Conceptual Design and Mission Analysis for a Geared Turbofan and an Open Rotor Configuration
Paper in proceedings, 2011
In this multidisciplinary study a geared open rotor configuration is assessed and compared to an ultra high bypass ratio geared turbofan engine. Both designs assume a 2020 entry into service level of technology. The specific thrust level for minimizing block fuel and the resulting engine emissions for a given mission is sought. The tool used contains models that effectively capture: engine performance, mechanical and aerodynamic design, engine weight, emissions, aircraft design and performance as well as direct operating costs.
The choice of specific thrust is a complex optimization problem and several disciplines need to be considered simultaneously. It will be demonstrated, through multidisciplinary analysis, that the open rotor concept can offer a substantial fuel saving potential, compared to ducted fans, for a given set of design considerations and customer requirements.