Dae Kim, Hyun Glenn Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, Ohio.
- Multiple engines
- Gas-driven multiple fans
- Gear-driven multiple fans
- Electric-driven multiple fans
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The main objective of distributed propulsion is to achieve optimum vehicle benefits through integration of aerodynamic, propulsive, structural, and operational elements. The concept could be applied to various vehicle configurations, such as conventional “tube and wing,” hybrid-wing-body (HWB), and supersonic aircraft. However, to achieve maximum benefits, it will be necessary to design an aircraft with greater emphasis on propulsion–airframe integration. Among the concepts examined, the turboelectric distributed propulsion (TeDP) system potentially provides a significant enhancement in fuel burn, emissions, community noise reduction, and field length reduction.
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