1965-02-01

A Method for Comparing and Selecting Propulsion Systems for V/STOL Aircraft 650265

A systematic method for selecting the superior propulsion system for a V/STOL aircraft is presented. A relatively well-defined set of aircraft requirements and a preselected group of candidate propulsion systems form the basis for the application of the methodology. The design and performance characteristics of the aircraft and the propulsion system are fully integrated. The propulsion system that yields the lightest aircraft capable of satisfying the specified requirements is considered the superior system.
Although extensive technical data and the digital computer are required for a comprehensive application, the fundamental logic of the method provides a valuable tool for less sophisticated studies. The method can be effectively applied to the conventional aircraft as well as the V/STOL aircraft.

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