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- The Theory of the Pitot and Venturi Tubes, Part 2
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- Elements of the Wing Section Theory and of the Wing Theory
- Results are presented of the theory of wings and of wing sections which are of immediate practical value. They are proven and demonstrated by the use of the simple conceptions of kinetic energy and momentum only.
- Flow and Drag Formulas for Simple Quadrics
- The pressure distribution and resistance found by theory and experiment for simple quadrics fixed in an infinite uniform stream of practically incompressible fluid are calculated. The experimental values pertain to air and some liquids, especially water; the theoretical refer sometimes to perfect, again to viscid fluids. Formulas for the velocity at all points of the flow field are given. Pressure and pressure drag are discussed for a sphere, a round cylinder, the elliptic cylinder, the prolate and oblate spheroid, and the circular disk. The velocity and pressure in an oblique flow are examined.
- Flow and Force Equations for a Body Revolving in a Fluid
- A general method for finding the steady flow velocity relative to a body in plane curvilinear motion, whence the pressure is found by Bernoulli's energy principle is described. Integration of the pressure supplies basic formulas for the zonal forces and moments on the revolving body. The application of the steady flow method for calculating the velocity and pressure at all points of the flow inside and outside an ellipsoid and some of its limiting forms is presented and graphs those quantities for the latter forms. In some useful cases experimental pressures are plotted for comparison with theoretical. The pressure, and thence the zonal force and moment, on hulls in plane curvilinear flight are calculated. General equations for the resultant fluid forces and moments on trisymmetrical bodies moving through a perfect fluid are derived. Formulas for potential coefficients and inertia coefficients for an ellipsoid and its limiting forms are presented.
- General Potential Theory of Arbitrary Wing Sections
- The problem of determining the two dimensional potential flow around wing sections of any shape is examined. The problem is condensed into the compact form of an integral equation capable of yielding numerical solutions by a direct process. An attempt is made to analyze and coordinate the results of earlier studies relating to properties of wing sections. The existing approximate theory of thin wing sections and the Joukowski theory with its numerous generalizations are reduced to special cases of the general theory of arbitrary sections, permitting a clearer perspective of the entire field. The method which permits the determination of the velocity at any point of an arbitrary section and the associated lift and moments is described. The method is also discussed in terms for developing new shapes of preassigned aerodynamical properties.
- General Theory of Aerodynamic Instability and the Mechanism of Flutter
- The aerodynamic forces on an oscillating airfoil or airfoil-aileron combination of three independent degrees of freedom were determined. The problem resolves itself into the solution of certain definite integrals, which were identified as Bessel functions of the first and second kind, and of zero and first order. The theory, based on potential flow and the Kutta condition, is fundamentally equivalent to the conventional wing section theory relating to the steady case. The air forces being known, the mechanism of aerodynamic instability was analyzed. An exact solution, involving potential flow and the adoption of the Kutta condition, was derived. The solution is of a simple form and is expressed by means of an auxiliary parameter k. The flutter velocity, treated as the unknown quantity, was determined as a function of a certain ratio of the frequencies in the separate degrees of freedom for any magnitudes and combinations of the airfoil-aileron parameters.
- Graphic Construction of Joukowski Wings
- A plot of the cross sectional outline of a Joukowski wing is presented.
- The Inertia Coefficients of an Airship in a Frictionless Fluid
- The apparent inertia of an airship hull is examined. The exact solution of the aerodynamical problem is studied for hulls of various shapes with special attention given to the case of an ellipsoidal hull. So that the results for the ellipsoidal hull may be readily adapted to other cases, they are expressed in terms of the area and perimeter of the largest cross section perpendicular to the direction of motion by means of a formula involving a coefficient kappa which varies only slowly when the shape of the hull is changed, being 0.637 for a circular or elliptic disk, 0.5 for a sphere, and about 0.25 for a spheroid of fineness ratio. The case of rotation of an airship hull is investigated and a coefficient is defined with the same advantages as the corresponding coefficient for rectilinear motion.
- The Minimum Induced Drag of Aerofoils
- Equations are derived to demonstrate which distribution of lifting elements result in a minimum amount of aerodynamic drag. The lifting elements were arranged (1) in one line, (2) parallel lying in a transverse plane, and (3) in any direction in a transverse plane. It was shown that the distribution of lift which causes the least drag is reduced to the solution of the problem for systems of airfoils which are situated in a plane perpendicular to the direction of flight.
