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Aerodynamic performance of different airfoils for a future Mars Helicopter

Lorenzo Bruni

Aerodynamic performance of different airfoils for a future Mars Helicopter.

Rel. Gaetano Iuso. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale, 2020

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Evaluation of aerodynamic performance of rotors for future Mars helicopters. Aerodynamic evaluation of multiple blade profiles for a future Mars helicopter is presented using vacuum chamber experiments. A small-scale Mars helicopter prototype, that was chosen to explore deep craters present on the red planet surface, was fastened to a specifically designed test structure and the generated thrust was then measured for different airfoils, rotor speeds and angles of attack. Afterwards, thrust coefficients were extrapolated from these measurements and compared with one another leading to interesting results such as performance improvement with decreasing thickness and increasing camber, good performance of triangular airfoils and E178 airfoil improving performance with decreasing Reynolds.

Relators: Gaetano Iuso
Academic year: 2019/20
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 41
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-20 - AEROSPATIAL AND ASTRONAUTIC ENGINEERING
Ente in cotutela: Istitute of Space and Astronautical Science (JAXA laboratory) of Tokyo. (GIAPPONE)
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/15169
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