Extended design studies for a mechanically driven propulsive fuselage aircraft concept

Julian Bijewitz, Arne Seitz, Mirko Hornung

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Recent advances in the exploration of the Propulsive Fuselage Concept, a promising candidate for synergistic airframe-propulsion system integration targeting year 2035+ entry-into-service are discussed in this paper. As an initial approach towards the characterization of this boundary layer ingesting aircraft concept, a configuration is investigated featuring a mechanically driven aft-fuselage installed gas turbine propulsion system in conjunction with two underwing-podded Geared Turbofans. After presenting basic technical features of the concept, the methodological approach used for the assessment of the highly integrated propulsion system is discussed. Subsequently, a comparative design study of the fuselage fan power plant and the wing-installed turbofans is presented, which is followed by aircraft-integrated analyses suitable for discussing the system and aircraft level implications attained from the variation of key design parameters associated with this concept. To round off, two design points are selected and the respective characteristics compared and contrasted to those of an equally advanced, twin-engine reference aircraft.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105241
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: 8 Jan 201812 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018


ConferenceAIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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