PROP-FAN PROPULSION -- ITS STATUS AND POTENTIAL

Studies have established that advanced turboprop (prop-fan) equipped aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by 15 to 30 percent compared to aircraft equipped with high-bypass turbofan engines of equivalent technology. A reduction in direct operating costs of approximately 10 percent has been identified for commercial aircraft as well as approximately a 20 percent lower gross weight airplane for long endurance military missions. The prop-fan propulsion system is being investigated as part of the NASA Aircraft Energy Efficiency program which includes both analytical studies and experimental tests. The experimental work encompasses performance and acoustic wind tunnel tests on several prop-fan models. The prop-fan technology status is reviewed in the major areas of performance, installed effects, cabin noise, blade structure and maintenance cost. Also, future activities required to complete the technical validation of prop-fans are described.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for SAE Meeting held Nov 27-30, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Dugan Jr, J F
    • Gatzen, B S
    • Adamson, W M
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00197090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 780995
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM