Special Issue "Aeroengine"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kyros Yakinthos

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Interests: computational fluid dynamics; turbulence modeling; transitional boundary layers; active flow control on wings; waste heat management technologies for aeroengines; innovative aeroengine thermodynamic cycles; UAV design and development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “Aeroengine” aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art and the main challenges in the field of aeroengines technology. This Special Issue will include original and review research manuscripts associated with the main innovation and technological advancements in science and technology targeting (but not limited) the efficient operation and optimization of aeroengines, with the use of numerical/computational analysis and/or experimental methods.

Particular emphasis will be provided on original manuscripts targeting the achievement of ACARE (Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe) year 2050 targets regarding fuel consumption and pollutant emissions reduction and the fulfillment of the SRIA (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda) key challenges towards the design of efficient, safe and environmentally friendly aeroengines. Last but not least, the Special Issue “Aeroengine” strongly encourages the submission of original manuscripts addressing other challenging topics such as the ones related with hypersonic propulsion concepts and configurations for future aeroengine applications.

The context of the Special Issue welcomes full research articles and review manuscripts that will make considerable contribution in the following topics:

  • Innovative cycles and engine core concepts
  • Aeroengine noise
  • Intake aerodynamics
  • Cooling technologies
  • Turbine and compressor blade aerodynamics
  • Measurement techniques and test rigs for aeroengines
  • Combustor chambers design and technologies for aeroengines
  • Specific fuel consumption reduction technologies      
  • Waste heat exploitation and management
  • Aeroengine performance
  • On board diagnostics and control
  • Hypersonic propulsion
  • Aeroengines for UAV applications
  • Aeroengine materials and structures
  • Aeroengine components design and optimization
  • Alternative fuels for aeroengines
  • Aeroengine integration to future aircraft concepts

Prof. Dr. Kyros Yakinthos
Guest Editor

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Open AccessArticle Conceptual Advanced Transport Aircraft Design Configuration for Sustained Hypersonic Flight
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 22 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
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The conceptual aircraft design and its integration with a combined cycle engine for hypersonic cruise at Mach 8 is documented in this paper. The paper describes the process taken to develop a hypersonic aircraft from a conceptual approach. The discussion also includes the
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The conceptual aircraft design and its integration with a combined cycle engine for hypersonic cruise at Mach 8 is documented in this paper. The paper describes the process taken to develop a hypersonic aircraft from a conceptual approach. The discussion also includes the design and CFD analysis of the integrated combined cycle engine. A final conceptual hypersonic transport aircraft with an integrated combined cycle engine was achieved through this study. According to the analysis carried out, the aircraft is able to take-off and land at the airports it is intended to be used and will be able to generate enough thrust to sustain hypersonic cruise at an altitude of 30 km. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Outer Ring Cooling Concept in a Hybrid and in an All-Steel Ball Bearing Used in Aero-Engines by the Introduction of a Helical Duct
Received: 27 November 2017 / Revised: 14 February 2018 / Accepted: 18 February 2018 / Published: 28 February 2018
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Rolling element bearings for aero engine applications have to withstand very challenging operating conditions because of the high thermal impact due to elevated rotational speeds and loads. The high rate of heat generation in the bearing has to be sustained by the materials,
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Rolling element bearings for aero engine applications have to withstand very challenging operating conditions because of the high thermal impact due to elevated rotational speeds and loads. The high rate of heat generation in the bearing has to be sustained by the materials, and in the absence of lubrication these will fail within seconds. For this reason, aero engine bearings have to be lubricated and cooled by a continuous oil stream. When the oil has reached the outer ring it has already been heated up, thus its capability to remove extra heat from the outer ring is considerably reduced. Increasing the mass flow of oil to the bearing is not a solution since excess oil quantity would cause high parasitic losses (churning) in the bearing chamber and also increase the demands in the oil system for oil storage, scavenging, cooling, hardware weight, etc. A method has been developed for actively cooling the outer ring of the bearing. The idea behind the outer ring cooling concept was adopted from fins that are used for cooling electronic devices. A spiral groove engraved in the outer ring material of the bearing would function as a fin body with oil instead of air as the cooling medium. The method was first evaluated in an all steel ball bearing and the results were a 50% reduction in the lubricating oil flow with an additional reduction in heat generation by more than 25%. It was then applied on a Hybrid ball bearing of the same size and the former results were reconfirmed. Hybrid bearings are a combination of steel made parts, like the outer ring, the inner ring, and the cage and of ceramic rolling elements. This paper describes the work done to-date as a follow up of the work described in, and demonstrates the potential of the outer ring cooling for a bearing. Friction loss coefficient, Nusselt number, and efficiency correlations have been developed on the basis of the test results and have been compared to correlations from other authors. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis with ANSYS CFX has been used to verify test results and also for parametric studies. Full article
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Open AccessReview Hybrid Propulsion Systems for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
Received: 31 December 2017 / Revised: 19 March 2018 / Accepted: 20 March 2018 / Published: 29 March 2018
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The development of more efficient propulsion systems for aerospace vehicles is essential to achieve key objectives. These objectives are to increase efficiency while reducing the amount of carbon-based emissions. Hybrid electric propulsion (HEP) is an ideal means to maintain the energy density of
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The development of more efficient propulsion systems for aerospace vehicles is essential to achieve key objectives. These objectives are to increase efficiency while reducing the amount of carbon-based emissions. Hybrid electric propulsion (HEP) is an ideal means to maintain the energy density of hydrocarbon-based fuels and utilize energy-efficient electric machines. A system that integrates different propulsion systems into a single system, with one being electric, is termed an HEP system. HEP systems have been studied previously and introduced into Land, Water, and Aerial Vehicles. This work presents research into the use of HEP systems in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The systems discussed in this paper are Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)–Electric Hybrid systems, ICE–Photovoltaic (PV) Hybrid systems, and Fuel-Cell Hybrid systems. The improved performance characteristics in terms of fuel consumption and endurance are discussed. Full article
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