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Conceptual Design of Propulsors for the SUSAN Electrofan Transport AircraftConceptual designs of the propulsor modules for the SUSAN electro-fan aircraft are sought after. Shaft power requirement is reduced by using boundary layer ingesting propulsion technology. There are several obstacles to designing feasible BLI propulsion systems such as inlet distortion, flow blockage from ingesting low-momentum flow, strong coupling between airframe and propulsion systems. Thus, the high fidelity CFD tool is indispensable to assess the performance of the propulsion systems and evaluate the inlet profiles during the design process. Consequently, the CFD data is used to update the inputs for the NPSS model from the initial stage of the system design. Hence, the inlet sizing, fan design, and estimation of the power saving are carried out. Various installation concepts of the mail-slot nacelle, such as under-/over-wing and trailing edge configurations, are investigated for the wing-mounted turbo-electric distributed propulsor module, and their power-saving is evaluated. As for the tail-mounted turbofan engine, the fan diameter and inlet captured area is determined based on the CFD profiles. An appropriate area ratio of the bypass and core ducts is derived from meeting the target bypass ratio from the system design. The baseline fan stage is analyzed by full annulus URANS CFD to assess the efficiency penalty due to the ingested pressure and swirl distortions.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Byung Joon Lee
(HX5, LLC)
May-fun Liou
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
December 3, 2021
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Meeting Information
AIAA SciTech Forum(Virtual)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 533127.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
Single Expert
SUSAN Electro-Fan Aircraft
Boundary Layer Ingestion
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