MIT Announces Concept Designs For Airliner That Uses 70% Less Fuel
June 1, 2010
Massachusetts (ChattahBox) – A group from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced that they have created concept designs for NASA’s attempt at creating more fuel efficient commercial airliners.
MIT has made a concept design based off of simple wing changes and modern engines that are expected to cut the fuel used by 70%, a huge decrease that will hopefully save resources and reduce pollution.
The group’s idea was simple: stop using the designs from the 50′s and 60′s that are outdated and bulky, and go with a more modern way of creating airliners.
The wing curve is incompatible with the larger, more powerful engines of today.
“From a purely design viewpoint, they’re really mismatched, the big engines want to go slower which means the airplanes really want to have less wing sweep. That’s one of the things we took advantage of,” MIT’s Professor Mark Drela explained.
MIT was one of several organizations to take part in the new designs, along with Boeing, GE Aviation and Northrop Grumman.