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04-22-2009 10:49 PM  10 years ago
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SuperSixTwo

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Off the wall question: tail rotor?
Is a tail rotor called a tail rotor because it has to be at the back? Would one, hanging from the side, counter-act engine torque just as well?
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04-22-2009 11:00 PM  10 years ago
JetFire

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It wouldn't be aerodynamicaly correct.
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04-22-2009 11:01 PM  10 years ago
TaleGunner

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did you ever study leverage in school?CRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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04-22-2009 11:01 PM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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If it was on the side of the fuse it wouldn't work nearly as well. The further it is from the center the more leverage it has to counter the torque. At least that's what makes sense intuitively to me.
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04-22-2009 11:09 PM  10 years ago
eric

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yes a tail rotor would work if it where in front or on the side. But in foreward flight the tail rotor would naturally want to position itself to the rear of the heli.
fly your heli in fast foreward flight with the gyro in normal mode and see how the tail naturally hangs to the rear and the tail will follow during a turn with little or no rudder input needed.

its just phisics yo
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04-22-2009 11:23 PM  10 years ago
UH-1N

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Just fly your heli backwards... tada... the tail rotor is in the front!

Fly your Heli sideways... tadaaa... the tail rotor is on the side!

Of course flying the heli forward results in the best aerodynamics.

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04-23-2009 12:25 AM  10 years ago
oldfart

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Actually, I guess one could call it a side rotor when one is flying sideways or a front rotor when one is flying backwards.
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04-23-2009 12:31 AM  10 years ago
SuperSixTwo

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I ask....because of the patent applied for by Eurocopter for it's version of the "compound helicopter." It is supposed to compete with the X22, for the fastest helicopter. It uses wings, with props for forward flight and i would think, torque compensation while in hover mode.

Interesting concept, and caught my eye for cool ness.
If i had a scanner i would putin the pic of what it is supposed to look like. Picture twin engine big plane with rotor on top. and a very funkey flat top T tail.
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04-23-2009 01:18 AM  10 years ago
RobMcQuillen

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Kind of like the v-22?
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04-23-2009 01:38 AM  10 years ago
JAGNZ

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I ask....because of the patent applied for by Eurocopter for it's version of the "compound helicopter." It is supposed to compete with the X22, for the fastest helicopter. It uses wings, with props for forward flight and i would think, torque compensation while in hover mode.
It won't need a tail rotor then since its main rotors will be counter-rotating thus not creating the torque effect of a single rotor system. That's why V-22's don't need a tail rotor, or Chinook's etc.

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