Date of Award

9-2011

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Whitmore

Abstract

Blade element momentum theory is well suited for propeller analysis during the early stages of design. The analytic blade element momentum model is presented along with a proposed nonlinear improvement. The analytical model makes small angle assumptions which are known to be inaccurate under some conditions. The nonlinear model avoids these assumptions. The results of the analytical and nonlinear models are compared against each other. The differences between these are most prevalent on lower pitch propellers at high advance ratios. A wind tunnel validation test is outlined. Results of the validation test and other published data from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are compared to the analytical and nonlinear blade element models. The test data matches the nonlinear data with reasonable accuracy at high advance ratios.

Comments

This work was made publicly available electronically on October 5, 2011.

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