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Investigations toward simplification of missile control systems

Description: Paper presenting three ideas regarding potential simplifications of missile-control systems in order to make them more reliable without sacrificing system performance. The three methods presented include an autorotating-vane spoiler, a bellows flap, and free controls. All are based on modified airplane control systems.
Date: November 12, 1953
Creator: Curfman, Howard J., Jr.; Strass, H. Kurt & Crane, Harold L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The effects of a small jet of air exhausting from the nose of a body of revolution in supersonic flow

Description: Report presenting the results of an investigation to determine the effects of a small jet of air exhausting from the nose of an elliptical body of revolution upon boundary-layer transition and the viscous, pressure, and total drag of the forebody at three body stations at Mach number 1.62. The jet effects on body pressure, pressure variations, boundary-layer transition, and total drag are provided.
Date: November 12, 1952
Creator: Love, Eugene S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flight-determined pressure measurements over the wing of the Douglas D-558-II research airplane at Mach numbers up to 1.14

Description: Report presenting an investigation of the section and panel characteristics and loads obtained from pressure measurements over a 35 degree sweptback wing at level-flight lifts for a range of Mach numbers. Section pressure distributions were taken at the root, midspan, and tip stations of a Douglas D-558-II airplane.
Date: March 12, 1954
Creator: Peele, James R.
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Theoretical analysis of one-stage windmills for reducing flow distortion

Description: Report presenting an analysis of two windmills for reducing flow distortion. Results regarding the windmill design, flow conditions, velocity distortions, total-pressure distortions, total-temperature distortions, and design value of the ratio of axial velocity to blade tip speed are provided.
Date: June 12, 1957
Creator: English, Robert E. & Yohner, Peggy L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

High Mach number, low-cowl-drag, external-compression inlet with subsonic dump diffuser

Description: Report presenting an investigation of a zero-cowl-drag, all-external-compression inlet with an abrupt area discontinuity or subsonic dump diffuser for high Mach number application. Results regarding the diffuser performance characteristics, effect of spike retraction, a comparison with other inlets, and some theoretical calculations related to the results are provided.
Date: May 12, 1958
Creator: Connors, James F. & Flaherty, Richard J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Investigation of a high-performance axial-flow compressor transonic inlet rotor designed for 37.5 pounds per second per square foot of frontal area: detailed blade-element performance

Description: Report presenting detailed blade-element-performance plots for a high-flow transonic inlet rotor. Information provided includes the effects of Mach number, blade loading, and angle of attack on element performance is provided.
Date: April 12, 1957
Creator: Felix, A. Richard & Savage, Melvyn
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Preliminary survey of possible methods for hypersonic aircraft

Description: Report presenting an investigation conducted to determine the relative advantages and limitations of a number of fluids for use as either heat sinks or coolants for hypersonic aircraft. The feasibility of the fluids tested as heat sinks and cooling in the high-level and low-level regions is described.
Date: May 12, 1958
Creator: Esgar, Jack B.; Hickel, Robert O. & Stepka, Francis S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wind-tunnel investigation of transonic aileron flutter of a semispan wing model with an NACA 23013 section

Description: Report presenting the results of a wind-tunnel investigation of aileron flutter up to 0.822 Mach number. The testing indicated the absence of flutter of significant amplitude when a considerable amount of wing-tip relief existed and the presence of flutter when the relief was minimized. Results regarding the testing without the end plate, with end plate, and comparison with theory are provided.
Date: July 12, 1948
Creator: Perone, Angelo & Erickson, Albert L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Present status of research on boundary-layer control

Description: Report presenting a survey of the present status of research on boundary-layer control and its possible applications in aeronautics. The applications considered include reduction of profile drag by the elimination of turbulent separation, increase of the maximum lift coefficient through control of separation, use of suction and blowing slots near the trailing edge of the airfoil as a means of lateral control, use of boundary-layer control as a means of increasing the efficiency of diffusers and bends, and the use of boundary-layer control to influence shock-boundary-layer interaction at high speeds.
Date: January 12, 1949
Creator: von Doenhoff, Albert E. & Loftin, Laurence K., Jr.
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Lateral stability and control measurements of a fighter-type airplane with a low-aspect-ratio unswept wing and a tee-tail

