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Cheeseman Best Paper: Are eVTOL Aircraft Inherently More Susceptible to the Vortex Ring State than Conventional Helicopters?

Richard Brown, Sophrodyne Aerospace

https://doi.org/10.4050/F-0079-2023-18068

Abstract:
There is currently extensive interest worldwide in developing small, lightweight, electrically-powered, multi-rotor vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The aim is to use these new vehicles to carry a small number of passengers on short-range intra-urban missions, for instance as part of a passenger ferry service between an airport and a downtown commuter hub. The concern is that these aircraft might have certain characteristic design features that, in combination with the environmental conditions that they will experience, will render them particularly susceptible to a potentially hazardous operating regime, known as the Vortex Ring State, especially during their descent and landing. This paper extends our classical understanding of the basic physics that underpins the Vortex Ring State in order to assess the likely impact of this phenomenon on the safety and operational characteristics of this new class of vehicle.


Cheeseman Best Paper: Are eVTOL Aircraft Inherently More Susceptible to the Vortex Ring State than Conventional Helicopters?

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  • SKU # : F-0079-2023-18068
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Cheeseman Best Paper: Are eVTOL Aircraft Inherently More Susceptible to the Vortex Ring State than Conventional Helicopters?

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Richard Brown, Sophrodyne Aerospace