20120087787, Apr 12, 2012
Dewain Ray Brown - Roy UT, US
There is a turbofan jet engine including an engine core. The engine core includes a fan and a compressor. The engine core includes a combustion chamber and a turbine functionally coupled to the compressor. The engine core includes a nozzle in fluid communication with the turbine. The turbofan jet engine includes a nacelle. The nacelle includes a forward extension proximate the fan and extending forward therefrom. The forward extension is funnel shaped to impart radial momentum to intake air during operation. The nacelle includes a vortex device disposed inside the forward extension and shaped to impart angular momentum to intake air. The vortex device includes a fixed blade extending from the interior of the forward extension and set at a rotational angle. The vortex device is shaped and positioned to direct intake air substantially perpendicular to the blades of the fan.