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Real-time integrated turboprop take-off model under propeller-wing interaction

Yiwei Wang (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)
Xianghua Huang (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)
Jiaqin Huang (Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory of Aerospace Power System, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 10 July 2019

Issue publication date: 15 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to build a real-time integrated turboprop take-off model which fully takes the interaction between diverse parts of aircraft into consideration. Turboprops have the advantage of short take-off distance derived from propeller-wing interaction. Traditional turboprop take-off model is inappropriate because interactions between diverse parts of aircrafts are not fully considered or longer calculation time is required. To make full use of the advantage of short take-off distance, a real-time integrated take-off model is needed for analysing flight performance and developing an integrated propeller-engine-aircraft control system.

Design/methodology/approach

A new integrated three-degree-of-freedom take-off model is developed, which takes a modified propeller model, a wing model and the predominant propeller-wing interaction into account. The propeller model, based on strip theory, overcomes the shortage that the strip theory does not work if the angle of propeller axis and inflow velocity is non-zero. The wing model uses the lifting line method. The proposed propeller-wing interaction model simplifies the complex propeller-wing flow field. Simulations of ATR42 take-off model are conducted in the following three modes: propeller-wing interaction is ignored; influence of propeller on wing is considered only; and propeller-wing interaction is considered.

Findings

Comparison of take-off distances and flight parameters shows that propeller-wing interaction has a vital impact on take-off distance and flight parameters of turboprops.

Practical implications

The real-time integrated take-off model provides time-history flight parameters, which plays an important role in an integrated propeller-engine-aircraft control system to analyse and improve flight performance.

Originality/value

The real-time integrated take-off model is more precise because propeller-wing interaction is considered. Each calculation step costs less than 20 ms, which meets real-time calculation requirements. The modified propeller model overcomes the shortage of strip theory.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the NATIONAL NATURE SCIENCE FOUNDATION OF CHINA (No.51576097).

Citation

Wang, Y., Huang, X. and Huang, J. (2019), "Real-time integrated turboprop take-off model under propeller-wing interaction", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 91 No. 7, pp. 917-926. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEAT-02-2017-0066

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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