Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. James G. Ladesic

Committee Member

Professor Charles N. Eastlake

Committee Member

Dr. R. Luther Reisbig


The purpose of this research is to predict the thrust as a function of forward flight velocity required for the one-third-scaled Cessna 172P. This model was designed to verify scaling laws. Therefore, it is important that it be aerodynamically scaled and that it have similar thrust characteristic as that of the full scale Cessna 172P. Several propellers and two Quatra Aerrow Q100XL two-cycle engines were acquired for this research project. Three propellers were selected to undergo a series of static thrust testing. The measured static thrust was then used to predict the flight performance of each tested propellers with the use of the computer programs (ROTOR and ROTOR II). A prediction of the anticipated flight performance of the propulsion system was obtained. Using the data of this research a suitable propeller will then be selected for the flight test model, based on the flight envelope and flight condition of the flight tests.