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Shear tests on DuPont explosive rivets with the countersunk head milled flush after expansion

Description: Report discusses the results of shear testing in which the heads of Du Pont explosive countersunk rivets were allowed to protrude above the skin surface before expansion and the protruding portions were removed after expansion. As the height of the rivet head above the skin increases, the tightness of the rivet was found to increase. The report concludes that it may be desirable to investigating filling an entire shank with an explosive charge in order to permit greater tolerances in the drilled hole diameter and still have consistently tight rivets.
Date: May 1943
Creator: Gottieb, Robert & Bartone, Leonard M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tests of hydraulically expanded rivets

Description: Report discusses the results of an investigation into the tightness, shear strength, tensile strength, and life under pulsating loads of hollow, hydraulically expanded rivets made of 17S-T aluminum alloy. The countersunk-head rivets with inserts had a much higher maximum load in shear than the modified-roundhead rivets, which did not have inserts.
Date: March 1944
Creator: Mandel, Merven W.; Crate, Harold & Schuette, Evan H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comparative tests of the strength and tightness of commercial flush rivets of one type and NACA flush rivets in machine-countersunk and counterpunched joints

Description: Report discusses an investigation that was conducted to compare the strength and tightness of machine-countersunk flush-riveted joints assembled with NACA flush rivets and a type of commercial flush rivet. A comparison was also generated between the strength and tightness of counterpunched flush-riveted joints assembled with the same types of rivet. NACA's flush-riveted joints tended to be stronger and tighter than the commercial joints.
Date: February 1, 1944
Creator: Mandel, Merven W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Maximum rates of control motion obtained from ground tests

Description: Report discusses the results of testing to determine the maximum rates of control stick (elevator) motion and corresponding maximum stick forces that could be exerted based on experiments with several pilots. The main topics explored were the comparison of the maximum rates of push and pull, maximum rates of push and pull when a mental restriction was placed on the pilot, and maximum rates at which the pilot though he would apply the elevator control forces versus the actual application of forces. Information about experimental procedures and the rig the testing occurred on is included.
Date: May 1944
Creator: Beeler, De E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Some effects of propeller operation on the distribution of the load on the vertical tail surface of a typical pursuit airplane

Description: Report discusses the results of testing on the pressure distribution at several longitudinal sections of the vertical tail surface of the Curtiss P-40K airplane at various angles of attack and angles of yaw and with the propeller removed and propeller operating. Results regarding the chordwise pressure distributions, effects of propeller operation on the spanwise distribution of normal-force coefficient, total normal-force coefficients, and effect of propeller operation on the variation of vertical-tail normal-force coefficients are presented.
Date: March 1944
Creator: Sweberg, Harold H. & Dingeldein, Richard C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Calculation of stick forces for an elevator with a spring tab

Description: From Summary: "Formulas for the calculation of hinge-moment characteristics of an elevator with a spring tab have been developed in terms of basic aerodynamic parameters, spring stiffness, and airspeed. The formulas have been used in a study of the stick-force gradients on a pursuit airplane equipped with an elevator with a spring tab. Charts are presented showing the variation of stick-force gradient in accelerated flight over a large range of speed and the complete range of spring stiffness for various center-of-gravity locations, altitudes, and airplane sizes."
Date: June 1944
Creator: Greenberg, Harry
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Use of variable-ratio geared tabs to improve stick-force characteristics in turning flight

Description: Report discussing the use of variable-ratio geared tabs with an experimental elevator to improve stick-force characteristics in turning flight. The stick forces with the tabs were found to be satisfactory for a variety of center-of-gravity ranges. The ability of pilots to use the controls is also described.
Date: October 1945
Creator: Kleckner, Harold F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Variation of hydrodynamic impact loads with flight-path angle for a prismatic float at 3 degree trim and with a 22 1/2 degree angle of dead rise

Description: Report discusses the results of testing "to determine the relationship between impact normal acceleration and flight-path angle for seaplanes landing on smooth water" (from Summary). The testing was done with a model at high and low forward speeds at 3 degrees trim, a dead-angle rise of 22.5 degrees, and consistent weight.
Date: February 1945
Creator: Batterson, Sidney A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Variation of hydrodynamic impact loads with flight-path angle for a prismatic float at 12 degree trim and with a 22-1/2 degree angle of dead rise

