Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Engineering and Technology Education
Vertical take-off has been a capability available only to military aircraft due to the design utilized. However, if the design incorporated artificial airflow over the aircraft wings, then vertical take-off becomes a possibility for aircraft varying from general aviation to small jets. In order to determine the most efficient wing for vertical take-off, multiple airfoils with different characteristics and airflow configurations were designed and tested. For each airfoil, the coefficient of lift was to be calculated and recorded in order to determine which airfoil had the greatest capability for vertical take-off. However, the airfoil/airflow design utilized in the tests did not create enough lift to measure. Although the tests appear to have ended in failure, there was one important trait that was effectively proven. This trait was the fact that there was a pressure drop over the top of the airfoil, which meant that the airfoil was generating lift. This trait has lead to plans for future designs and testing.
Adams, Rachel J., "Vertical Take-off with Artificial Airflow" (2011). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 86.
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