Simulation and experimental testing of Leonardo da Vinci's helical rotor

G. E. Dorrington, Hideaki Ogawa, J. McCarthy, R. Carrese

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Abstract

Preliminary thrust tests carried-out on a 0.5 metre diameter, helical rotor based on a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci are presented, along with the results of computational flow simulation. Some of the key geometric variables that define the helical rotor and their influence on the maximum achievable thrust level are also discussed. It is concluded that with sufficient input power, da Vinci's helical rotorcraft could achieve hovering flight; however, the technical challenges involved in a developing a free-flight hovering demonstrator would be formidable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014
PublisherAustralasian Fluid Mechanics Society
ISBN (Electronic)9780646596952
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Dec 8 2014Dec 11 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014

Conference

Conference19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period12/8/1412/11/14

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Rotors
Free flight
Flow simulation
Testing

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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Dorrington, G. E., Ogawa, H., McCarthy, J., & Carrese, R. (2014). Simulation and experimental testing of Leonardo da Vinci's helical rotor. In Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014 (Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014). Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.

Simulation and experimental testing of Leonardo da Vinci's helical rotor. / Dorrington, G. E.; Ogawa, Hideaki; McCarthy, J.; Carrese, R.

Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, 2014. (Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Dorrington, GE, Ogawa, H, McCarthy, J & Carrese, R 2014, Simulation and experimental testing of Leonardo da Vinci's helical rotor. in Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014. Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014, Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014, Melbourne, Australia, 12/8/14.
Dorrington GE, Ogawa H, McCarthy J, Carrese R. Simulation and experimental testing of Leonardo da Vinci's helical rotor. In Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. 2014. (Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014).
Dorrington, G. E. ; Ogawa, Hideaki ; McCarthy, J. ; Carrese, R. / Simulation and experimental testing of Leonardo da Vinci's helical rotor. Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014. Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, 2014. (Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2014).
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