Report presenting an analytical investigation to determine primarily the reduction in cooling-air requirement and the increase in effective gas temperature for the same quantity of cooling air resulting from the use of an insert in the cooling-air passage of a hollow air-cooled turbine blade.
Empirical design curves are presented for the critical stress of thin-wall cylinders loaded in axial compression. These curves are plotted in terms of the nondimensional parameters of small-deflection theory and are compared with theoretical curves derived for the buckling of cylinders with simply supported and clamped edges. An empirical equation is given for the buckling of cylinders having a length-radius ratio greater than about 0.75.
From Summary: "A solution is presented for the coupled modes and frequencies of swept wings mounted on a fuselage. The energy method is used in conjunction with power series to obtain the characteristic equations for both symmetrical and asymmetrical vibration. A numerical example which is susceptible to exact solution is presented, and the results for the exact solution and the solution presented in this paper show excellent agreement."
Report presenting the results of flight testing to determine the zero-lift drag of an NACA 65-009 airfoil at a specified aspect ratio. The results are compared to previous testing of unswept and swept-back arrangements. The swept-forward and swept-back airfoils were found to produce lower values of zero-drag lift than the unswept airfoil.
An investigation was conducted on a multicylinder aircraft engine on a dynamometer stand to determine the effect of induction-system icing on engine operating characteristics and to compare the results with those of a previous laboratory investigation in which only the carburetor and the engine-stage supercharger assembly from the engine were used. The experiments were conducted at simulated glide power, low cruise power, and normal rated power through a range of humidity ratios and air temperatures at approximately sea-level pressure. Induction-system icing was found to occur within approximately the same limits as those established by the previous laboratory investigation after making suitable allowances for the difference in fuel volatility and throttle angles. Rough operation of the engine was experienced when ice caused a marked reduction in the air flow. Photographs of typical ice formations from this investigation indicate close similarity to icing previously observed in the laboratory.
A flight investigation of an I-16 jet propulsion engine installed in the waist compartment of a B-24M airplane was made to determine the effect of induction-system icing on the performance of the engine. Flights were made at inlet-air temperatures of 15 deg, 20 deg., and 25 F, an indicated airspeed of 180 miles per hour, jet-engine speeds of 13,000 and 15,000 rpm, liquid-water contents of approximately 0.3 to 0.5 gram per cubic meter, and an average water droplet size of approximately 50 microns. Under the most severe icing conditions obtained, ice formed on the screen over the front inlet to the compressor and obstructed about 70 percent of the front-inlet area. The thrust was thereby reduced 13.5 percent, the specific fuel consumption increased 17 percent, and the tail-pipe temperature increased 82 F. No icing of the rear compressor-inlet screen was encountered.
From Summary: "The results of flight tests to determine flying qualities of a Chance Vought F4U-4 airplane are presented and discussed herein. In addition to comprehensive measurements at low altitude (about 8000 ft), tests of limited scope were made at high altitude (about 25,000 ft)."
Report presenting testing conducted on two airfoils from a series of rectangular-plan-form airfoils of aspect ratios 7.6 and 5.1 and with NACA 65-006, 65-009, and 65-012 sections using the free-fall method. Results regarding the time histories, ground-velocity data, airfoil drag measurements, and drag coefficients are provided.
"A preliminary investigation was made to determine the effects of gamma radiation on the age-hardening rate of an aluminum-copper alloy at temperatures of 32 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The gamma radiation from a 100-milligram radium source appeared to have no significant effect on the age-hardening rate of the alloy. A metallographic examination of the test specimens showed no microstructural changes that could be attributed to gamma radiation" (p. 1).
"This paper develops a new method for determining the buckling stresses of cylindrical shells under various loading conditions. In part I, the equation for the equilibrium of cylindrical shells introduced by Donnell in NACA report no. 479 to find the critical stresses of cylinders in torsion is applied to find critical stresses for cylinders with simply supported edges under other loading conditions. In part II, a modified form of Donnell's equation for the equilibrium of thin cylindrical shells is derived which is equivalent to Donnell's equation but has certain advantages in physical interpretation and in ease of solution, particularly in the case of shells having clamped edges" (p. 285).
From Summary: "An investigation has been made in the Langley two-dimensional low-turbulence tunnels to develop the optimum configuration of a .035-chord slotted flap on an NACA 65(sub(112)-111 airfoil section modified by removing the trailing-edge cusp. Included in the investigation were measurements to determine the scale effects on the section lift and drag characteristics of the airfoil with the flap retracted for Reynolds numbers ranging from 3.0 X 10(exp 6) to 2.5 X 10(exp 6). The scale effects on the lift characteristics were also determined for the same Reynolds numbers for the flap deflected in the rotation found to be optimum at a Reynolds number of 9.0 X 10(exp 6)."