VFORCE® CLEAN GREEN GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGY
Reduces greenhouse gases and emissions
Reduces drag and saves a conservative calculated 11% fuel on Commercial Aircraft
Increases payload or distance flown due to less fuel required on Commercial Aircraft
Generates addition power on Wind Turbines in low wind situations
Generates addition propulsion on ships using rigid sails in low wind situations
VForce® patented technology
This technology employs the Compound Motion (3D Spatial Trajectory) of the patented invention which is named A Compound Motion Structure.
The deployment trajectory profile and angle of deflection (morphing) will be designed to suit the aerodynamic requirements of the application. The trajectory profile is not a fixed radius around a fixed or virtual axis, it is a compound motion with no fixed axis.
There is no known technology that accomplishes what VForce® technology provides!
Fixed Wing Aircraft
Winglets on current commercial jet aircraft are saving $1.4M US per day in fuel costs and when VForce® mechanisms are standard on aircraft this figure will exceed $3.4M US per day.
The technology is a major evolutionary step in fixed wing aircraft development. High lift devices have not significantly changed since the invention of the Fowler Flap by H D Fowler in 1924.
The technology in fixed wing aircraft provides for less components, less complex and lighter flap support deployment mechanism. Contained wholly within the height profile of the wing the mechanism does not require under wing fairings. This results in lower cost of manufacture, easier installation and maintenance.
Without underwing fairings, the fuselage shock body size is reduced further reducing parasitic drag. The shock body incorporates the fairings at the wing root location that allows smooth transition of airflow around the wings, so the airflow does not receive a shock by hitting the wing without smooth transition. This is referred to as the Area Rule. This cross-sectional area reduction is a significant double benefit of VForce® technology reducing fuel use.
The benefits can either be less fuel carried allowing for a higher payload or increased range while providing significant environmental benefits with a reduction in greenhouse gas and emissions. A conservative calculated 11% fuel saving will ensure its introduction.
Ailerons (flaperons) are also configurable as flaps, while maintaining aileron function for aircraft control. This technology therefore provides additional lift on takeoff and landing with flaperons. The mechanism is also suitable for leading edge slats (Krueger).
The VForce® technology also allows for the morphing of rotorcraft blades with greater efficiency. The sealed leading and trailing edge joints also provide greater efficiency.
Rotorcraft (helicopter) blades utilizing this morphing technology will improve the lift force, cruise speed, and reduce noise with lower fuel consumption. This will be accomplished with the more efficient blade profiles provided by the VForce® mechanism.
Rotorcraft’s Effective Translational Lift (ETL) increases with forward airspeed therefore in hover, takeoff and landing this technology provides additional lift, the same as high lift devices on fixed wing aircraft.
Current blade profiles are designed to optimize ETL plus cruise. With the morphing of the blade during ETL, the blade profile can be designed to suit cruise therefore increasing speed and lowering fuel consumption.
The retreating blade will morph requiring a lower angle of attack requiring less force therefore reducing fuel consumption and noise.
The Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge Award acknowledges these advantages.
On wind turbines VForce® technology provides additional electricity generation during lower wind speeds.
Morphing technology will improve the force applied giving more sustained and greater rotation speeds in low winds. This will be accomplished with the more efficient blade profiles provided by the VForce® mechanism.
The technology is suitable for tapered blades and is of light weight construction.
On Marinecraft the VForce® mechanism allows additional force in low winds situations.
The University of Tokyo has predicted that fuel costs could be reduced by retrofitting opening rigid wing sails to a “motor-sail”, without altering the primary propulsion system of a modern tanker or bulker, ship operators can expect 20-40% fuel savings. (University of Tokyo/International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 2015 Publication, Renewable Energy Options for Shipping).
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