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Spinning Annular Wing Model

  1. Feb 25, 2014 #1
    So, I'm in college studying Aerospace Engineering and I'm going to enter a contest of airplane models. Summing it up, I would like to know if anyone can give any insight on if it is possible (at a reasonable price) to make a Spinning Annular Wing Model Plane (i don't really know if the name is right). Something along this lines: http://www.google.com/patents/US3065932 .
    Would it fly? Where would put the engine? And something like a landing gear?
    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Feb 25, 2014 #2


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    Annular wing aircraft have a history, especially in France, where full scale prototypes were built in the 1950s by SNECMA. See: http://falkeeinsgreatplanes.blogspot.com/2011/01/coleoptere-circular-wing-vertical-take.html

    Spinning annular wings is a bit different, more like a ducted fan. The design you reference does not seem to spin the wings, as the engines seem built into the duct and spinning the duct does not help produce lift.
    You might also google the Channelwing for a high lift partly annular design.
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