FEASIBILITY STUDY OF A HYBRID AIRSHIP OPERATING IN GROUND EFFECT

A hybrid airship is developed in the context of an all-cargo aircraft operating in ground effect for increased performance. The concept is proposed for the transportation of containerized freight on the transatlantic route from New York to London. A performance and economic algorithm has been developed to compare the hybrid and conventional airship designs. A parametric study has been performed that covered vehicle gross weights from 250 to 4000 tons. The metric used for comparing the two designs was the potential profit for a year's operation. Results of the study show that the hybrid has a higher annual profit up to a gross weight of about 1500 tons. A 1000-ton hybrid, offering a 43% higher annual profit over the conventional airship, is selected as a feasible design point for future development.

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    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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    New York, NY  United States  10019
  • Authors:
    • Calkins, D E
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 809-815
  • Serial:
    • Journal of Aircraft
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • ISSN: 0021-8669

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM