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F-5-L boat seaplane: Comparative performance with direct and geared engines

Description: Comprehensive tests were made to compare the performance of the F-5-L Boat Seaplane fitted with direct drive and Liberty engines. Details are given on the test conditions. The conclusions of the comparison tests follow. 1) An F-5-L with geared engines takes off in approximately 90 percent of the time required for the same airplane with standard direct drive engines. An F-5-L with geared engines climbs in 20 minutes to an altitude approximately 20 percent greater than that obtained with the standard direct drive on the same airplane.
Date: October 1922
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Static stability of seaplane floats and hulls

Description: Values of lateral and longitudinal metacentric heights for various seaplanes were calculated by means of approximate formulae derived here. The data are given in tabular form. Upon plotting these metacentric heights against the corresponding gross weights, it appears that the metacentric height is approximately a straight line function of the gross weight.
Date: March 1924
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Surface area coefficients for airship envelopes

Description: "In naval architecture, it is customary to determine the wetted surface of a ship by means of some formula which involves the principal dimensions of the design and suitable constants. These formulas of naval architecture may be extended and applied to the calculation of the surface area of airship envelopes by the use of new values of the constants determined for this purpose. Surface area coefficients were calculated from the actual dimensions, surfaces, and volumes of 52 streamline bodies, which form a series covering the entire range of shapes used in the present aeronautical practice" (p. 1).
Date: February 1922
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

F-5-L Boat Seaplane: performance characteristics

Description: Performance characteristics for the F-5-L Boat Seaplane are given. Characteristic curves for the RAF-6 airfoil and the F-5-L wings, parasite resistance and velocity data, engine and propeller characteristics, effective and maximum horsepower, and cruising performance are discussed.
Date: October 1922
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Center of pressure coefficients for airfoils at high speeds

Description: "It has been customary to calculate the strength of the rear wing beam for the 'high speed' condition on the assumption that the center of pressure was at 0.50 of the wing chord. It can be shown that this assumption is not justified, regardless of the utility of a 'high speed' condition in strength calculations" (p. 1).
Date: April 1922
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Skin frictional resistance of plane surfaces in air: Abstract of recent German tests, with notes

Description: Given here is the most recent research on skin frictional resistance of plane surfaces in air that was conducted by Dr. Wieselsberger under the direction of Dr. Prandtl of Gottingen University. In all, 16 models were tested. These were divided into four groups, as follows: 1) cloth, in the original condition; 2) cloth, with the nap singed off; 3) cloth, with three coats of dope; and 4) cloth, with six coats of dope. Each group consisted of four models of uniform width, 1 meter, and of lengths of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 meters.
Date: July 1922
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Notes on the design of ailerons

Description: "Recent data have shown that certain forms or types of ailerons that are in extensive use are in reality quite inefficient and entirely unsuited for the high speeds now realized. The same data indicate that two forms (both shown here) are efficient and satisfactory in every way. The most important characteristics of ailerons are effectiveness under all flight conditions, small moments about the hinge, high efficiency (small yawing moment opposing turn), and simplicity in construction. Information required for the design of ailerons is given for chord, span, area, and plan form" (p. 1).
Date: June 1923
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Considerations affecting the additional weight required in mass balance of ailerons

Description: "This paper is essentially a consideration of mass balance of ailerons from a preliminary design standpoint, in which the extra weight of the mass counterbalance is the most important phase of the problem. Equations are developed for the required balance weight for a simple aileron and this weight is correlated with the mass-balance coefficient. It is concluded the location of the c.g. of the basic aileron is of paramount importance and that complete mass balance imposes no great weight penalty if the aileron is designed to have its c.g. inherently near to the hinge axis" (p. 1).
Date: August 1937
Creator: Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tests on models of three British airplanes in the variable density wind tunnel

Description: "This report contains the results of tests made in the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics variable density wind tunnel on three airplane models supplied by the British Aeronautical Research Committee. These models, the BE-2E with R.A.F. 19 wings, the British Fighter with R.A.F. 15 wings, and the Bristol Fighter with R.A.F. 30 wings, were tested over a wide range in Reynolds numbers in order to supply data desired by the Aeronautical Research Committee for scale effect studies. The maximum lifts obtained in these tests are in excellent agreement with the published results of British tests, both model and full scale" (p. 451).
Date: April 5, 1927
Creator: Higgins, George J.; DeFoe, George L. & Diehl, W. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department