Actuator Disc Momentum Theory, with Inverse

Actuator Disc Momentum Theory with Inverse Formulation
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Actuator Disc Momentum Theory with Inverse Formulation

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This repository contains some implementations of classic momentum theory. The primary purpose is to encode the equations for the inverse form that is able to, without solving iteratively, calculate thrust as a function of induced power (classic momentum theory is only able to find induced power as a function of thrust).

Formulation

These equations only have good visibility in light theme.

Momentum theory relates induced power, , to thrust, , freestream velocity, , fluid density, , and disc area, , as follows:

Classic

,

where

.

Inverse

,

where

,

,

, and

.

Repository summary

Because it may be difficult to encode the inverse form without typographical errors, it is implemented here for convenience in three formats:

  • Python: actuator_disc.py module
  • Matlab: +actuator_disc package
  • Excel and VBA: actuator_disc.xlsx

Each format contains four elements:

  • Thrust as a function of power
  • Power as a function of thrust
  • Induced velocity calculation
  • A demo / test

Refer to the Matlab functions for the most features and per-element documentation: >> help actuator_disc

To run

To run the demo / test:

  • Python: $ python actuator_disc.py
  • Matlab: >> actuator_disc.demo
  • Excel / VBA: open workbook

Cite as

Sky Sartorius (2019). Actuator Disc Momentum Theory with Inverse Formulation (https://github.com/sky-s/actuator-disc), GitHub. Retrieved MMM DD, YYYY.

Copyright (c) 2013-2019, Sky Sartorius

Cite As

Sky Sartorius (2024). Actuator Disc Momentum Theory, with Inverse (https://github.com/sky-s/actuator-disc), GitHub. Retrieved .

Sky Sartorius (2019). Actuator Disc Momentum Theory with Inverse Formulation (https://github.com/sky-s/actuator-disc), GitHub. Retrieved MMM DD, YYYY.

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Created with R2019a
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