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Flight tests of an airplane showing dependence of the maximum lift coefficient on the test conditions

Description: Data are presented to show the extent to which the maximum lift coefficient and consequently the minimum speed of an airplane, determined by flight tests, may vary with test conditions. The data show that cl-max may vary as much as 14 percent, depending on the altitude and wing loading at which the tests were made, the position or motion of the propeller, and the rate at which the angle of attack is changing when the maximum lift coefficient is obtained. The variation of the maximum lift coefficient with these factors, which are under the control of the test engineer, shows the need of standardizing the test procedure. A further variation is shown with wing conditions as affected by weathering and vibration, factors that cannot be completely controlled.
Date: November 1, 1937
Creator: Soule, H A & Hootman, James A
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A flight investigation of the reduction of aileron operating force by means of fixed tabs and differential linkage, with notes on linkage design

Description: Flight tests were made to demonstrate the particularity of employing fixed tabs in conjunction with a suitably designed differential linkage to reduce the force required to operate ailerons. The tests showed the system to be practicable with tabs of the inset type. The relative ineffectiveness of attached tabs for changing the aileron floating angle rendered them unsuitable. Experience gained in the investigation has indicated that the use of the system is limited to maximum deflections of one aileron relative to the other of less than 30 degrees and that the differential linkage should always be designed on the basis of the highest probable floating angle.
Date: June 1, 1938
Creator: Soule, H A & Hootman, James A
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comparative flight and full-scale wind-tunnel measurements of the maximum lift of an airplane

Description: Determinations of the power-off maximum lift of a Fairchild 22 airplane were made in the NACA full-scale wind tunnel and in flight. The results from the two types of test were in satisfactory agreement. It was found that, when the airplane was rotated positively in pitch through the angle of stall at rates of the order of 0.1 degree per second, the maximum lift coefficient was considerably higher than that obtained in the standard tests, in which the forces are measured with the angles of attack fixed. Scale effect on the maximum lift coefficient was also investigated.
Date: January 1, 1938
Creator: Silverstein, Abe; Katzoff, S & Hootman, James A
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department