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Air forces on airfoils moving faster than sound

Description: We are undertaking the task of computing the air forces on a slightly cambered airfoil in the absence of friction and with an infinite aspect ratio. We also assume in advance that the leading edge is very sharp and that its tangent lies in the direction of motion.
Date: June 1925
Creator: Ackeret, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Recent experiments at the Gottingen Aerodynamic Institute

Description: This report presents the results of various experiments carried out at the Gottingen Aerodynamic Institute. These include: experiments with Joukowski wing profiles; experiments on an airplane model with a built-in motor and functioning propeller; and the rotating cylinder (Magnus Effect).
Date: July 1925
Creator: Ackeret, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Coal-Mine Fatalities in the United States, 1924

Description: Report compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Mines including statistics on fatalities in coal mines located in the United States as well as data regarding the various operations (e.g., number of miners employed and average production). The information is organized into tables for comparison and the text draws some overall conclusions in the summary.
Date: 1925
Creator: Adams, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quarry Accidents in the United States During the Calendar Year 1923

Description: Report published by the U.S. Bureau of Mines which is a compilation of accidents in quarries located in the United States with data regarding the number and kinds of accidents as well as information about the mining operations (e.g., number of men employed, kinds of quarries, amount of work performed, etc.).
Date: 1925
Creator: Adams, William W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Strength calculations on airplanes

Description: Every strength calculation, including those on airplanes, must be preceded by a determination of the forces to be taken into account. In the following discussion, it will be assumed that the magnitudes of these forces are known and that it is only a question of how, on the basis of these known forces, to meet the prescribed conditions on the one hand and the practical requirements on the other.
Date: December 1, 1925
Creator: Baumann, A
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Astronomical methods in aerial navigation

Description: The astronomical method of determining position is universally used in marine navigation and may also be of service in aerial navigation. The practical application of the method, however, must be modified and adapted to conform to the requirements of aviation. Much of this work of adaptation has already been accomplished, but being scattered through various technical journals in a number of languages, is not readily available. This report is for the purpose of collecting under one cover such previous work as appears to be of value to the aerial navigator, comparing instruments and methods, indicating the best practice, and suggesting future developments. The various methods of determining position and their application and value are outlined, and a brief resume of the theory of the astronomical method is given. Observation instruments are described in detail. A complete discussion of the reduction of observations follows, including a rapid method of finding position from the altitudes of two stars. Maps and map cases are briefly considered. A bibliography of the subject is appended.
Date: 1925
Creator: Beij, K. Hilding
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A method for the direct determination of wing-section drag

Description: In order that the method may be more easily understood, we will first consider the simpler case when there is no lift, but only drag, and when the streamlines at the measuring point behind the obstacle are nearly parallel. Moreover, the flow is assumed not to deviate much from the two-dimensional flow.
Date: November 1925
Creator: Betz, A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pressure Distribution on Joukowski Wings and Graphic Construction of Joukowski Wings

Description: In the first article, in connection with a lecture on the hydrodynamic basis of flight and the potential flow about a Joukowski wing, the pressure distribution on several wings is computed and plotted. The diagrams of the pressure distributions are presented accompanied with a qualitative discussion of the pressure distribution. In the second article, the the cross-sectional outline (or profile) a Joukowski wing are plotted.
Date: October 1, 1925
Creator: Blumenthal, Otto & Trefftz, E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sources of Limestone, Gypsum, and Anhydrite for Dusting Coal Mines to Prevent Explosions

Description: From Preface: "The writer began testing the rock-dusting method for the Bureau of Mines at the Pittsburgh gallery in 1909, and later continued such testing in the bureau's experimental mine, with favorable results. Beginning in 1911 the bureau issued reports recommending rock dusting as alternative to watering."
Date: 1925
Creator: Bowles, Oliver
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Aerodynamic characteristics of airfoils at high speeds

Description: From Summary: "This report deals with an experimental investigation of the aerodynamical characteristics of airfoils at high speeds. Lift, drag, and center of pressure measurements were made on six airfoils of the type used by the air service in propeller design, at speeds ranging from 550 to 1,000 feet per second. The results show a definite limit to the speed at which airfoils may efficiently be used to produce lift, the lift coefficient decreasing and the drag coefficient increasing as the speed approaches the speed of sound. The change in lift coefficient is large for thick airfoil sections (camber ratio 0.14 to 0.20) and for high angles of attack. The change is not marked for thin sections (camber ratio 0.10) at low angles of attack, for the speed range employed. At high speeds the center of pressure moves back toward the trailing edge of the airfoil as the speed increases. The results indicate that the use of tip speeds approaching the speed of sound for propellers of customary design involves a serious loss in efficiency."
Date: 1925~
Creator: Briggs, L. J.; Hull, G. F. & Dryden, H. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Motor-Vehicle Headlighting

