All you need to know about turboprop aircraft.
Passengers fasten your seat, for we are about to take off in our very own turboprop aircraft. This type of aircraft has a turbine that turns the propeller of the aircraft. The air in this type of aircraft enters right through the intake and is compressed by the compressor. Fuel is then added to this part in the compressor which combines the fuel-air mixture and combusts. The generated power comes out through the exhaust but most of the power generated by the engine is used to drive the propeller. Learn more about the basics of aerodynamics here.
The science behind turboprop aircraft
The propeller in a turboprop aircraft is coupled with a reduction gear. This gear acts as a converter to convert low torque to high torque. They have the same counterparts as with larger aircraft but the propeller control equipment for this type stays different. Like any other aircraft, turboprops work on the basic forces of aerodynamics.
Three basic forces frame the 3 pillars of aerodynamics namely thrust, drag, and lift. To frame it in simple words, thrust accelerates the airplane forward, and drag kind of holds it back. While lift supports the aircraft to stay airborne. To know more, read the basic forces of aerodynamics ( drag in aerodynamics, thrust in aerodynamics, thrust in aerodynamics).
Underlying history of turboprop aircraft
The first paper dealing with compressed engines was punished in 1926 that used all the gas produced by the engine to empower thrust( read: thrust in aerodynamics). The first aircraft of this type used a combination of turbojets and turboprop power.
Flying into the sectors
The advantage of turboprops is that they have high efficiency and low exhaust. In today’s time, the turboprops fly at the same speed as regional jets. The propeller aircraft is found to have a lower ceiling.
The longer range and capabilities to move faster and quieter are the advantages of turboprops. While the disadvantages include the fact that it is less efficient for short distances and requires longer runways. Hope you enjoyed this turboprop ride! To enjoy more rides with us, board our flights with blogs on aviation and more. Bye crewmate!