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Interference effects of longitudinal flat plates on low-drag airfoils

Description: Three airfoils were tested with an intersecting flat plate normal to the span as a preliminary study of interference effects on airfoils. Small interference effects were noted on the first two airfoils, while larger effects were noted on the NACA 66,2-422 section, which had previously been shown to be unconservative with respect to separation. Airfoils known to be conservative should be used for inboard sections subject to nacelle and fuselage interference.
Date: November 1942
Creator: Abbott, Ira H.

Variation with Mach Number of Static and Total Pressures Through Various Screens

Description: Tests were conducted in the Langley 24-inch highspeed tunnel to ascertain the static-pressure and total-pressure losses through screens ranging in mesh from 3 to 12 wires per inch and in wire diameter from 0.023 to 0.041 inch. Data were obtained from a Mach number of approximately 0.20 up to the maximum (choking) Mach number obtainable for each screen. The results of this investigation indicate that the pressure losses increase with increasing Mach number until the choking Mach number, which can be computed, is reached. Since choking imposes a restriction on the mass rate of flow and maximum losses are incurred at this condition, great care must be taken in selecting the screen mesh and wire dimmeter for an installation so that the choking Mach number is.
Date: February 1, 1946
Creator: Adler, Alfred A.

Investigation of effects of various camouflage paints and painting procedures on the drag characteristics of an NACA 65(sub 421)-420, a = 1.0 airfoil section

Description: Report presenting an investigation of the effects of various camouflage paints and painting procedures on the drag characteristics of a low-drag airfoil in the two-dimensional low-turbulence pressure tunnel. While applying paint has generally been found to decrease smoothness and increase drag, the care taken in preparation and application of the paint seems to be the dominant influence on the drag. Testing occurred with several different types of paints and several different painting methods.
Date: July 1944
Creator: Braslow, Albert L.

A preliminary study of the effect of compressive load on the fairness of a low-drag wing specimen with Z-section stiffeners

Description: "A low-drag airfoil specimen was loaded in compression, and surveys of the fairness of the surface were made at different stresses as well as at zero load after successively higher stresses had been applied and removed. The tests reported and the discussion of the significance of the results obtained suggest a procedure for determining the probable outcome of a particular type of construction for a low-drag wing" (p. 1).
Date: January 1943
Creator: Jacobs, Eastman N.; Lundquist, Eugene E.; Davidson, Milton & Houbolt, John C.