Furthermore, due to being electrically powered, the fan pressure ratio and efficiency of the BLI tail cone thruster vary widely across the flight envelope, and this variation in fan performance must be accounted for with the aeropropulsive integration of the BLI system. Thus, accurate performance prediction for this novel propulsion configu- ration requires the use of a coupled aeropropulsive model across the flight envelope. In this work, we analyze the off-design performance of 18 optimized designs using an aeropropulsive model that is built with the OpenMDAO framework to couple 3-D RANS CFD simulations to 1-D thermodynamic cycle analyses. The designs are created via high-fidelity aeropropulsive design optimizations that span a range of fan pressure ratio and thrust values at the cruise conditions for the STARC-ABL concept, which was chosen as the aerodynamic design point for the propulsor. Performance analyses we present herein are then performed at a range of off-design flight conditions that span the flight envelope, including low-speed and low-altitude flight conditions. This study provides the first set of high-fidelity data for the STARC–ABL configuration at off-design conditions, and the results quantify the power savings through BLI compared to a traditional propulsion system across the entire mission profile.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Anil Yildirim
(University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)
Justin S Gray
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Charles Mader
(University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)
Joaquim R. R. A. Martins
(University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)
Date Acquired
November 23, 2020
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Thermodynamics
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
Location: Virtual
Country: US
Start Date: January 11, 2021
End Date: January 15, 2021
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 109492.
Distribution Limits
Use by or on behalf of the US Gov. Permitted.
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