Takeoff and Performance Tradeoffs of Retrofit Distributed Electric Propulsion for Urban Transport

Electric Aircraft Optimization

A trade study investigating the use of distributed electric propulsion on fixed-wing aircraft to shorten takeoff distance. This aircraft configuration could potentially compete with VTOL aircraft in urban air transportation. The trade study was done using a MDO framework including blade element momentum method, vortex lattice method, linear-beam finite element analysis, classical laminate theory, composite failure, empirically-based blade noise modeling, motor and motor-controller mass models, and gradient-based optimization.

Summary:

  1. Moore, K., and Ning, A., “Takeoff and Performance Tradeoffs of Retrofit Distributed Electric Propulsion for Urban Transport,” Journal of Aircraft, Aug. 2019. doi:10.2514/1.C035321 [BibTeX] [DOI] [PDF]
    @article{Moore2019,
      author = {Moore, Kevin and Ning, Andrew},
      doi = {10.2514/1.C035321},
      journal = {Journal of Aircraft},
      month = aug,
      title = {Takeoff and Performance Tradeoffs of Retrofit Distributed Electric Propulsion for Urban Transport},
      year = {2019}
    }