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Bug #23312

Fairings Do Not Shield Prop Blades from Airstream

Added by Geschosskopf 14 days ago. Updated 9 days ago.

Status:
Confirmed
Priority:
Low
Assignee:
-
Category:
Parts
Target version:
-
Start date:
08/07/2019
% Done:

10%

Version:
Platform:
Windows
Expansion:
Breaking Ground
Language:
English (US)
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Description

Propellers (built from Prop Blades on rotors) blow in the airstream during launch even when enclosed in a fairing. As the rocket ultimately reaches 2000m/s or more in the atmosphere, the prop blades spin so fast the joints between blades and hubs stretch a lot, causing the blades to become visible twirling around outside the fairing. Then, when you deploy the fairing, its pieces hit the prop blades which are outside the fairing, causing their destruction.

WORKAROUND: Launch the rocket with the brakes locked so the blades don't spin.

Replication:

1. Built a small prop plane.
2. Put the plane on top of a rocket with the prop blades perpendicular to the airstream during launch, so they would windmill if there was no fairing.
3. Enclose the plane in a fairing.
4. Be sure the brakes are NOT on.
5. Launch the rocket for orbit. As the rocket reaches high sub-orbital speeds, you'll see the prop blades twirling around outside the fairing.
6. Once out of the atmosphere, deploy the fairing. Observe the the destruction of the prop blades.
7. Repeat the above only launch with the brakes locked. The blades don't move so do not penetrate the fairing and are not damaged when the fairing is deployed.

FairingProp.craft (44.2 KB) FairingProp.craft k-ohara5a5a@oco.net, 08/12/2019 06:16 AM

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#1 Updated by k-ohara5a5a@oco.net 9 days ago

Confirming, with an example attached, where the prop can propel the aircraft, despite being enclosed in a fairing.

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