Modeling propeller aircraft in heliciel
Tutorial design of a propeller plane (2/2) optimize

Following the tutorial propeller aircraft design (1/2)

knowing:
• The optimal speed of the engine: 8000 rpm (One that offers the most power consuming less energy, it is the motor's design rotational speed )
• The torque of our engine at this speed is 1,9 N.m
• the speed of our aircraft in cruise flight: 180 km/h
• the drag of our plane: 30 newtons
• the maximum length of our propeller blade: 140 mm

The parameters available to us to optimize our propeller are:

At the imposed rotational speed (8000 rpm) and 7 blades, we obtained (tutorial propeller aircraft design(1/2)) thrust a little low 22 N instead of 30 N necessary to compensate the drag:

To increase thrust without increasing the speed we could use what we have seen on the shape of the profiles, and increase the camber of our profile. Under the tab 2.2 "profile law" we see that the profile used for our blade is naca 1408

Click on "choose another profile" to display the database profiles, under the tab "database" grid profile data can be sorted by clicking the column header.The header cz_f_max indicates profiles lift coefficients at the best lift/drag ratio.Click ont this header to sort the grid according the best CL.

In this database choose the profile with better Cz (lift coefficient): The naca6412 . Note that the camber is more pronounced than the naca 1408

To apply this new profile to our propeller click "Default Profile (profil law)"

Restore the rotational speed of 8000 rpm, and then click "rebuild twist at the operating point": , the new performances of our propeller are displayed:

thrust (60 N) has actually increased due to the increase in lift, but torque also (3.7 Nm), while our engine can provide only 1.9 Nm
To reduce torque without changing the speed we could go back to the database and find a profile with a lower Cd (The drag coefficient is largely responsible for the torque) , the same way that we have done to look for a lift coefficient stronger. But we are in a tutorial, so we will choose to reduce the number of blade to explore other levers.
As the thrust is more important than what we need, take off a few blades, 7 is a bit much , and it will save money: Tab 3 "Optimize" we can change the number of blades:

The thrust is inow 45 N and torque 2.5Nm, the thrust and torque decreased but not enough to our goal of 30 N for 1.9 Nm,

so let's apply to 3 blades and rebuild: , résults:

Resistant torque of our propeller fell below 1.9Nm, but the thrust is only 28 N
A blade more? no, too expensive, and we understand how changing the number of blade varies our performance, so let's try an other lever:
Modify slightly the geometry of our blade: to increase thrust, we can increase slightly the surface of the blade by modifying the chords distribution:
• faite glisser le curseur "distribution cordes" jusqu'à afficher "Ajouter 0.0400x cordes el:2" :

This slider controls the equation, distribution of cords, he is sensitive, if youcan't find this equation, click " linearize " to restart from a linear cord, and repeat the operation:

cette nouvelle distribution de cordesi a pour effet de gonfler un peu la pale:

and rebuild:

The thrust is now 32 Newton with a couple of 1.7 Nm This propeller is adapted to our specifications.
We have seen here how to adapt our propeller to operating conditions imposed, but the propulsive efficiency of our propeller is 0.76. A profile can work on, perhaps, slightly increase the efficiency..

The levers are multiple, to optimize a propeller.There is no magic formula, because the specifications are as varied as the goals. HELICIEL combines the functions to test hypotheses optimization we want to follow, but the choice of compromise is infinite and yours.