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Making an RC Magnus effect plane
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:00:48 pm »
Making an RC Magnus effect plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6geOms33Dk
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Re: Making an RC Magnus effect plane
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 12:15:13 am »
Thanks Weaver,   nice to see they got it working, but I think it may be a bit of a learning curve to get ti flying well  <_<
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Re: Making an RC Magnus effect plane
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 01:34:48 am »
Very clever.  :thumbsup:

I recall there was a full sized ship that used the Magnus effect to propel itself like that way back in Victorian times. I suspect a lot easier to do that with a ship only in 2 dimensions than with an aircraft working in 3!

Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings

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Re: Making an RC Magnus effect plane
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 03:04:15 am »
Very clever.  :thumbsup:

I recall there was a full sized ship that used the Magnus effect to propel itself like that way back in Victorian times. I suspect a lot easier to do that with a ship only in 2 dimensions than with an aircraft working in 3!

Not Victorian, 1920s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotor_ship

Flettner moved on to an aircraft design too:



What immediately struck me were the aircraft control issues. Realistically, the only control you can exert over the 'wings' is to vary their speed, but with a large spinning mass in a full-size aircraft, inertia means that they won't change speeds quickly, and there's also the gyroscopic effects to consider.

This four-rotor design seems to me to have more practical potential for a variety of reasons:


https://9gag.com/gag/a8j8dM6/a-magnus-effect-powered-aircraft-sadly-it-s-only-ever-been-demonstrated-at-the-rc-scale

It's generated plenty of fanciful artwork over the years though  :rolleyes: :mellow::


https://robokidsvan.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/icar.jpg?w=660[/img]

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Re: Making an RC Magnus effect plane
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 09:54:26 pm »
Don't forget Ferguson's Magnus Sphere airship:


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