Description: Report discusses the results of testing "to determine the relationship between impact normal acceleration and flight-path angle for seaplanes landing on smooth water" (from Summary). The tests were performed at 12 degrees trim, 22.5 degree angle of dead rise, and a total weight of 1100 pounds. The effect on the maximum impact normal acceleration and the effects of immersion on acceleration are described.
Date: February 1946
Creator: Batterson, Sidney A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Variation of hydrodynamic impact loads with flight-path angle for a prismatic float at 6 degrees and 9 degrees trim and a 22-1/2 degree angle of dead rise

Description: Report discusses the results of testing "to determine the relationship between impact normal acceleration and flight-path angle for seaplanes landing in smooth water" (from Summary). The tests were done at high and low forward speeds and trims at 6 degrees and 9 degrees, a 22.5 degree angle of dead rise, and a gross weight of 1100 pounds. Information about the forces acting on the aircraft and maximum depth of immersion and trim is provided.
Date: February 1946
Creator: Batterson, Sidney A. & Stewart, Thelma
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Theoretical and experimental dynamic loads for a prismatic float having an angle of dead rise of 22-1/2 degrees

Description: Report discusses the maximum load, time to reach maximum load, and variation of load with time for prismatic floats in order to improve understanding of hydrodynamic theory for the landing impact of seaplane floats. Comparison of theoretical and experimental results and their applicability to flight impact are provided.
Date: July 1945
Creator: Mayo, Wilbur L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Landing characteristics of a model of a flying boat with the depth of step reduced to zero by means of a retractable planing flap

Description: From Conclusion: "A model of a flying boat was tested to determine the landing characteristics when the depth of the step was reduced to zero by means of a retractable planing flap on the forebody." The results of stability and resistance testing are presented.
Date: February 1944
Creator: Benson, James M. & Freihofner, Anton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary tank experiments with a hydrofoil on a planing-tail seaplane hull

Description: Report describes exploratory testing to determine the feasibility of using a hydrofoil with a type of flying boat afterbody called a planing tail. Several hydrofoil locations were examined, including no hydrofoil, and the effects of resistance characteristics were charted. The researchers concluded that it is possible to add a single hydrofoil to that type of afterbody to provide additional hydrodynamic lift without introducing instability.
Date: March 1944
Creator: Wadlin, Kenneth L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An investigation of the characteristics of a propeller alcohol feed ring

Description: Report discusses the results of an investigation to compare the discharge characteristics of an alcohol feed ring and a standard alcohol discharge nozzle when utilized to supply anti-icing alcohol to the propeller-blade feed shoes on a Curtiss-Wright C-46 cargo airplane. The equipment used, testing practices, and results of the alcohol flow distribution are described.
Date: June 1944
Creator: Neel, Carr B., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pressure lag in tubing used in flight research

Description: From Introduction: "Tests described in this report were undertaken to obtain a quantitative measure of the pressure lag in typical pressure-tubing systems used by the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory in flight research investigations. Lag measurements were made with both single-direction and oscillating pressure changes. Single-direction pressure changes were investigated to determine if the lag in orifice-pressure lines and in the research airspeed and altitude measuring systems of pursuit-type airplane undergoing flight tests was sufficient to cause an appreciable error in the record of a sudden pressure change. Oscillating pressure changes were investigated with particular reference to the accuracy of pressure peaks in pressure-distribution measurements during the time of buffeting conditions as found in stalls."
Date: July 1945
Creator: Turner, Howard L. & Rathert, George A., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Effect of normal pressure on the critical compressive stress of curved sheet

Description: Results are presented of tests of two specimens tested to study the effect of normal pressure on the critical compressive stress for thin curved sheets. These specimens are designated by their respective rib spacings of 10 inches and 30 inches. The relationship between compressive stress and normal pressure at which buckles disappeared is independent of whether the buckles were made to disappear by increase of normal pressure or decrease of compressive stress. (author).
Date: August 25, 1942
Creator: Rafel, Norman
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Application of Balancing Tabs to Ailerons

Description: Analysis was made to determine characteristics required of a balancing-tab system for ailerons in order to reduce aileron stick forces to any desired magnitude. Series of calculations based on section data were made to determine balancing-tab systems of various chord tabs and ailerons that will give, for a particular airplane, zero rate of aileron hinge moment with aileron deflection and yet will produce same maximum rate of roll as a plain unbalanced 15-percent chord aileron of same span. Effects of rolling velocity and of forces in tab link on aileron hinge moments have been included.
Date: June 1, 1942
Creator: Sears, Richard I.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department