Did you see the NASA Image of the Day!? NASA is preparing to explore electric-powered flight with the #X -57 Maxwell, a unique #all -electric #aircraft which features 14 propellers along its wing. Those very small, yet highly efficient #motors will produce a tremendous amount of #power , but with power comes heat, and too much heat can cause issues for an aircraft. Adding a cooling system to the X-57’s sleek design would add bulk and require design changes that could negatively impact the aircraft’s #performance .
To deal with the heat problem, #engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center (@nasaglenn) devised a custom-designed “skin,” or nacelle, around the aircraft’s motor electronics to significantly cool them without changing the aircraft’s shape or design. This new cooling nacelle design – the aluminum section seen behind the nose cone in the image – was proven during a recent wind tunnel test where engineers subjected one of the X-57’s motors to various simulated flight conditions.
With testing now complete, the design information will be sent to engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (@nasaarmstrong) where they continue to work toward the X-57’s first flight.
Image Credit: NASA/ Rami Daud
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