This essay was written by upper-sixth former Chris Ratcliffe, and a finalist for the 2020 Independent Learning Assignment. The following provides a short abstract to the full essay, which can be found at the bottom.
Estimated read time of abstract: 1 minute
Estimated read time of essay: 30 minutes
In this project I explored the possibilities of converting a Boeing 737800 Commercial Jet to battery power. Beginning with finding the minimum power requirements for flight by two methods; calculation and then modelling to improve the accuracy. Then finding the necessary battery requirements within a weight limit that would replace the fuel load directly to see if the conversion is feasible. In addition, an investigation into aerofoil design was undertaken as the electric plane was found to be most efficient at slower speeds. In order for this to be possible, a wing shape optimised for slower speeds was designed.
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