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Preliminary Design of Transport Helicopters

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Based on the design methodology developed by the Mil Design Bureau, the basic characteristics of transport helicopters such as take‐off weight, rotor geometry, and payload‐range relationships are determined for payloads of 4, 10, 20 and 50 metric tons. The concept of vehicle energy efficiency (specific range per unit weight of fuel consumed) is introduced to enable comparison of different vehicles. The method is validated by comparing the predictions against the known characteristics of existing helicopters.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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