- Pressure Distribution on Joukowski Wings
- The hydrodynamics and mathematical models as applied to the potential flow about a Joukowski wing are presented.
- Remarks on the Pressure Distribution over the Surface of an Ellipsoid, Moving Translationally Through a Perfect Fluid
- The pressure distribution over ellipsoids when in translatory motion through a perfect fluid is calculated. A method to determine the magnitude of the velocity and of the pressure at each point of the surface of an ellipsoid of rotation is described.
- The Aerodynamic Forces on Airship Hulls
- The new method for making computations in connection with the study of rigid airships, which was used in the investigation of Navy's ZR-1 by the special subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics appointed for this purpose is presented. The general theory of the air forces on airship hulls of the type mentioned is described and an attempt was made to develop the results from the very fundamentals of mechanics.
- Applications of Modern Hydrodynamics to Aeronautics. Part 1: Fundamental Concepts and the Most Important Theorems. Part 2: Applications
- A discussion of the principles of hydrodynamics of nonviscous fluids in the case of motion of solid bodies in a fluid is presented. Formulae are derived to demonstrate the transition from the fluid surface to a corresponding 'control surface'. The external forces are compounded of the fluid pressures on the control surface and the forces which are exercised on the fluid by any solid bodies which may be inside of the control surfaces. Illustrations of these formulae as applied to the acquisition of transformations from a known simple flow to new types of flow for other boundaries are given. Theoretical and experimental investigations of models of airship bodies are presented.
- An approximate spin design criterion for monoplanes, 1 May 1939
- An approximate empirical criterion, based on the projected side area and the mass distribution of the airplane, was formulated. The British results were analyzed and applied to American designs. A simpler design criterion, based solely on the type and the dimensions of the tail, was developed; it is useful in a rapid estimation of whether a new design is likely to comply with the minimum requirements for safety in spinning.
- Methods of analyzing wind-tunnel data for dynamic flight conditions
- The effects of power on the stability and the control characteristics of an airplane are discussed and methods of analysis are given for evaluating certain dynamic characteristics of the airplane that are not directly discernible from wind tunnel tests alone. Data are presented to show how the characteristics of a model tested in a wind tunnel are affected by power. The response of an airplane to a rolling and a yawing disturbance is discussed, particularly in regard to changes in wing dihedral and fin area. Solutions of the lateral equations of motion are given in a form suitable for direct computations. An approximate formula is developed that permits the rapid estimation of the accelerations produced during pull-up maneuvers involving abrupt elevator deflections.
- Spin tests of a low-wing monoplane to investigate scale effect in the model test range, May 1941
- Concurrent tests were performed on a 1/16 and a 1/20 scale model (wing spans of 2.64 and 2.11 ft. respectively) of a modern low wing monoplane in the NACA 15 foot free-spinning wind tunnel. Results are presented in the form of charts that afford a direct comparison between the spins of the two models for a number of different conditions. Qualitatively, the same characteristic effects of control disposition, mass distribution, and dimensional modifications were indicated by both models. Quantitatively, the number of turns for recover and the steady spin parameters, with the exception of the inclination of the wing to the horizontal, were usually in good agreement.
- Spin-Tunnel Investigation of a 1/28-Scale Model of a Subsonic Attack Airplane
- An investigation has been made of a 1/28-scale model of the Grumman A-6A airplane in the Langley spin tunnel. The erect spin and recovery characteristics of the model were determined for the flight design gross weight loading and for a loading with full internal fuel and empty external wing fuel tanks. The effects of extending slats and deflecting flaps were investigated. Inverted-spin and recovery characteristics of the model were determined for the flight design gross weight loading. The size of the spin-recovery tail parachute necessary to insure satisfactory spin-recovery was determined, and the effect of firing wing-mounded rockets during spins was investigated.
- Spin Tunnel Investigation of a 1/30 Scale Model of the North American A-5A Airplane
- An investigation has been made in the Langley spin tunnel to determine the erect and inverted spin and recovery characteristics of a 1/30-scale dynamic model of the North American A-5A airplane. Tests were made for the basic flight design loading with the center of gravity at 30-percent mean aerodynamic chord and also for a forward position and a rearward position with the center of gravity at 26-percent and 40-percent mean aerodynamic chord, respectively. Tests were also made to determine the effect of full external wing tanks on both wings, and of an asymmetrical condition when only one full tank is carried.
