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The Blade Element

Theory
Propeller Design
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BLADE ELEMENT THEORY (BET) is a mathematical process
originally designed by William Froude (1878), David W. Taylor (1893)
and Stefan Drzewiecki to determine the behavior of PROPELLERS.

William Froude David W. Taylor
Stefan Drzewiecki
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It involves breaking a blade down into several small parts then
determining the forces on each of these small blade elements.
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The blade is composed of aerodynamically independent,
narrow strips or elements.
Physical Assumption
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Free Body Diagram for the
Analysis of a Blade
Element
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Explanation of the FBD
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BLADE ELEMENT THEORY (BET) has proven that basic
aerodynamics can be applied to almost anything that will come in
contact with airflow.
This fundamental theory has helped produce a lot of propellers that we
see today from small aircrafts to large ones.
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