Wingtip Propeller Theory

 

There have been a number of studies of how efficient putting propellers on the wing tips would be.   We will try to collect some good ones here.

 

Below is a video of a simulation:

Below is a list of papers:

  1.  Analysis and Design of a Small-Scale Wingtip-Mounted Pusher Propeller 
  2. Aerodynamic Analysis and Optimisation of Wingtip-Mounted Pusher Propellers 
  3. Experimental and numerical study onwingtip mounted propellers for lowaspect ratio UAV design



If you want to place solar panels on a wing, it is easier to have a rectangular wing.  I think for this shape wing the wing tip losses as a glider would be more severe and so having wing tip propellers makes for a bigger win than normal shape wings.



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