- Performance of a Single Fuel-vaporizing Combustor With Six Injectors Adapted for Gaseous Hydrogen
- Single fuel-vaporizing combustor with injectors adapted for gaseous hydrogen.
- Some Research on the Lift and Stability of Wing-Body Combinations
- The present paper summarizes and correlates broadly some of the research results applicable to fin-stabilized ammunition. The discussion and correlation are intended to be comprehensive, rather than detailed, in order to show general trends over the Mach number range up to 7.0. Some discussion of wings, bodies, and wing-body interference is presented, and a list of 179 papers containing further information is included. The present paper is intended to serve more as a bibliography and source of reference material than as a direct source of design information.
- Preliminary analysis of hydrogen-rich hypersonic ramjet operation
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- An analytical evaluation of the effects of an aerodynamic modification and of stability augmenters on the pitch behavior and probable pilot opinion of two current fighter airplanes
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- Effects of components and various modifications on the drag and the static stability and control characteristics of a 42 deg swept-wing fighter-airplane model at Mach numbers of 1.60 to 2.50
- Wind tunnel testing of swept wing fighter aircraft model for determining drag and static longitudinal and lateral stability and control characteristics.
- Boundary-layer Displacement Effects in Air at Mach Numbers of 6.8 and 9.6
- Boundary layer displacement effects in air at mach 6.8 and 9.6.
- Forty-Fourth Annual Report of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Administrative Report Including Technical Reports Nos. 1342 to 1392
- In accordance with act of Congress, approved March 3, 1915, as amended (U.S.C., title 50, .sw 151), which established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the Committee submits its Forty-fourth Annual Report for the fiscal year 1958. This is the Committee's final report to the Congress. The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (Public Law 85-568) provides in section 301 that the NACA "shall cease to exist" and "all functions, powers, duties, and obligations, and all real and personal property, personnel (other than members of the Committee), funds, and records of the NACA shall be transferred to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The aforesaid act provides that "this section shall take effect 90 days after the date of the enactment of this act, or on any earlier date on which the Administrator shall determining and announce by proclamation published in the Federal Register, that the Administration has been organized and is prepared to discharge the duties and exercise the power conferred upon it by this act." The Administrator, Hon. T. Keith Glennan has advised the Committee of his intention to issue such proclamation, effective October 1,1958.
- One-dimensional flows of an imperfect diatomic gas
- With the assumptions that Berthelot's equation of state accounts for molecular size and intermolecular force effects, and that changes in the vibrational heat capacities are given by a Planck term, expressions are developed for analyzing one-dimensional flows of a diatomic gas. The special cases of flow through normal and oblique shocks in free air at sea level are investigated. It is found that up to a Mach number 10 pressure ratio across a normal shock differs by less than 6 percent from its ideal gas value; whereas at Mach numbers above 4 the temperature rise is considerable below and hence the density rise is well above that predicted assuming ideal gas behavior. It is further shown that only the caloric imperfection in air has an appreciable effect on the pressures developed in the shock process considered. The effects of gaseous imperfections on oblique shock-flows are studied from the standpoint of their influence on the life and pressure drag of a flat plate operating at Mach numbers of 10 and 20. The influence is found to be small. (author).
- Combustor performance with various hydrogen-oxygen injection methods in a 200-pound-thrust rocket engine
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- Off-Design Performance of Divergent Ejectors
- Off-design performance of divergent ejectors.
- Off-design performance of divergent ejectors
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- Rocket-model investigation to determine the lift and pitching effectiveness of small pulse rockets exhausted from the fuselage over the surface of an adjacent wing at Mach numbers from 0.9 to 1.8
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- Screaming tendency of the gaseous-hydrogen - liquid-oxygen propellant combination
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- Use of highly reactive chemical additives to improve afterburner performance at altitude
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- Use of highly reactive chemical additives to improve afterburner performance at altitude
- Liquid hydrogen and aluminum trimethyl as highly reactive chemical additives in turbojet afterburner to promote fuel combustion process.
- Some notes on the probable damage to an intercontinental-ballistic-missile warhead following puncture of the heat shield
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- Analysis of pressure data obtained at transonic speeds on a thin low-aspect-ratio cambered delta wing-body combination
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- Heat Transfer Measured in Free Flight on a Slightly Blunted 25 deg Cone-Cylinder-Flare Configuration at Mach Numbers up to 9.89
- Skin temperature and surface pressure of blunted cone-cylinder-flare configuration free flight test vehicle to hypersonic speeds.
