Force on a Thrust Reverser

The redistribution of momentum in a turbine is subject to a thrust reverser mechanism in which the magnitude of reverse thrust depends primarily on the angle of the thrust reverser. This Demonstration analyzes the linear force and momentum balance around a control volume and its dependence on the angle of the exiting control surfaces. In order to emphasize the thrust reversers' dependence on the exiting angle, the difference in values for the thrust reverser mechanism being fully open or fully closed is arbitrary and not shown. Atmospheric pressure is assumed for both the inlet and outlet.


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The force on the engine is found by integrating over the control surface:
This gives
which simplifies to:
Conservation of mass is used to find , , , :
By combining the given equations, the force in the engine can be calculated using any one of the following equations:
is the force on the engine
is the density of air
is the velocity of air entering engine
is the area of the entrance of engine
are the velocities of air exiting engine
are the areas at the exits, where the air exits the engine
is the velocity of air exiting the engine through the front of the engine
is the area of the exit at the front
is the direction from the horizontal that air exits the engine
is the mass flow rate of air entering the engine
are the mass flow rates of air exiting the engine
is the mass flow rate of air exiting the front of the engine
[1] B. R. Munson, D. F. Young, T. H. Okiishi, and W. W. Huebsch, Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics, 6th ed., Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
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