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what is thrust force?

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:25 pm
by Yanda.Jiang
Hi guys,


While learning betz's law, I notice thrust forces at the inlet and outlet of control volume are both represented as density*area*velocity^2, which is different from thrust force caused by air pressure difference at the two sides of turbine itself, since air pressure at inlet and outlet of control volume are same while thrust forces at inlet and outlet are different.
As far as I know, thrust force represents force that changes air flow momentum (plz correct me if I am wrong), but after searching on google for a long time, I still don't know clearly what it is in essence if it is not related to air pressure difference.
Kindly let me know your thoughts. Many thx
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Best regards,
Yanda

Re: what is thrust force?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:29 am
by Jason.Jonkman
Dear Yanda,

There are not different thrust forces at the inlet and outlet of the control volume. Instead, the thrust force of the rotor can be written as the difference in linear momentum between the inlet and outlet, i.e.,

T = rho*S_1*V_1^2 - rho*S_2*V_2^2,

or equivalently from Bernoulli's equation,

T = 1/2*rho*S*(V_1^2 - V_2^2),

using your nomenclature. This thrust force is equivalent to the pressure difference between the upwind and downwind sides of the rotor.

I hope that helps.

Best regards,

Re: what is thrust force?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:24 am
by Yanda.Jiang
Jason.Jonkman wrote:Dear Yanda,

There are not different thrust forces at the inlet and outlet of the control volume. Instead, the thrust force of the rotor can be written as the difference in linear momentum between the inlet and outlet, i.e.,

T = rho*S_1*V_1^2 - rho*S_2*V_2^2,

or equivalently from Bernoulli's equation,

T = 1/2*rho*S*(V_1^2 - V_2^2),

using your nomenclature. This thrust force is equivalent to the pressure difference between the upwind and downwind sides of the rotor.

I hope that helps.

Best regards,



Dear Jason,


Thx for your prompt and accurate reply. I finally understand it. I love your response soooooo much.



Best,
Yanda