Variable Bypass Turbofan Engine
- Magazine Article
Many aircraft need to operate efficiently at more than one flight regime; for example, certain airframes are expected to perform in relatively high-speed cruise modes, as well as slower loitering scenarios. Unfortunately, an engine operates most efficiently when the exit velocity closely matches the speed of the airframe. As a result, designing an engine that is suitable for multiple roles yields an engine that only performs moderately well in each of those operating conditions.