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Old 10-19-2005, 10:41 AM
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I was wondering what size turbine, thrust output, would be needed to fly a 20 lb airplane. Also, how heavy of a plane will a 13lb thrust turbine fly? Thank you for all your help.
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Default RE: Need Help for Senior Design Project.

The PST J600R will fly the 20# plane just fine. A 13# turbine might be a bit marginal.
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It all depends on the aeroplane. A small amount of thrust can fly a large and heavy glider, but would not fly an F-104 of similar weight. So there is no equation that says 13lbs of thrust can fly a plane of X weight. The amount of thrust required to maintain level flight at a particular speed is weight divided by the lift/drag ratio. So a glider of weight 30pounds with a l/d ratio of 30:1 at 20knots needs 1pound of thrust to maintain level flight at 20 knots. But an F-104 weighing 30pounds with an l/d ratio of 3:1 at 80knots needs 10lbs of thrust to maintain level flight at 80knots. Both weigh the same but have totally different thrust requirements for level flight.

I have a Sabre that weighs just over 22 pounds at take off, powered by a J600 of 12lbs thrust but possibly losing a lot of thrust in the jet pipe, and it performs very well.
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Default RE: Need Help for Senior Design Project.

We are flying F9F Panther at takeoff weight of 26 lbs...that's 1:2 thrust to weight ratio. I would go with 1:1.5 ratio for sleeker jets like F-18 and F-20. We need to know which airframe you plan to put the J600R into.

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