Aerodynamic forces created on the lifting body, like an aircraft wing, can be optimized by modifying the flow field around it. These aerodynamic forces directly influence fuel consumption, thus the economy of flight. Various techniques have been developed and tested on wings for improving aerodynamic efficiency. The present work deals with the integration schemes of fanjets with aircraft wings for the same reason. Fanjets, like bladeless fans, can induce and entrain surrounding air for generation of lift and thrust; however, they are not yet integrated with the wing for modification of aerodynamic forces. In this novel research, the flow physics of the fanjet is explored by varying various geometric parameters. With an increase in the fanjet radius, the mass flow rate decreases, whereas the drag increases. A similar trend was observed for an increase in the jet width. For variation in the angle of attack, the maximum mass flow rate and minimum drag were observed at an angle of 0°. A similar analysis was carried out for semi-annular fanjets. Based on the results, the preferred selection for geometric parameters of annular and semi-annular fanjets was documented for integration with the aircraft wing.
Flow physics of annular and semi-annular fanjet and integration scheme with aircraft wing
Kashif Mehmood, Aamer Shahzad, M. N. Mumtaz Qadri, Shuaib Salamat, Taimur Ali Shams, Jehanzeb Masud; Flow physics of annular and semi-annular fanjet and integration scheme with aircraft wing. Physics of Fluids 1 September 2023; 35 (9): 097101. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0165058
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