Propulsion Configuration Design and Analysis for an eVTOL Passenger Air Shuttle

Nina Ayar, Mujahid Ahmed, Kamil Nocon, Roshan Patel, Timothy Green, John D. Reband, Kiruba S. Haran

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper describes the design maturation of an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility. This work aims to build upon previous work on the propulsion design to ensure the vehicle is stable and airworthy using GeneAl, a python based genetic algorithm. The design aspects used in the genetic algorithm for this study are wing position, planform dimensions, number of propulsors and their span-wise position. Additionally, a detailed powertrain configuration analyzed using Simulink is also presented. Aerodynamic efficiency of various propulsion configurations and power requirements will be evaluated and the final design presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, 2021
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624106118
StatePublished - 2021
EventAIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 9 2021Aug 11 2021

Publication series

NameAIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, 2021


ConferenceAIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, 2021
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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