The Effect of High Solidity on Propeller Characteristics at High Forward Speeds from Wind-Tunnel Tests of the NACA 4-(3)(06.3)-06 and NACA 4-(3)(06.4)-09 Two-Blade Propellers

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Tests of two-blade propellers having the NACA 4-(3)(06.3)-06 and NACA 4-(3)(06.4)-09 blade designs (blade activity factors of 179 and 263, respectively) have been made in the Langley 8-foot high-speed tunnel through a range of blade angle from 20 degrees to 70 degrees for free-stream Mach numbers from 0.165 to 0.725 to determine the effects of high solidity and compressibility on propeller characteristics. The tests are part of a general investigation of propellers at high forward speeds. Results previously reported for similar tests of two-blade propellers having the NACA 4-308-03 and NACA 4-308-045 blade designs (blade activity factors of 87 and ... continued below

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Delano, James B. February 27, 1947.

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  • Main Title: The Effect of High Solidity on Propeller Characteristics at High Forward Speeds from Wind-Tunnel Tests of the NACA 4-(3)(06.3)-06 and NACA 4-(3)(06.4)-09 Two-Blade Propellers
  • Series Title: NACA Research Memorandums

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Tests of two-blade propellers having the NACA 4-(3)(06.3)-06 and NACA 4-(3)(06.4)-09 blade designs (blade activity factors of 179 and 263, respectively) have been made in the Langley 8-foot high-speed tunnel through a range of blade angle from 20 degrees to 70 degrees for free-stream Mach numbers from 0.165 to 0.725 to determine the effects of high solidity and compressibility on propeller characteristics. The tests are part of a general investigation of propellers at high forward speeds. Results previously reported for similar tests of two-blade propellers having the NACA 4-308-03 and NACA 4-308-045 blade designs (blade activity factors of 87 and 133, respectively) are included for comparison. The results showed that the 0.06- and 0.09-solidity blades, although producing efficiencies of the order of 90 percent, were less efficient than blades of conventional solidity. The variation in average blade lift coefficient with solidity at a constant blade angle and advance-diameter ratio through the speed range of these tests was found to be analogous to the variation of wing lift coefficient with aspect ratio, indicating that high-solidity blades may be desirable at very high speeds. Because of power limitations of the test equipment, conclusive evidence of the possible favorable effects of increased blade solidity at high speeds was not obtained. Further tests are desirable.

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Delano, James B. The Effect of High Solidity on Propeller Characteristics at High Forward Speeds from Wind-Tunnel Tests of the NACA 4-(3)(06.3)-06 and NACA 4-(3)(06.4)-09 Two-Blade Propellers, report, February 27, 1947; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc64389/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.