Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology carried out the first flight-monoplane flight model, which uses the ionic phenomenon called the Biffeld-Brown effect. N + 1 is reported.
During the tests, the plane, with the help of ionic pushing, flew about 60 meters at a height of 47 centimeters from the floor. Launching of the aircraft was accomplished by using the catapult.
The phenomenon of ionic wind is characterized by the formation of a stream of ionized air between two distant electrodes, which supply a high voltage of tens of kilovolts.
Some researchers have proposed the advanced design of aircraft that would use the ionic phenomenon, but the projects were closed. It is believed that engines that use the Biffeld – Brown effect can not provide excellent traction.
In fact, several experimental planes, called lifters or monoliths, have been made. They represent the body of light in the form of a polygon, usually a triangle, which is an electrode in the form of copper wire and foil tape. Such devices can climb vertically but completely impossible to manage.
Model airplane made according to the scheme. Under the outer wings panels, the researchers discovered four horizontal pairs of electrodes that resulted in the phenomenon of ionic wind. According to scientists, the engine of this design offers three-stroke in Newton (about 306 grams). The power consumption of the power plant is 500 watts. The plane has a wing of five meters and a mass of 2.45 kg.
The aircraft received the battery Assembly of lithium-polymer batteries, able to carry between 160 and 225 volts.
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