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Old Mar 11, 2015, 05:09 AM
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Aliptera - the lip wing

I recently stumbled upon this website --> http://aliptera.com/idea.html

Seems like an interesting idea. Adding the shroud and the lip seems to almost double the lift --> http://aliptera.com/exp.html

What are your thoughts on the concept?
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 05:24 AM
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Looks reasonable. More interesting is that it looks like a sensible approach to the problem of making a variable geometry bellmouth intake, for example by splitting this in three or four flaps completely surrounding the prop shroud.
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The idea might have merrit, but it is just an idea at this point. There are a million technical details and engineering problems to be solved, and then it may or may not offer any advantages over more conventional designs. At least it is not the typical crackpot scam. It has potential.
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There have been many attempts to build "Channel Wings" over the years. They can be made to fly of course. The more difficult question is whether they offer any advantages over more traditional designs. Of course, this idea is not just a channel wing, but the similarities are striking.

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Where does anti-torque come from in this design? I don't see it.
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Where does anti-torque come from in this design? I don't see it.
Presumably you would need 2 of them, one on each side, and turning in opposite directions. There is also no reason it could not use counter rotating props in the duct.
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