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Heat Energy of Various Ignition Sparks

Description: "This report describes a method developed at the Bureau of Standards for measuring the total energy liberated as heat in a spark gap by an ignition system. Since this heat energy is obtained from the electromagnetic energy stored in the windings of the magneto or coil, it is a measure of the effectiveness of the device as an electric generator" (p. 3).
Date: 1920
Creator: Silsbee, F. B.; Loeb, L. B. & Fonseca, E. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Properties and Preparation of Ceramic Insulators for Spark Plugs

Description: Report describes in detail the preliminary experiments which were made on the conductivity of spark-plug insulators in order to develop a satisfactory comparative method for testing various spark-plug materials. Materials tested were cements, porcelain, feldspar, and quartz.
Date: 1920
Creator: Silsbee, F. B.; Honaman, R. K.; Fonseca, E. L.; Bleininger, A. V. & Staley, H.F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Spark Plug Defects and Tests

Description: The successful operation of the spark plug depends to a large extent on the gas tightness of the plug. Part 1 of this report describes the method used for measuring the gas tightness of aviation spark plugs. Part 2 describes the methods used in testing the electrical conductivity of the insulation material when hot. Part 3 describes the testing of the cold dielectric strength of the insulation material, the resistance to mechanical shock, and the final engine test.
Date: 1920
Creator: Silsbee, F. B.; Loeb, L. B.; Sawyer, L. G.; Fonseca, E. L.; Dickinson, H. C. & Agnew, P. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department