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The intricacies of rotorcraft design

The intricacies of rotorcraft design
The intricacies of rotorcraft design
In the autumn of 1986 a helicopter sped across the Somerset Levels achieving a world speed record for its class. This was the culmination of years of research, development and practical application and which resulted in a revolutionary rotor blade design. This enabled a Westland Lynx to overcome the aerodynamic limitations which plague the helicopter main rotor. To emphasise this, the speed achieved was 216 knots which was 63 years after a fixed wing aircraft achieved the same speed. So what is the problem – why should the helicopter have such a problem in achieving high speed flight?
helicopter, design
1751-0724
9-16
Newman, Simon
802c97ed-ea28-477f-8b1e-8e4f873c4281
Newman, Simon
802c97ed-ea28-477f-8b1e-8e4f873c4281

Newman, Simon (2009) The intricacies of rotorcraft design. IBScientific Journal of Science, 4 (1), 9-16.

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Abstract

In the autumn of 1986 a helicopter sped across the Somerset Levels achieving a world speed record for its class. This was the culmination of years of research, development and practical application and which resulted in a revolutionary rotor blade design. This enabled a Westland Lynx to overcome the aerodynamic limitations which plague the helicopter main rotor. To emphasise this, the speed achieved was 216 knots which was 63 years after a fixed wing aircraft achieved the same speed. So what is the problem – why should the helicopter have such a problem in achieving high speed flight?

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Submitted date: January 2009
Published date: April 2009
Additional Information: The paper is a discussion of the various helicopter types and their uses. The reason for the varitey is discussed with their relative advantages and disadvantages.
Keywords: helicopter, design
Organisations: Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics

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Local EPrints ID: 66485
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66485
ISSN: 1751-0724
PURE UUID: 79837bfa-4e0c-4025-a823-3cba5869673e

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Date deposited: 23 Jun 2009
Last modified: 11 Sep 2020 16:33

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