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Preliminary theoretical and flight investigation of the lateral oscillation of the X-1 airplane

Description: Report presenting the results of flight tests showing lateral oscillation in the Bell X-1 and calculations created to determine the effects of changes in several mass and aerodynamic parameters on the lateral oscillations. Calculations indicate that lateral stability should be improved by a more positive inclination of the principal axis of inertia or a reduction of the value of yawing moment of inertia.
Date: August 12, 1949
Creator: Drake, Hubert M. & Wall, Helen L.
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Preliminary investigation of a ceramic lining for a combustion chamber for gas-turbine use

Description: Combustion chamber liners for gas turbines and experimental set-ups were tested for failure. A ceramic-lined test chamber was operated at fuel/air ratios up to 0.050. Thermal-shock evaluation indicated that a ceramic lining, which expands after firing, would crack but would not fall apart during operation. Refractoriness of the lining and the resistance to mechanical shock were adequate. In general, shell temperature reductions of approximately 400 deg F were effected by the use of this lining at fuel/air ratios of 0.016 and 0.050. The mechanism of failure of the ceramic lining was induced by sudden heating and cooling during operation.
Date: April 12, 1948
Creator: Woodward, William H. & Bobrowsky, A. R.
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Full-scale investigation of the maximum lift and flow characteristics of an airplane having approximately triangular plan form

Description: Report discussing an investigation of the DM-1 glider, which has an approximately triangular plan form, with auxiliary studies of a model of triangular wings. The pitching-moment coefficient, drag coefficient, and angle of attack with the lift coefficient are provided. Results indicated that the angles of descent without power are likely to be prohibitive and airplanes with the tested type of wings will not be able to land safely without power.
Date: February 12, 1947
Creator: Wilson, Herbert A., Jr. & Lovell, J. Calvin
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Helicopter stability

Description: Report presenting information about some of the fundamental concepts and lines of development that may be undertaken regarding helicopter stability. Some of the principles discussed include method of control, control lag, stability characteristics, control forces, and center of gravity. Some of the means for improvement discussed include use of a horizontal stabilizer, use of trim devices, use of power-operated controls, automatic controls, and choice and grouping of indicating instruments.
Date: April 12, 1948
Creator: Gustafson, F. B. & Reeder, J. P.
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Analytical investigation of distribution of centrifugal stresses and their relation to limiting operating temperatures in gas-turbine blades

Description: From Introduction: "Analyses that provide a basis for comparing the centrifugal-stress distributions inherent in jet-engine turbine blades of several designs currently in use were therefore made and are presented."
Date: April 12, 1948
Creator: Kemp, Richard H. & Morgan, William C.
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Comparative tests of the rolling effectiveness of constant-chord, full-delta, and half-delta ailerons on delta wings at transonic and supersonic speeds

Description: Report presenting comparative tests of the rolling power of plain constant-chord, full-delta, and half-delta ailerons on delta wings with varying degrees of sweepback were tested on rocket-propelled test vehicles. Results regarding the effect of leading-edge sweepback, a comparison of rolling effectiveness, and comparison with theory are provided.
Date: December 12, 1949
Creator: Sandahl, Carl A. & Strass, H. Kurt
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Hydrodynamic characteristics of a swept planing-tail hull

Description: Report presenting the hydrodynamic characteristics of a swept planing-tail hull as determined by water tank testing. The hull shape was based on results from previous testing indicating that symmetrical airfoil sections and slender boom-like afterbodies lower the drag. Results regarding spray characteristics, take-off stability and trims, landing stability, resistance, and directional stability are presented.
Date: September 12, 1949
Creator: McKann, Robert E.; Coffee, Claude W. & Arabian, Donald D.
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Two-dimensional wind-tunnel investigation at high Reynolds numbers of two symmetrical circular-arc airfoil sections with high-lift devices

Description: Report presenting an investigation of two symmetrical circular-arc airfoils of 6 and 10 percent thickness equipped with leading-edge and trailing-edge high-lift devices. A trialing-edge flap, drooped-nose flap, and leading-edge extensible flap were all tested. Results regarding the plain airfoils, airfoils with high-lift devices, combined deflection of high-lift devices, and low-drag-control flaps are provided.
Date: March 12, 1947
Creator: Underwood, William J. & Nuber, Robert J.
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High-speed wind-tunnel tests of a 1/16-scale model of the D-558 research airplane basic longitudinal stability of the D-558-1

Description: Report presenting the results of testing on a model of the D-558-1 in order to determine its pitching-moment, lift, and drag characteristics with no nose-inlet flow, and with the tail removed and at a constant setting. Only a limited analysis is provided.
Date: May 12, 1948
Creator: Wright, John B.
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Preliminary investigation of two full-scale propellers to determine the effect of swept-back blade tips on propeller aerodynamic characteristics

Description: Report presenting an investigation of two 10-foot-diameter three-blade propellers to determine the effect of swept-back blade tips on propeller aerodynamic characteristics. Results regarding the effect of swept-back tips on maximum efficiency and constant-power propeller operation are provided.
Date: May 12, 1947
Creator: Evans, Albert J. & Klunker, E. Bernard
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Analytical and experimental investigation of 90 degrees supersonic turning passages suitable for supersonic compressors or turbines

Description: From Summary: "Four 90 degree two-dimensional turning passages designed by the method of characteristics were tested at an inlet Mach number of 1.71. The measured losses varied from 5 to 15 percent of the inlet stagnation pressure. The smallest loss was obtained for a passage in which separation on the convex surface was minimized through the introduction of a favorable pressure gradient."
Date: September 12, 1949
Creator: Liccini, Luke L.
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Flight investigation to determine the hinge moments of a beveled-edge aileron on a 45 degree sweptback wing at transonic and low supersonic speeds

Description: Report discussing testing of a model of the pilotless aircraft RM-1 to measure aileron hinge moments in flight in order to determine the reason for loss of roll stabilization at supercritical speeds in flight. The aileron was found to become quickly underbalanced over the full deflection range at supercritical speeds. Information about the general flight behavior, aileron hinge moments, and roll stabilization of the model is provided.
Date: November 12, 1947
Creator: Gardner, William N. & Curfman, Howard J., Jr.
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Investigation of Rim Cracking in Turbine Wheels with Welded Blades

Description: Rim cracking in turbine wheels with welded blades was evaluated. The problem is explained on the basis of the occurrence of plastic flow in the rim during transient starting conditions when thermal compressive stresses resulting from high-temperature gradients exceed the proportional elastic limit of the material.
Date: February 12, 1947
Creator: Millenson, M. B. & Manson, S. S.
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Correlation of the characteristics of single-cylinder and flight engines in tests of high-performance fuels in an air-cooled engine II : knock-limited charge-air flow and cylinder temperatures

Description: An investigation was conducted to correlate the knock limited performance of flight and single-cylinder engines under a variety of operating conditions.
Date: October 12, 1945
Creator: Brown, Kenneth D.; Richard, Paul H. & Wilson, Robert W.
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