Product: Engine: Jet: Intake Protection
Redneck Intake Protection   (+4, -3)  [vote for, against]
Like them thar teeth on Sally Mae!

To protect jet engine intakes I propose an intake shield based on the condition called maxillary prognathism that effects the stereotypical Redneck Facial Structure, more commonly referred to as gross overbite.

A pair of carbon fiber plates inclined at an angle of about 30 degrees from the plane of the engines intake that overlap each other with a gap roughly equivalent to the intake area of a conventional engine.

An inbound bird or debris will have a greater inertia than the air around it, combined with the difference in speed between the bird and the plane, so will not be able to turn in time to avoid striking the plates rather than continuing into the engine proper. This will deflect the bird away from the intake thus protecting the engine.

Used on Military jets with smiley faces painted onto the intakes will strike fear into the hearts of our enemies.

Inspired by the spider intake Idea posted by [bitmonkey].
-- jhomrighaus, Feb 27 2007

Info on Jet Air intake pressures http://www.madsci.o...973783504.Eg.r.html
[jhomrighaus, Feb 27 2007]

Ram pressure improves efficiency.
-- Galbinus_Caeli, Feb 27 2007

What does that have to do with the idea? and why does that warrant a Bone?
-- jhomrighaus, Feb 27 2007

Blocking the incoming air will reduce ram air pressure. Therefore reduce efficiency. Therefore fishbone.
-- Galbinus_Caeli, Feb 27 2007

//Redneck Dentifrice// wouldn't that be a sort of toothpaste?
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 27 2007

I Guess it is! Edited.

[Galbinus_Caeli] Perhaps you have missed the point of this idea. The plan here is to install a uniquely shaped intake onto the front of the engine. No claims were made as to efficiency nor to an Ram Air Effect. The point of the Idea was to keep Birds out of the Intake of the Engine in a Unique and Somewhat humorous vein. This is the Halfbakery not Jet Engineering Quarterly. Perhaps your critique should be focused on the facts of the idea not on its perceived shortcomings.

As to your complaint the effect would not impact engine performance significantly, After all there is no Ram air effect during takeoff, landing or approach as the speed of the plane is insufficient to generate a noticeable effect. See link for information that intake Ram Pressure does not impact engine performance. Sorry but your complaint appears to be unfounded.
-- jhomrighaus, Feb 27 2007

Minced birds cook faster.
-- lurch, Feb 28 2007

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