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SHP Vs Lbs Thrust

Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:55 pm

Prop engines are measured in Shaft horse power. Fan engines are measured in Lbs of thrust. The 2 are different. How does one compare the relative thrusts of 2 engines. Is there a formula?
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RE: SHP Vs Lbs Thrust

Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:50 pm

Quoting Parapente (Thread starter):

Check out this thread and see if your answer is there  Smile .
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RE: SHP Vs Lbs Thrust

Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:45 pm

Strictly speaking it is engines which develop shaft power which are measured in SHP. Aircraft jet engines don't so are measured in thrust units.

It is easy enough to convert power to thrust, or vice versa, but you need to know propeller efficiency as well. You could fit a more efficient propeller onto an engine and get more thrust from it, but the power output of the engine would be the same.
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RE: SHP Vs Lbs Thrust

Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:09 pm

Hi Parapente, Buzz here. There are conversion formulas, we used to grind through them when I was going to college. I haven't used them in years... So for an accurate answer, see what JetMech, and Jetlagged have posted.

For a very rough approximation, 60% of the horsepower is more or less the pounds of thrust. Of course, it makes a difference if you're at cruise speed (and altitude), or waiting at the end of a runway and hoping you have enough power to take off. (grin) Propellers are more effective at low speed - move a larger mass of air more efficiently.
Those little Bede BD-5's with the tiny jet engine worried me - can it get up to flying speed before the end of the runway?


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