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Starting and performance characteristics of a large asymmetric supersonic free-jet facility

Description: Report presenting the characteristics of an asymmetric free-jet facility constructed to investigate a 48-inch-diameter ramjet engine and the associated asymmetric supersonic inlet and inlet diffuser. The design flow Mach number of 2.755 could not be established in the free-jet facility with dry inlet air at a temperature of 528 degrees Fahrenheit and overall pressure ratios up to 11.
Date: April 1, 1954
Creator: Seashore, Ferris L. & Hurrell, Herbert G.
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Supersonic nozzle design

Description: From Summary: "The theory of supersonic flow in nozzles is discussed, emphasis being placed on the physical rather than the mathematical point of view. Methods, both graphic and analytic, for designed nozzles are described together with a discussion of design factors. In addition, the analysis of given nozzle shapes to determine velocity distribution and possible existence of shock waves is considered."
Date: June 1948
Creator: Crown, J. Conrad
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Dynamic Similitude Between a Model and a Full-Scale Body for Model Investigation at Full-Scale Mach Number

Description: Note presenting an analysis for interpreting results of dynamic tests of a model investigated at full-scale Mach number in terms of the corresponding full-scale body. The analysis indicates that dynamic similarity for such a condition can be closely approximated although the effect of gravity is not to scale.
Date: March 1950
Creator: Neihouse, Anshal I. & Pepoon, Philip W.
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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.
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Influence of refraction on the applicability of the Zehnder-Mach interferometer to studies of cooled boundary layers

Description: Report presenting an analytical investigation to determine the applicability of the Zehnder-Mach interferometer to two-dimensional cooled-boundary-layer studies. The main factor governing a test section design other than flow characteristics is the estimate of how close to the wall the boundary layer need be studied.
Date: September 1951
Creator: Kinsler, Martin R.
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Characteristics of loads in rough air at transonic speeds of rocket-powered models of a canard and a conventional-tail configuration

Description: Report presenting results from flight tests at transonic speeds for a canard and a conventional-tail rocket-powered model in continuous rough air. The use of an airspeed-fluctuation instrument for measuring the turbulence intensity experienced is described as well as the resulting improvement in the technique of testing rocket models in rough air. The short-period frequency was dominant in the center-of-gravity normal-acceleration response for both models.
Date: March 1, 1955
Creator: Vitale, A. James
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Investigations and Tests in the Towing Basin at Guidonia

Description: The experimental methods at the Guidonia towing basin are discussed including specifications. Some of the components examined are the bridge towing carriage, side towing carriage, catapult installation, and dynamometer systems. Tests were performed on hulls and floats, as well as motor boats and torpedo shaped bodies. Theoretical investigations were also performed to determine pressure distributions on geometrically simple bodies, propagation of small wave motions, and planing and submerged surfaces.
Date: April 1939
Creator: Cremona, C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A Method for the Instantaneous Determination of the Velocity and Direction of the Wind

Description: The laboratory instruments, which we often constructed with makeshift means, gave encouraging results and showed that they could satisfactorily meet the required conditions. By limiting ourselves to the employment of hot wires of 0.05 mm (0.002 in.) diameter, we obtained instruments which faithfully followed all the wind fluctuations of over 0.1 second and even much more rapid variations without any very great error.
Date: June 1924
Creator: Huguenard, E.; Magnan, A. & Planiol, A.
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Method of Curved Models and Its Application to the Study of Curvilinear Flight of Airships: Part 1

Description: In the first part of this paper we shall present the theoretical side of the problem of constructing curved model forms and the method of testing the model. In the second part we shall present a detailed account of the first experiments according to the given method, carried out with a curved model of the nonrigid airship V-2, and a comparison of the experimental results with some data of full-scale tests made with this airship in 1933.
Date: June 1937
Creator: Gourjienko, G. A.
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Resume of the Activities of the Aeronautical Experimental Institute, Rome, During the Months of May, June, July and August 1921

