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(41) Helicopter Design preliminary (Rogers, CAPTAIN USAR)
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(41) Helicopter Design preliminary (Rogers, CAPTAIN USAR)
An extract from Computer Program for Preliminary Helicopter Design, Naval Postgraduate School, Master's Thesis, September 1983, 125 pgs.

This report gives the operator of the Hewlett-Packard (HP-41) handheld calculator the ability to quickly and accurately determine the power requirements of a helicopter in the preliminary design phase. These power requirements are computed for three landing gear configurations: skid, fixed wheel, and retractable wheel. By comparing the power required for each configuration, the user can determine the optimum landing gear for the design.

The initial goal of this project was to develop a series of programs for the handheld HP-41 computer which would enable the student to determine which landing gear configuration best complements his design. In the course of accomplishing this goal, it became apparent that numerous additional programs, written from the Helicopter Design Manual, would be required."

A final goal was to design the programs in such a way as to eliminate the necessity for the student or design engineer to refer to charts and graphs for the necessary input information. Thus, the programs are designed to be 'self-contained'."

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