Aero Theme Dinner: Aerodynamics of the Electric Aircraft and its Rotors
This presentation on practical and classical aerodynamics covers a range of little-known but fundamental data and methods key to the aerodynamic design of airfoils, wings, and rotors. Both vortex-integration and blade-element methods are reviewed, validated by data, and applied to evaluate aircraft and rotor aero loads. The methods are then applied to design a notional high-speed electric aircraft with a unique swept-wing flight control using variable “winglet toe” and a ventral canard. The presentation concludes with a short video simulating the flight of this aircraft, which has been named Faraday First.