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Report on Reserves and Production Situation of Vanadiferous and Related Ores in Colorado Plateau Region

Description: From introduction: The general distribution of known deposits of vanadium-bearing sandstone, which also contain some uranium and radium, is shown in figure 1 1/ and Exhibit A, plate 53. 2/ During 1939-41 the Geological Survey made detailed geological studies of these deposits in the Uravan district, Montrose County, Colorado, as well as preliminary examinations in other parts of the Colorado Plateau vanadium region. In 1942 detailed geological studies were made o the deposits in the Egnar-Slick Rock district, San Miguel Co., Colo.; 3/ the Carrizo Moungains district, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona and New Mexico; 4/ the Placerville district, San Miguel County, Colo. 5/ and the Monticello district, San Juan Co., Utah. 6/ Since May 3, 1943, the Gelogical Survey has guided the Bureau of Mines program of prospecting these deposits in parts of Colorado and Utah.
Date: October 10, 1943
Creator: Fischer, Richard P. & Stokes, William Lee

Memorandum Listing the Areas in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico that are Geologically Favorable for Developing Large Reserves of Vanadium Ore by Prospecting

Description: Introduction: Vanadium ore is being mined at many places in western Colorado, southeastern Utah, northeastern Arizona, and northwestern New Mexico (fig. 1). Eight mills in this region produced about 4,300,000 pounds of V2 05 in 1942, representing about 90 percent of the vanadium obtained from domestic sources. Although ore production has mostly exceeded mill capacity since 1937, production during the last half of 1942 averaged only about 19,000 tons or ore a month, whereas the capacity of these mills total about 22,000 tons a month. At the expected rate of ore production, ore stockpiles will be exhausted sometime in 1944, and these mills will then have excess capacity. With more intensive prospecting than now practiced, however, it is believed that sufficient reserves can be indicated to sustain capacity operation of these mills for several years. This memorandum is prepared to specify those areas that are considered most favorable from a geologic standpoint for developing large reserves of vanadium ore by prospecting. It is based on intensive studies by the Geological Survey since 1939 in most of the areas that produce vanadium ore.
Date: April 10, 1943
Creator: Fischer, R. P.

Mollusca From the Miocene and Lower Pliocene of Virginia and North Carolina: Part 1. Pelecypoda

Description: Abstract: A brief sketch of the stratigraphy of the Miocene of Virginia and the Miocene and Pliocene of North Carolina was prepared by Dr. W. C. Mansfield before his death in July 1939. His purpose was "to provide a background of formational nomenclature" for the taxonomic treatment of the molluscan faunas. The physical nature and distribution of the upper Tertiary formations within those States are discussed, characteristic sections given, and diagnostic molluscan species listed. Part 1 of the systematic report covers the Pelecypoda. A monographic treatment is not attempted, but 132 previously known species are considered, and 62 new species and subspecies are described and figured.
Date: 1943
Creator: Gardner, Julia Anna

Manganiferous and Ferruginous Chert in Perry and Lewis Counties, Tennessee

Description: From abstract: Perry and Lewis Counties, east of the Tennessee River, in west-middle Tennessee, are underlain by nearly flat-lying rocks of Paleozoic age, with Mississippian cherty limestones forming the greater part of the surface of the western Highland Rim Plateau ridges. Near the summits of the ridges there is a fairly definite horizon in the chert that contains manganese and iron oxides in varying degrees of concentration. Weathering of the mineralized chert has produced widespread float on the hill slopes and in the beds of small spring branches, and the presence of this float, some of it rich enough for metallurgical manganese ore, has encouraged a search for promising deposits in place. In the present study 52 localities where the mineralized beds crop out or have been prospected were examined.
Date: 1943
Creator: Burchard, Ernest F.

The Coso Quicksilver District, Inyo County, California

Description: From abstract: The Coso quicksilver district, which is in the Coso Range, Inyo County, Calif., produced 231 flasks of quicksilver between 1935 and 1939. The quicksilver mineral, cinnabar, was not recognized in the district until 1929, although the hot springs near the deposits have been known since about 1875...The granitic rock on which much of the sinter rests is considerably altered. The cinnabar was deposited as films and grains in open spaces in the sinter, during one stage in a sequence of hot spring activities that still continues. The amount of sinter in the district is estimated to be about 1,800,000 tons. Although the greater part of this does not contain much cinnabar, the total quantity of such material is large enough to be of interest as a low-grade ore.
Date: 1943
Creator: Ross, Clyde P. & Yates, Robert G.

