Apparatus and Method for Reducing Induced Drag on Aircraft (Twisteron)

Utah State University has developed a method to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency in aircraft and is seeking an industry partner to license the technology. Induced drag is a major problem of aircraft design. Current solutions to the problem are inefficient and not applicable to all types of aircraft. To address these market needs, Utah State University engineers have developed a wing design called Twisteron. Features of Twisteron include maximizing lift of a wing during takeoff, providing roll control and minimizing induced drag during flight.

Twisterons can be applied to all types of aircraft, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which have become increasingly useful for military, government, and civilian use. The UAV market is expected to rise from $3.4 billion in annual sales to $7.3 billion over the next decade. Twisterons may have important applicability for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAVs, where the goal is to maximize flight time and decrease take off time.

  • Commercial passenger airlines and long range transports
  • High performance military aircraft
  • Long range military transports
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Watercraft
  • Wind farms

  • Reduced drag, leading to 5-10% decrease in fuel costs
  • Improved flight characteristics for a wide range of flight conditions
  • Less expensive wing platform with minimal induced drag
  • Increased maneuverability for high performance aircraft


US 7,883,060

US 8,262,030

Patent Information:
Mechanical & Aerospace
For Information, Contact:
Christian Iverson
Utah State University
Warren Phillips
Mechanical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles