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Could a RAT be used for added power?

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While my preference is certainly for a 13B, does the turbo add complexity for the power that could be replaced by a "Ram Air Turbo" which could certainly provide excess power at speed.


Would that be enough boost to deal with enhanced altitude and up high power?


It certainly wouldn't help takeoff power much - as the speed isn't there!


Ideas? Comments? Use both?


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Quick answer - yes if you can arrange a decent linkage, and get the little bugger to run around the wire wheel when you need a boost. :D


Seriously, one of the main reasons for adding a turbo to a rotary is to quiet the exhaust and remove the disintegration and heat sink problems of a muffler. Another thought I'd offer is that ram air isnt free. It's drag.


As you say, another reason for adding a turbo is take off boost, and you wont get that. I don't think a stock turbo is that complicated. All the pipes and fittings are already there. I'll know more in a few weeks. If you can wait, there should be quite a few turbo 13bs flying in the next year or so.


On the other hand, I believe Dave Atkins advocates a supercharger system.

I can be reached on the "other" forum http://canardaviationforum.dmt.net

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