Geology of the Portage Pass Area, Alaska

Description: Abstract: The Portage Pass area is in south-central Alaska, and includes part of the narrow neck of land that joins the Kenai Peninsula with the mainland to the north. This region is in general mountainous, elevations ranging from sea level to more than 4,000 feet on the peaks bordering the area. Several glaciers, all of which are apparently receding, extend into the area. Vegetation, chiefly alder and cottonwood on the valley lowlands and some spruce and hemlock on the lower slopes, extends to an elevation of about 1,000 feet, above which the slopes are bare except for occasional clumps of brush. The bedrock of the entire area is slate, argillite, and graywacke, apparently part of the same great series that extends from the Kenai Peninsula into the Prince William Sound region and is at least in part of Cretaceous age. The only igneous rocks recognized in the area are a few acidic dikes and a small diabase dike. Small, irregular quartz veinlets are widespread. The structure is not only complex but, owing to extensive metamorphism, is in many places obscure. A general northeast strike and steep to vertical dips of both bedding and cleavage planes are the rule, but there appears to be some broad folding along steeply northeast-pitching axes. Although no large faults have been recognized, much movement has occurred along many small faults, shear zones, and bedding planes. All observed faults and shear zones trend northeastward. There are no mines in this area. Some mineralization of quartz veins was noted at a few places, and some prospecting has been done, but no workable deposits are known.
Date: 1943
Creator: Barnes, Farrell F.

Wind-tunnel investigation of control-surface characteristics 13: various flap overhangs used with a 30-percent-chord flap in an NACA 66-009 airfoil

Description: Report presenting force tests in two-dimensional flow made on an NACA 66-009 airfoil with a flap having a chord 30 percent of the airfoil chord and a tab having a chord 20 percent of the flap chord. A plain flap and flaps having overhangs of 35 and 50 percent of the flap chord were tested with two gap variations: sealed and unsealed. Results regarding lift, flap hinge moments, pitching moments, drag, and tab characteristics are provided.
Date: July 1943
Creator: Gillis, Clarence L.

Bearing tests of magnesium-alloy sheet

Description: From Summary: "Bearing tests of AM-3S, AM-52S, and AM-C57S magnesium-alloy sheet in various thicknesses and tempers were made. Bearing yield and ultimate strengths were determined and compared for various edge distances and for various ratios of loading-pin diameter to sheet thickness. Tensile strengths were determined and ratios of average bearing yield and ultimate strength to tensile strength are given."
Date: June 1943
Creator: Sharp, W. H. & Moore, R. L.

Torsion tests of 24S-T aluminum-alloy noncircular bar and tubing

Description: From Summary: "Tests of 24S-T aluminum alloy have been made to determine the yield and ultimate strengths in torsion of noncircular bar and tubing. An approximate basis for predicting these torsional strength characteristics has been indicated. The results show that the torsional stiffness and maximum shearing stresses within the elastic range may be computed quite closely by means of existing formulas based on mathematical analysis and the membrane analogy."
Date: January 1943
Creator: Moore, R. L. & Paul, D. A.

Torsional strength of aluminum-alloy round tubing

Description: Report presenting an analysis of existing data on aluminum-alloy tubing with a wide range of plastic properties in order to establish a useful empirical relationship between tensile yield and ultimate strengths, diameter-thickness ratios, and torsional strengths within the range of plastic buckling.
Date: January 1943
Creator: Moore, R. L.

Flight tests of a glider model towed by twin parallel towlines

Description: From Summary: "The stability characteristics of a glider towed by twin parallel towlines have been studied in the NACA free-flight tunnel. A preliminary theoretical analysis of the stability of a glider restrained from yawing was followed by an experimental investigation of the stability of a model towed from fixed tunnel points in such a way as to simulate tow in level flight. The results of the tests confirm the theoretical analysis and indicate that a pilotless, stable, towed-glider system is possible when twin parallel towcables are used."
Date: April 1943
Creator: Pitkin, Marvin & McKinney, Marion O., Jr.

