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General Aviation Aircraft Design by Snorri Gudmundsson

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Chapter 14

The Anatomy of the Propeller

Abstract

A number of topics that involve the selection and performance of propellers are presented in the chapter. These range from fundamentals of propeller installation and regulatory aspects, to design and thrust generation. A section is dedicated to discussing a number of peculiar effects the propeller has on the aircraft and the aircraft designer must be aware of. Generally referred to as the P-factor, these effects include gyroscopic precession, normal and yaw force, angular momentum, as well as asymmetric thrust effects for multi-engine aircraft and A·q loads for turboprops. This is followed by a number of tips to help the designer select the right propeller, ranging from initial estimation of suitable ...

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