Conception and optimization of human-powered aircraft

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Title translated into German:Konzeption und Optimierung der von Menschen angetriebenen Flugzeuge
Author:Schoeberl, Ernst
Editor:Wilson, David Gordon; Abbott, Allan V.
Published in:Human-powered vehicles
Published:Champaign: Human Kinetics (Verlag), 1995, 1995. S. 247-254, Lit., Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Compilation article
Media type: Print resource
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Identification number:PU199910402258

Author's abstract

The progress made in fiber-reinforced composities and the resulting advanced aerodynamic design (especially in laminar-flow airflows) over the past 20 years has made it possible to build sophisticated human-powered airplanes with half the weight of earlier human-powered aircraft (HPA). The optimum configuration seems to be a conventional high-wing monoplane with a faired hanging cockpit and an all-moving rudder. At a flying speed of about 8.5 m/s this configuration would have a wing span of about 25 m and a power requirement of slightly below 200W (near the ground). This chapter provides guidance to designers of HPA by considering the design of a future HPA which we will call the Cyclair. Verf.-Referat