The power plant of tomorrow
For several years, the Austrian company CycloTech has been working on the Cyclogyro, a new type of engine that the developers say delivers high rotational speeds, enough thrust for use in air, and an efficient energy balance. The company promised to demonstrate the first flight of an aircraft built on this kind of power plant by the end of 2020, but for reasons known to all, this could not be realized. The other day they again declared themselves through a video where they finally showed the first advantages of the new type of motors Cyclogyro CR-42. And looking ahead, we note that this is an incredible sight!
- Compact design
- Precise takeoff and landing
- 360-degree thrust vectoring system compensating for gusts of wind
- Stable transition from hover mode to flight mode
- Efficient level flight mode
- It can be used as the main power plant, or as an additional one, coupled with the main one.
Is the technology new?
In fact, the technology used by CycloTech was invented back in 1926 by Ernst Schneider. Then the inventor considered this type of motor as a thruster “Voith Schneider” to revive ships that require maneuverability and precision, for example when towing in port areas.
How it works?
The principle of operation of such a motor is similar to how the power plant of a helicopter works, the blades of which, by changing the angle of inclination, allow the aircraft to change the direction of ascent. At the heart of the Cyclogyro motor is a mechanical type clutch implemented by means of coils connected by a central hub, allowing each blade to be tilted directly during their rotation, thereby changing the strength and direction of thrust. The hallmark of this mechanism is the ability to change the angles of the blades incredibly quickly, which makes this type of power plant much more efficient than other types currently used in various vertical take-off and landing aircraft.
Visually about the device and the principle of operation from the developer:
The prototype that 15 CycloTech engineers are working on is a 420mm carbon fiber cylinder, 350mm in diameter, with five carbon fiber blades that delivers maximum thrust of 247H at 3,100rpm. Electricity is used as an energy source, but hybrid systems can also be used if necessary.
CycloTech plans to offer its engines to aircraft manufacturers of all sizes, from small inspection and surveillance devices to manned vehicles for emergency transport and urban mobility. Cyclogyro can be used on its own to provide controlled flight, or installed in addition to existing systems to achieve greater maneuvering accuracy.
In particular, the developer proposes the implementation of a 4‑seater air taxi, built on four Cyclogyro engines, developing a total power of up to 2,226 hp. at 1600 rpm. The air vehicle is powered by a battery pack with a density of 230 W / kg, weighing 760 kg, providing a cruising range of 85 kilometers with a flight time of up to 40 minutes at a cruising speed of 150 km / h.
CycloTech is a technology leader in the field of CycloRotor powertrains since 2004. Offers customized solutions to suit the specific needs of its customers’ aircraft configurations. The main activity is the development of motors of the Cyclogyro type, integration into the aircraft architecture and related solutions in motor and flight control systems (RCS and FCS).