A discussion of the design of highly swept propeller blades

Richard T. Whitcomb
May, 1950

A description of the two swept propellers investigated in the Langley 8-foot high-speed tunnel is presented, together with the discussions of the numerous assumptions and analyses on which the designs of these propellers are based. The blades are swept considerably along the entire blade radius and, in order to allow for reductions in the maximum stresses, are swept forward inboard and backward outboard. The blades have been designed on the basis of the blade-element method primarily to have subcritical efficiencies at the highest possible forward speed. The designs have been controlled primarily by the stresses in the blades.

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