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The Design of Wind Tunnels and Wind Tunnel Propellers

The Design of Wind Tunnels and Wind Tunnel Propellers

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Warner, Edward P
Description: Report discusses the theory of energy losses in wind tunnels, the application of the Drzewiecki theory of propeller design to wind tunnel propellers, and the efficiency and steadiness of flow in model tunnels of various types.
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Effect of Compression Ratio, Pressure, Temperature, and Humidity on Power

Effect of Compression Ratio, Pressure, Temperature, and Humidity on Power

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Dickinson, H C
Description: Among other factors which affect the horsepower of an airplane engine are the atmospheric pressure, and consequently the altitude at which the engine is working, and the compression ratio, or cylinder volume divided by clearance volume. The tests upon which this report is based were selected from a large number of runs made during the intercomparison of various gasolines to determine the variation of horsepower with altitude at three different compression ratios. The test results and conclusions are presented in this report.
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General Analysis of Airplane Radiator Problems

General Analysis of Airplane Radiator Problems

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Dickinson, H C
Description: Report embodies the results of a very extensive research, both theoretical and experimental, into the problems involved in the dissipation of heat by means of the airplane radiator.
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General Discussion of Test Methods for Radiators

General Discussion of Test Methods for Radiators

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Dickinson, H C
Description: Report describes the methods and apparatus developed and used in the extensive experimental research into the problems involved in the dissipation of heat by means of the airplane radiator.
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The Kiln Drying of Wood for Airplanes

The Kiln Drying of Wood for Airplanes

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Tiemann, Harry D
Description: This report is descriptive of various methods used in the kiln drying of woods for airplanes and gives the results of physical tests on different types of woods after being dried by the various kiln-drying methods.
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The Limiting Velocity in Falling from a Great Height

The Limiting Velocity in Falling from a Great Height

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Wilson, Edwin Bidwell
Description: The purpose of this report is to give a simple treatment of the problem of calculating the final or limiting velocity of an object falling in vertical motion under gravity in a resisting medium. The equations of motion are easily set up and integrated when the density of the medium is constant and the resistance varies as the square of the velocity. The results show that the fundamental characteristics of the vertical motion under gravity in a resisting medium is the approach to a terminal or limiting velocity, whether the initial downward velocity is less or greater than the limiting velocity. This method can be used to calculate the terminal velocity of a bomb trajectory.
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Metering Characteristics of Carburetors

Metering Characteristics of Carburetors

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Tice, Percival S
Description: Report presents the results of an extensive experimental investigation of the performance of different types of carburetors as effecting the maintenance under all conditions of correct ratio between the weights of fuel and air. It also gives a description of the Bureau of Standards carburetor test plant, test equipment and measuring instruments used to determine the metering characteristics of carburetors.
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Temperatures in Spark Plugs Having Steel and Brass Shells

Temperatures in Spark Plugs Having Steel and Brass Shells

Date: January 1, 1919
Creator: Cragoe, C S
Description: This investigation was conducted at the Bureau of Standards for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Brass has often been assumed superior to steel for spark plug shells because of its greater heat conductivity. The measurements described in this report prove the contrary, showing that the interior of a spark plug having a brass shell is from 50 degrees to 150 degrees c. (90 degrees to 270 degrees f.) hotter than that of a similar steel plug. Consistent results were obtained in both an aviation and a truck engine, and under conditions which eliminated all other sources of difference between the plugs. It is to be concluded that steel is to be preferred to brass for spark plug shells. This report embodies the results of measurements taken of electrodes and a comparison of brass and steel insulators of spark plugs while they were in actual operation. The data throw considerable light upon the problem of the proper control of temperatures in these parts.
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The aerodynamic properties of thick aerofoils suitable for internal bracing

The aerodynamic properties of thick aerofoils suitable for internal bracing

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Norton, F H
Description: The object of this investigation was to determine the characteristics of various types of wings having sufficient depth to entirely inclose the wing bracing, and also to provide data for the further design of such sections. This type of wing is of interest because it eliminates the resistance of the interplane bracing, a portion of the airplane that sometimes absorbs one-quarter of the total power required to fly, and because these wings may be made to give a very high maximum lift. Results of the investigation of the following subjects are given: (1) effect of changing the upper and lower camber of thick aerofoils of uniform section; (2) effect of thickening the center and thinning the tips of a thin aerofoil; (3) effect of adding a convex lower surface to a tapered section; (4) effect of changing the mean thickness with constant center and tip sections; and (5) effect of varying the chord along the span.
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Air flow through poppet valves

Air flow through poppet valves

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Lewis, G W
Description: Report discusses the comparative continuous flow characteristics of single and double poppet valves. The experimental data presented affords a direct comparison of valves, single and in pairs of different sizes, tested in a cylinder designed in accordance with current practice in aviation engines.
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