An investigation of aircraft heaters IX: measured and predicted performance of two exhaust gas-air heat exchangers and an apparatus for evaluating exhaust gas-air heat exchangers

Description: Report presenting laboratory testing to determine the thermal output and pressure drop characteristics of the Airesearch and Solar fluted-type exhaust gas-air heat exchangers. The apparatus used in these tests consisted of a natural gas furnace of 3,000,000 Btu per hour thermal capacity, a centrifugal blower, and a system of ducting and various measuring devices. Results regarding the method of analysis, the Airesearch heat exchanger tests, the solar heat exchanger tests, and a comparison of the two heat exchangers are provided.
Date: March 1943
Creator: Boelter, L. M. K.; Miller, M. A.; Sharp, W. H.; Morrin, E. H.; Iversen, H. W. & Mason, W. E.

Wind-tunnel tests of four full-scale seaplane floats

Description: Report presenting wind tunnel testing of four full-scale seaplane floats to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of the floats and to evaluate several drag-reducing refinements. Four floats were investigated; two differed only in external details like flush rivets, while one was the type used on twin-float installations. The variation of lift, drag, and pitching moment with pitch angle are presented for each float.
Date: July 1943
Creator: Conway, Robert N. & Maynard, Julian D.

Operating temperatures of a sodium-cooled exhaust valve as measured by a thermocouple

Description: Report presents the results of a thermocouple installed in the crown of a sodium-cooled exhaust valve. The valve was tested in an air-cooled engine cylinder and valve temperatures under various engine operating conditions were determined. A temperature of 1337 degrees F. was observed at a fuel-air ratio of 0.064, a brake mean effective pressure of 179 pounds per square inch, and an engine speed of 2000 r.p.m. Fuel-air ratio was found to have a large influence on valve temperature, but cooling-air pressure and variation in spark advance had little effect. An increase in engine power by change of speed or mean effective pressure increased the valve temperature. It was found that the temperature of the rear-spark-plug bushing was not a satisfactory indication of the temperature of the exhaust valve.
Date: 1943
Creator: Sanders, J. C.; Wilsted, H. D. & Mulcahy, B. A.

NACA Radio Ground-Speed System for Aircraft

Description: Report presenting a method utilizing the Doppler effect on radio signals for determining the speed and distance traveled of an airplane. The method is called the NACA radio ground-speed system and uses the standard radio transmitter already found in most aircraft. Flight tests were made in which the method was used and the results were consisted with calibrated airspeed indications and stop-watch measurements.
Date: February 1943
Creator: Hastings, Charles E.

NACA procedure for flight tests of aileron characteristics of airplanes

Description: Report describes the standard procedure that NACA used for evaluating the aileron characteristics of airplanes. The variables measured in the testing are rolling velocity, aileron positions, aileron stick forces or tangential wheel force, indicated airspeed, altitude, free-air temperature, and rudder position. The step-by-step flight procedure is described and information regarding evaluation of the control data and general suggestions is included.
Date: July 1943
Creator: Johnson, Harold I.

Wind-tunnel vibration tests of dual-rotating propellers

Description: Report presenting vibration tests of six- and eight-blade tractor and seven- and eight-blade pusher dual-rotating propellers conducted in the 16-foot high-speed tunnel to determine the severity of vibrations excited by blade passages. Measurements of vibratory stresses were made for engine-speed ranges at low, intermediate, and high engine powers. Few vibrations caused by blade passages were detected, and those vibrations were not serious.
Date: September 1943
Creator: Miller, Mason F.

Wind-tunnel vibration tests of a four-blade single rotating pusher propeller

Description: Report presenting vibration tests of a four-blade single-rotating propeller operating in a simulated pusher condition performed because the combination of wake and downwash behind a wing might provide serious excitation for reactionless vibrations of propellers with four or more blades. Measurements of propeller vibratory stress were made for various airspeeds, engine speeds, and engine powers.
Date: June 1943
Creator: Miller, Mason F.

A preliminary study of machine-countersunk flush rivets subjected to a combined static and alternating shear load

Description: Report discusses the results of an investigation to study the effect of the height of a rivet head on the number of cycles required to cause failure of a machine-countersunk flush-riveted joint under a combined static and alternating shear load. A tight joint and a loose joint were tested and the number of cycles to failure and location of fatigue failure were compared.
Date: December 1943
Creator: Crate, Harold

The problem of longitudinal stability and control at high speeds

Description: In high-speed dives many airplanes exhibit a dangerous tendency to continue diving in spite of the application of large control forces. Wind-tunnel tests have confirmed that these difficulties are not peculiar to any particular configuration, so that the problem is of interest to all designers of high-speed airplanes. The purpose of this report is to acquaint designers with the cause of difficulties and with the means now known for their alleviation.
Date: 1943
Creator: Hood, Manley J. & Allen, H. Julian