Third M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics June 14–17, 2005  

The Ornicopter: a single rotor helicopter without reaction torque - a short overview

Th. Van Holten, M.M. Heiligers*
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, The Netherlands

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The Ornicopter is a single-rotor helicopter without a reaction torque. A short overview will be given of the basic principles of the Ornicopter, followed by calculations regarding the influence of flexible rotor blades on the characteristics of the Ornicopter.

Keywords:  Helicopter; Reaction torque; Ornicopter; Flexible rotor blades; Tail rotor; Blade flapping

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