Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Chair and Committee
David A Peter
Finite-state induced-inflow theory is used to develop an analytic formulation for general performance of the lifting rotor with arbitrary loading. The theory incorporates conventional blade-element theory for blade lift and provides the integrated loads and the induced-power of the rotor in terms of an arbitrary number of rotor controls such as conventional collective and cyclic pitch as well as higher harmonic radial and azimuthal pitch. The theory provides the basis for a classical quadratic optimization with realistic constraints that is applied to determine minimum induced-power for a variety of available control combinations, rotor trim constraints, and operating conditions. The findings show significantly increased induced-power relative to ideal Glauert power at moderate and high advance ratios that also depends on the rotor moment trim constraints. Higher harmonic and radial blade twist significantly reduce the non-ideal induced-power increment. It appears that increasing the available controls enables the optimum solution to redistribute the rotor loading so as to minimize the induced-power.
File, Chad, "Optimization of Induced-Power from Dynamic Inflow Theory with Realistic Constraints" (2013). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). 1041.