ELECTROSTATIC HOVERCRAFT: force limits for a giant "lifter"
Assume 1-atm, max surface e-field of 3MV/M
C = farads/cc = 8.9e-14
E = energy stored per cc at max field = 4.01e-4 joule
F = mech. force to store E with work over 1cm = 4.01e-3 newton
F = surface lifting force on one M^2 = 40.1 newton = 9.0lbs
F = lift produced by 50ft disk = 1640 lbs
The above value assumes a permeable wire grid fuselage with charged-
exhaust reaction force only, and no aerodynamic lift. If instead we used
a solid fuselage shaped like a Frisbee or like an icecream cone, perhaps
Coanda effect would give us far higher thrust, much like replacing a 1950s
turbojet engine with a modern turbofan.
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