Looks a bit strange, but Flying-V, this V-shaped aircraft has an impressive fuel economy, and possesses ergonomics and passenger carrying design. not inferior to current long-body civil aircraft.
Emissions from aircraft are an issue that is of interest to the whole world. But until we find a good fuel source to replace gasoline and oil, it will be difficult to reduce the emissions generated from air transport.
However, the Flying-V aircraft research project promises to help solve this problem in the near future. Flying-V aircraft research project is the investment result of Dutch national airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
The Flying-V project is the work of Justus Benad, who was an engineering student at Berlin University and developed by researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (TU Delft).
Unlike most traditional aircraft designs, Flying-V combines passenger cabin, fuel tank and cargo on both sides of the wings.
According to the disclosure, Flying-V uses 20% less fuel than the A350-900, while it can carry around 314 people, which is roughly the same as the 300-350 passengers. of Airbus A350.
With a 65-meter wingspan design, the aircraft is suitable for all existing airport and cargo infrastructure around the world.
Mr. Pieter Elbers, CEO and Chairman of KLM believes that the partnership with TU Delft will help increase the sustainability of the airline industry.
However a problem with this plane is the ability to spin and move in the sky. With conventional planes, one side of it will flip up and the other will descend to redirect the aircraft.
Not to mention, previously the passengers still sat along the fuselage and thus created balance and a sense of stability. But with the seat design on both sides of the airplane wing, the feeling of traveling may be more like a roller coaster than an airplane.
Roelof Vos, head of the Flying-V research project at TU Delft, said the innovation in aircraft design is necessary to bring high efficiency in transport operations and beyond that can serve delivery. develop electric powered aircraft.
Vos shared: "We cannot electrify the entire fleet because the aircraft gets electrified when it becomes too heavy and it is difficult to fly across the Atlantic using electricity alone. That technology cannot be implemented, even in the next 30 years, so we have to come up with new technologies to reduce fuel consumption in different ways. "
Currently the aviation industry is contributing about 2.5% of global CO2 emissions and the number will continue to increase if people do not do something more sustainable. It is estimated that by 2050, this number may reach 5%.
Whether the aircraft's fuel efficiency may increase depends largely on its aerodynamic design, especially the weight of the aircraft.
The team expects to continue to change the aircraft model in September. The simulation of the new cabin design will open to the public at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands in October.
It is expected that if the research is completed, the aircraft will be in commercial operation from 2040 to 2050. Therefore from now until then, the design and features of this aircraft project will change. pretty much.
Refer to CNN