- Large-scale wind-tunnel tests of a jet-transport-type model with leading- and trailing-edge high-lift devices
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- Static and dynamic-rotary stability derivatives of an airplane model with an unswept wing and a high horizontal tail at Mach numbers of 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5
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- Effect of spike-tip and cowl-lip blunting on inlet performance of a Mach 3.0 external- compression inlet
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- Effect of spike-tip and cowl-lip blunting on inlet performance of a Mach 3.0 external-compression inlet
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- Experimental investigation of effect of spike- tip and cowl-lip blunting on the internal performance of a two-cone cylindrical-cowl inlet at mach number 4.95
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- Experimental Study of Ballistic-Missile Base Heating with Operating Rocket
- A rocket of the 1000-pound-thrust class using liquid oxygen and JP-4 fuel as propellant was installed in the Lewis 8- by 6-foot tunnel to permit a controlled study of some of the factors affecting the heating of a rocket-missile base. Temperatures measured in the base region are presented from findings of three motor extension lengths relative to the base. Data are also presented for two combustion efficiency levels in the rocket motor. Temperature as high as 1200 F was measured in the base region because of the ignition of burnable rocket gases. combustibles that are dumped into the base by accessories seriously aggravate the base-burning temperature rise.
- Investigation of Inlet Control Parameters for an External-Internal-Compression Inlet from Mach 2.1 to 3.0
- Investigation of the control parameters of an external-internal compression inlet indicates that the cowl-lip shock provides a signal to position the spike and to start the inlet over a Mach number range from 2.1 to 3.0. Use of a single fixed probe position to control the spike over the range of conditions resulted in a 3.7-count loss in total-pressure recovery at Mach 3.0 and 0 deg angle of attack. Three separate shock-sensing-probe positions were required to set the spike for peak recovery from Mach 2.1 to 3.0 and angles of attack from 0 deg to 6 deg. When the inlet was unstarted, an erroneous signal was obtained from the normal-shock control through most of the starting cycle that prevented the inlet from starting. Therefore, it was necessary to over-ride the normal-shock control signal and not allow the control to position the terminal shock until the spike was positioned.
- A Flight Study of the Effects of Noise Filtering in the Attack Display on the Pilot's Tracking Performance
- Effects of manual attack-display noise filtering on pilot tracking performance.
- Aerodynamic performance and static stability and control of flat-top hypersonic gliders at Mach numbers from 0.6 to 18
- Aerodynamic performance characteristics and static stability and control of hypersonic glider with arrow planform wings.
- Aerodynamic performance and static stability and control of flat-top hypersonic gliders at Mach numbers from 0.6 to 18
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- Investigation of Wingless Missile Configurations with Folding Controls and Low-Aspect-Ratio Stabilizing Surfaces
- Wind tunnel tests of wingless low aspect ratio folding control missile configurations.
- Measurements of the buffeting loads on the wing and horizontal tail of a 1/4-scale model of the X-1E airplane
- The buffeting loads acting on the wing and horizontal tail of a 1/4-scale model of the X-1E airplane have been measured in the Langley 16-foot transonic tunnel in the Mach number range from 0.40 to 0.90. When the buffeting loads were reduced to a nondimensional aerodynamic coefficient of buffeting intensity, it was found that the maximum buffeting intensity of the horizontal tail was about twice as large as that of the wing. Comparison of power spectra of buffeting loads acting on the horizontal tail of the airplaneand of the model indicated that the model horizontal tail, which was of conventional force-test-model design, responded in an entirely different mode than did the airplane.This result implied that if quantitative extrapolation of model data to flight conditions were desired a dynamically scaled model of the rearward portion of the fuselage and empennage would be required. A study of the sources of horizontal-tail buffeting of the model indicated that the wing wake contributed a large part of the total buffeting load. At one condition it was found that removal of the wing wake would reduce the buffeting loads on the horizontal tail to about one-third of the original value.
- Stability investigation of a blunt cone and a blunt cylinder with a square base at Mach numbers from 0.64 to 2.14
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- Design and Experimental Investigation of a Single-stage Turbine With a Rotor Entering Relative Mach Number of 2
- Design of single-stage turbine for rotor entering at supersonic speed - performance characteristics.