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Sep 03, 2006, 03:34 PM

SR-71 Dual Turbines Axisymmetric Thrust

Would like to build a dual turbine SR-71 model. However I'm concerned about
axisymmetric thrust (off center) with the motors seperated so far at the aft end of the model. Wondering if anyone had suggestions has how to tune and synchronize (ECU) the two turbines, fuel system set-ups. Can one ECU handle both turbines, any manufacture better than others for this kind of set-up. How to handle control if one turbine stops running in flight.

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Sep 04, 2006, 09:13 AM
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I think jetcat ecu can can control twin turbines..
Sep 04, 2006, 10:50 AM
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Some guys with twin turbines send both engines, ECU's, and pumps in for service to have the engines matched to each other. I suggest that you contact your manufacturer's service center to discuss.

Sep 04, 2006, 07:42 PM
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One ecu cannot control two turbines. All parameters are different for each individual engine. Not like just a throttle control on glow engines. You can build or buy a kit with a single center line thrust turbine hidden in the fuselage or mounted beneath. However, if you really want twin engines then you should not have a problem as long as you use two of the same type turbines. It also is very rare to have an engine fail unless you have a problem with your installation. I have only had one flameout, and that was on a first flight of an F-16 when I had an air bubble in the fuel line. Hope that helps. Bob Oh, the full scale SR-71 flys fairly well on one engine. I have observed that up close and personel.
Oct 31, 2006, 11:00 PM
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I agree with B58 the fuel pump would not be able to supply two engines and if it could with one out the fuel would continue to flow to the dead engine. I think the reciever gets a Y harness to the seperate ECU's.
The airliner guys swear by gyros on rudder for that senario and on ailerons for turbulance. Getting a matched pair sounds like good advise but you should be able to program their ramp and top RPM the same and get it right out of the box.
I have a twin turbine project started and I'm just learing about this too.
Nov 03, 2006, 01:58 AM
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I think given all of the challenges and problems associated with a twin turbine SR-71, asymetric thrust is WAY down the list. and I mean WAY down the list. Give me a break

Nov 04, 2006, 03:09 PM
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Twin turbine 30% Hunter.

We use twin Merlin 160 turbines in this 33% Hunter. 2 totally independant systems, the Fadec ecus are pretty good at keeping both engines in syncro. Video of test flight here
30% Hunter test flight (6 min 29 sec)

I would think that you could match both engines pretty close on the bench but as with fullsize there will still be small differences.

Aug 10, 2009, 11:32 PM
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German SR-71

I saw a video clip of an SR-71 being flown by man who sounded German. Does anyone have any information about that plane? A friend and I are try to figure out if it had two engines or on in the middle.
Aug 12, 2009, 07:11 AM
Registered User ,you should contact this guy , he has an incredible sr-71 on the way ,he has bulidng it for several years , you can get the contact in the link
Aug 12, 2009, 07:38 AM
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The German SR-71 you most likely reference has a single turbine on the aircraft centerline, exhausting below the stinger at the tail.
Aug 24, 2009, 02:27 AM
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contact sunset models ... he is the SR 71 guy he would know out of anyone
I believe he is finishing up an 18ft model of the black bird... i have a set of plans for the 9 ft scratch build version i would be more than happy to run off some copies ... i would have to charge what ever the copies cost of course
Aug 24, 2009, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Charged ,you should contact this guy , he has an incredible sr-71 on the way ,he has bulidng it for several years , you can get the contact in the link

It has two turbines , he has molds of the whole fuselage and everyhting
Sep 02, 2009, 06:41 PM
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