Description: This report is a listing of the different studies conducted by the Institute in May thru August of 1921. The aerodynamical section studied: the aerodynamical characteristics of a very thick concave-convex wing; the disturbance caused in a tunnel by the presence of a disk, placed in relation with a transversely infinite barrier; vertical pressure in a wing of low head resistance; the drag caused by two small doors in the sides of the fuselage. Some other studies conducted by the Institute included: depressions in the interior of the model of a wing; the influence of a conical casing fitted with helicoidal flanges centered on the hub of the propeller; the influence of the velocity of translation on the aerodynamical effects of the propeller; and the influence of a honeycomb placed in the tunnel.
Date: July 1922
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Design of a Miniature Solid-Propellant Rocket

Description: "A miniature rocket motor was designed and developed to produce 3 ounces of thrust for a duration of 2 seconds. The rocket is simply designed, safe to operate, easily handled, and gives reproducible performance. Standard solid-propellant-rocket design techniques were found to be not wholly applicable to the design of miniature rockets because of excessive heat losses" (p. 1).
Date: March 1956
Creator: Heitkotter, Robert H.
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Flight Tests on Airplanes

Description: This report presents test procedures, methods, and instruments for flight testing of aircraft. Dynamic-pressure gauges are discussed at length.
Date: April 1926
Creator: Koppe, Heinrich
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Method Rendering It Possible, in Testing Airplane Wing Models at the Eiffel Laboratory, to Obtain Comparable Polars, Whether the Supports Are Attached to the Upper or Lower Side of Model

Description: Report presenting an examination of the errors that result from testing an aircraft model and applying the results to full-sized airplanes. An investigation is carried out to determine how to obtain comparable polars regardless of whether the supports are attached to the upper or lower side of the model.
Date: November 1922
Creator: Eiffel, G.
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The Dynamometer Hub for the Testing Propellers and Engines During Flight

Description: The need for a device to measure flight resistance, engine and propeller power, and efficiency during flight grew in proportion to the demand for increased flying capacity in military types of aircraft. Here, a dynamometer hub was inserted between the engine and the propeller. Taken as a whole, the tests that were conducted show that though the dynamometer is a sensitive instrument liable to numerous derangements, it is undeniably useful even in its present form, when handled with care and skill.
Date: July 1921
Creator: Enoch, O.
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Testing Airplanes in Flight: Determining Position of Resultant of Action of Air and Longitudinal Stability of an Airplane at Different Angles of Attack

Description: "Measurements made during flight with the triple recording device which gives the horizontal and vertical speeds of an airplane and the angle it makes with the horizon, render it possible to calculate its lift, its drag, and R the resultant of the action of the air both in magnitude and direction, but with these data alone, it is impossible to determine the position of this resultant in the plane of symmetry of the airplane. We will also see how we may determine the position of R during flight and then calculate the variations in the stability of an airplane" (p. 1).
Date: April 1922
Creator: Senouque, A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Testing of Aviation Engines Under Approximate Altitude Conditions

Description: Note presenting a description of the aviation testing laboratory that has been built at the Bureau of Standards in order to test aviation engines under approximate engine conditions. A description of some of the calculations that are used to compare experimental and theoretical results are provided.
Date: December 1924
Creator: DuBois, R. N.
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A Preliminary Investigation of a New Method for Testing Aerofoils in Free Flight

Description: "This report is a description of a new method of testing aerofoils in free flight devised by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The method consists in lowering below a flying airplane a large inverted aerofoil on three small steel wires in such a way that the lift on the aerofoil always keeps the wires tight. The resultant force is measured by the tension in the wires, and the direction of the resultant by the amount the wing trails backwards" (p. 1).
Date: January 1922
Creator: Norton, F. H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Some Aspects of the Comparison of Model and Full-Scale Tests

Description: This paper was delivered before the Royal Aeronautical Society as the 1925 Wilbur Wright Memorial lecture. It treats the subject of scale effect from the standpoint of the engineer rather than the physicist, in that it shows what compromises are necessary to secure satisfactory engineering model test data and how these test data compare with full scale or with theoretical values. The paper consists essentially of three parts: (1) a brief exposition of the theory of dynamic similarity, (2) application of the theory to airplane model tests, illustrated by test data on airfoils from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics variable-density wind tunnel, and (3) application of the theory to propeller testing, illustrated by comparisons of model and full-scale results.
Date: 1926
Creator: Taylor, D. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Technical Section of Aeronautics

Description: The duties of the Technical Section are listed along with facilities for testing. Different categories of tests are discussed and some sample results included.
Date: February 1923
Creator: Lesage, André
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department