FURI | Spring 2019

Optimization of Propeller Characteristics for Applications in Wind Tunnel Testing

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The purpose of this research is to optimize propeller characteristics for specific desired outputs. However, simulating dynamic properties of propellers is difficult to create in a controlled environment. This research focuses on developing a method for testing propellers in a wind tunnel where, due to limitations of wind tunnels at universities, the propeller’s diameter is large relative to the tunnel’s diameter. This research seeks to cancel the noise in data and correct measurements taken by pitot tubes and force sensors. Developing this method will allow for continuation of student research into optimization of propeller characteristics and properties for desired outputs.

Student researcher

Jack Barker

Jack Evan Barker

Aerospace engineering

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021