Propulsion system Integration of turboprop aircraft for basic trainer

Changduk Kong (Changduk Kong is at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Chosun University, Kwangju, Republic of Korea.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Publication date: 1 December 2000


The propulsion system integration of a turboprop aircraft, which has been developed for the basic trainer, was performed. The proper turboprop engine was selected among worldwide existing engines by the specific developed engine selection technique and trade‐off studies such as customer’s request for operational capability (ROC), propulsion system parameters, performance analysis with engine installed effects, future growth potential, integrated logistic support (ILS), maintainability, interfaces with the airframe, etc. The chin type air inlet with the plenum chamber was designed in consideration of the inclined configuration to minimize the propeller swirl effect, the inertial separation bypass device to reduce FOD, and the super‐ellipse and NACA‐1 profile lip to maximize the ram recovery. The air inlet was analyzed by a higher‐order source panel method considering propeller wake. The exhaust duct was designed through internal cross‐section area determination to maximize the cruising power as well as external configuration to maximize the effective power, to minimize the aerodynamic drag and to minimize the cockpit contamination by the exhaust gas. The proper oil cooler for the selected turboprop engine was determined with cooling requirements and the oil cooling inlet duct with NACA configuration was designed. The test of the propulsion system including the installation performance test with the effects of the air inlet, the exhaust duct, the propeller and the nose fuselage configuration was performed in the test cell.



Kong, C. (2000), "Propulsion system Integration of turboprop aircraft for basic trainer", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 6, pp. 524-537.

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