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Hovering thrust calulation

  1. Dec 5, 2012 #1
    Basically I am doing work that requires me to calculate power for given thrust of a fan which is hovering.

    Variables known:
    diameter of fan: 0.8m, thrust output of fan: 250kg, rho=1.1455 kg/m^3 which is the density of air at 35Celcius , and eta which is the fan efficiency = 0.8

    I tried this equation I found on wikipedia:

    P^2 = (T^3) / ( (eta^2)(rho)A)

    using this equation I got 7322w of power to attain a thrust of 250kg...This seems a little off. What is wrong here? does anyone know if this is even the correct value or even correct equation? thank you and appreciate it!
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  4. Dec 5, 2012 #3
    True but in this equation the eta^2 is replaced with a 4. This would then further decrease the power estimated from this relation. Anybody else know anything for hovering thrust?
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  6. Dec 5, 2012 #5


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    Did you forget that thrust is in Newtons, not "kilograms"?
  7. Dec 5, 2012 #6
    I think that might just solve my problem lolz
  8. Dec 5, 2012 #7


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    At least it will give you a bigger number. 7kW is obviously way too small for a quarter-tonne chopper with a teeny little 0.8m dia rotor :biggrin:
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