1981-04-01

An Overview of General Aviation Propulsion Research Programs at NASA-Lewis Research Center 810624

This paper presents a brief overview and technical highlights of general aviation (g/a) propulsion research efforts and studies which have been underway at NASA's Lewis Research Center (LeRC) for the past several years. The review covers near-term improvements for current-type piston engines, as well as studies and limited corroborative research on several advanced g/a engine concepts, including diesels, small turboprops and both piston and rotary stratified-charge engines. Also described is basic combustion research, cycle modeling and diagnostic instrumentation work that will be required to make the new engines a reality. The discussion emphasizes the most recently-completed studies and the basic underlying research work, which have not been reported previously.

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