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    Assessment of Wingtip Modifications to Increase the Fuel Efficiency of Air Force Aircraft

    ISBN-10: 0309104971
    ISBN-13: 9780309104975
    Author(s): Assessment of Aircraft Winglets for Large Aircraft Fuel Efficiency Staff, National Research Council Staff, Air Force Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences Staff
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    Publisher: National Academies Press
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 112
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
    Weight: 0.396
    Language: English

    Summary
    Background and Overview
    Introduction
    Statement of Task
    Scope and Committee Approach
    Structure of This Report
    Wingtip Modifications
    History of Wingtip Devices
    Introduction to Wingtip Aerodynamics
    Design of Wingtip Devices
    Optimal Wingspan
    Wing Retrofits
    Benefits of Wingtip Modifications
    Reduced Fuel Burn
    Increased Payload-Range Capability
    Improved Takeoff Performance
    Challenges Associated with Wingtip Modifications
    Cost
    Added Weight
    Added Span and Height
    Interference with Other Wing Equipment
    General Observations
    Previous Analyses and Experience with Wingtip Modifications on Existing Aircraft
    Early Research Programs
    NASA-Led Research: ACEE
    Commercial Experience
    Airframe Manufacturers
    Airlines
    Military Experience
    C-17
    C-32
    KC-135
    Summary of Commercial and Military Experience
    Assessment of Wingtip Modifications for Various Air Force Aircraft and Potential Investment Strategies
    Checklist for Making Wingtip Modification Decisions
    Technical Issues
    Economic Issues
    Putting It All Together
    Candidate Aircraft in the Air Force Inventory
    C-17
    KC-135R/T
    C-5
    KC-10
    C-130H/J
    Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Aircraft
    Other Air Force Aircraft
    Priority Aircraft to Be Considered for Wingtip Modification
    Preliminary Net Present Value Analysis
    Investment Strategies
    Performing Retrofit Studies and Implementing Modifications
    Financing Mechanisms
    Appendixes
    Data Used in Net Present Value Analyses
    Additional Methods for Improving Fuel Consumption
    Presentations to the Committee
    Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

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