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Optimal coaxial spacing between rotors

Optimal coaxial spacing between rotors

Optimal coaxial spacing between rotors

I need a simple method of determining the optimal vertical spacing between the upper and lower rotors of a fixed pitch coaxial system. What is the most efficient angle of pitch (incidence?) for fixed blades?

RE: Optimal coaxial spacing between rotors


The greater the vertical gap, within reason, the greater the efficiency.  The greater the pitch, within reason, the greater the efficiency.

A couple of homebuilt coaxials have fixed pitch, but IMHO, the rotor gap is going to be 'zero' a few seconds after a loss of power.

One small improvement over fixed pitch is to have a very simple 2-position pitch. Engine torque puts the setting at the upper limit [+/- 9-degrees] and lack of torque (autorotation) puts the pitch at its lower limit [+/- 1-degree].

For a slightly more sophisticated rotor RPM thrust control, you might consider. http://www.unicopter.com/0575.html

Dave Jackson

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