Description: Report issued by the Bureau of Standards discussing the improved illumination of night-time driving with the use of vehicle head-lighting. Methods of construction and adjustment information are presented. This report includes tables, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: 1925
Creator: Carlson, R. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Investigation of Slipstream Velocity

Description: "These experiments were made at the request of the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, to investigate the velocity of the air in the slipstream in horizontal and climbing flight to determine the form of expression giving the slipstream velocity in terms of the airspeed of the airplane. The method used consisted in flying the airplane both on a level course and in climb at full throttle and measuring the slipstream velocity at seven points in the slipstream for the whole speed range of the airplane in both conditions. In general the results show that for both condition, horizontal and climbing flights, the slipstream velocity v subscript 3 and airspeed v can be represented by straight lines and consequently the equations are of the form: v subscript s = mv+b where m and b are constant" (p. 199).
Date: January 1925
Creator: Crowley, J. W., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Determination of turning characteristics of an airship by means of a camera obscura

Description: This investigation was carried out by the National Advisory Committee at Langley Field for the purpose of determining the adaptability of the camera obscura to the securing of turning characteristics of airships, and also of obtaining some of those characteristics of the C-7 airship. The method consisted in flying the airship in circling flight over a camera obscura and photographing it at known time intervals. The results show that the method used is highly satisfactory and that for the particular maneuver employed the turning diameter is 1,240 feet, corresponding to a turning coefficient of 6.4, and that the position of zero angle of yaw is at the nose of the airship.
Date: 1925
Creator: Crowley, J. W., Jr. & Freeman, R. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Characteristics of a single float seaplane during take-off

Description: At the request of the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field is investigating the get-away characteristics of an N-9H, a DT-2, and an F-5l, as representing, respectively, a single float, a double float, and a boat type of seaplane. This report covers the investigation conducted on the N-9H. The results show that a single float seaplane trims aft in taking off. Until a planing condition is reached the angle of attack is about 15 degrees and is only slightly affected by controls. When planing it seeks a lower angle, but is controllable through a widening range, until at the take-off it is possible to obtain angles of 8 degrees to 15 degrees with corresponding speeds of 53 to 41 M. P. H. or about 40 per cent of the speed range. The point of greatest resistance occurs at about the highest angle of a pontoon planing angle of 9 1/2 degrees and at a water speed of 24 M. P. H.
Date: January 1925
Creator: Crowley, J. W., Jr. & Ronan, K. M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Legendary "White Metal" and its "Ore"

Description: Report concerning stories about claims of a "white metal" extracted from an "ore" found packed around pieces of iron or steel. It includes information about various tests conducted about the validity of these claims and their findings.
Date: December 1925
Creator: Davis, C. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The application of propeller test data to design and performance calculations

Description: From Summary: "This report is a study of a test data on a family of Durand's propellers (nos. 3, 7, 11, 82, 113, 139), which is fairly representative of conventional design. The test data are so plotted that the proper pitch and diameters for any given set of conditions are readily obtained. The same data are plotted in other forms which may be used for calculating performance when the ratio of pitch to diameter is known. These new plots supply a means for calculating the performance, at any altitude, of airplanes equipped with normal or supercharged engines."
Date: January 1925
Creator: Diehl, Walter S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Charts for graphical estimation of airplane performance

Description: This report contains a series of charts which were developed in order to simplify the estimation of airplane performance. Charts are given for estimating propeller diameter and efficiency, maximum speed, initial rate of climb, absolute ceiling, service ceiling, climb in 10 minutes, time to climb to any altitude, maximum speed at any altitude, and endurance. A majority of these charts are based on the equations given in NACA Technical Report no. 173. Plots of pressure and density against altitude in standard air are also given for convenience. It must be understood that the charts giving propeller diameter, maximum speed, initial rate of climb, absolute ceiling, and speeds at altitudes are approximations subject to considerable error under certain conditions. These particular charts should not be used as a substitute for detailed calculations when accuracy is required, as, for example, in military proposals. (author).
Date: January 1925
Creator: Diehl, Walter S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department