Description: Report presenting an investigation of the lateral stability and control effectiveness of a model of a fighter-type airplane model with a low-aspect-ratio and 3.4-percent-thick wing with negative dihedral at a range of Mach numbers, sideslip angles, and angles of attack. Results regarding the lateral characteristics at zero angle of attack, lifting conditions, and lateral and directional controls are provided.
Date: June 12, 1956
Creator: Arabian, Donald D. & Schmeer, James W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lateral and directional dynamic-response characteristics of a 35 degree swept-wing airplane as determined from flight measurements

Description: Report presenting lateral and directional dynamic response characteristics of a 35 degree swept-wing fighter-type airplane determined from flight measurements and compared with predictions based on theoretical studies and wind-tunnel testing. Results regarding the frequency responses, theoretical and experimental transfer functions, stability derivatives, aeroelastic effects, response at low frequency, and effects of minor derivatives, product of inertia, and flight-path angle are provided.
Date: December 12, 1952
Creator: Triplett, William C. & Brown, Stuart C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The longitudinal characteristics at Mach numbers up to 0.9 of a wing-fuselage-tail combination having a wing with 40 degrees of sweepback and an aspect ratio of 10

Description: Report presenting an investigation to evaluate the effects of an all-movable horizontal tail on the longitudinal characteristics of a sweptback wing and a fuselage of a type suitable for long-range high-speed airplanes. Tests were conducted at low speed and at high Mach numbers over a range of Reynolds numbers. Large reductions in longitudinal stability of the wing-fuselage-tail combination were found at lift coefficients well below the stall.
Date: December 12, 1952
Creator: Tinling, Bruce E.
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Longitudinal stability characteristics of a simple infrared homing missile configuration at Mach numbers of 0.7 to 1.4

Description: Report presenting the longitudinal stability characteristics of a simple infrared homing missile determined in flight with a rocket-powered model. Static and dynamic longitudinal stability derivatives of the cruciform, interdigitated, canard-wing missile configuration were determined using the pulse-rocket technique for a range of Mach numbers.
Date: June 12, 1956
Creator: Brown, Clarence A., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Longitudinal stability, trim, and drag characteristics of a rocket-propelled model of an airplane configuration having a 45 degree sweptback wing and an unswept horizontal tail

Description: Report discussing an investigation of the longitudinal stability, trim, and drag of a rocket-propelled model at low lift coefficients at a range of Mach numbers. the configuration included a wing and horizontal tail of aspect ratio 4 and thickness ratio in the streamwise direction of 6 percent.
Date: August 12, 1952
Creator: Parks, James H. & Kehlet, Alan B.
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Effect of frequency of sideslipping motion on the lateral stability derivatives of a typical delta wing airplane

Description: Report presenting an investigation to determine the effect of frequency of sideslipping motion on the lateral stability derivatives of a 60-degree delta-wing airplane configuration. Results regarding the steady-state tests, oscillation-in-sidestep tests, comparison of oscillation data for delta wings with a round edge versus a sharp edge, and effect of sideslip oscillatory derivatives are provided.
Date: September 12, 1957
Creator: Lichtenstein, Jacob H. & Williams, James L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cascade investigation of cooling characteristics of a cast-finned air-cooled turbine blade for use in a turboprop engine

Description: Report presenting an experimental investigation of the cooling characteristics of a small air-cooled turbine blade for use in a turboprop engine in a static cascade facility. Three test blades of the same size and chord were tested at several different combustion-gas temperatures. Results regarding the gas-flow conditions in cascade test section, correlation of temperature data and application of correlated data to typical engine are provided.
Date: June 12, 1957
Creator: Stepka, Francis S.; Richards, Hadley T. & Hickel, Robert O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Behavior of forged S-816 turbine blades in steady-state operation of J33-9 turbojet engine with stress-rupture and metallographic evaluations

Description: An investigation was conducted to determine the behavior of recently produced, forged S-816 turbine blades in a full-scale turbojet engine, and in particular, the scatter in performance of the alloy. The turbine blades were operated as continuously as possible at a temperature of 1500 degrees F and a centrifugal stress of 21,500 pounds per square inch. The operating lives of the turbine blades varied from 181 to 539 hours, a range of 358 hours. Stress-rupture properties of specimens cut from blade airfoils also varied considerably, as much as 1257 hours at 20,000 pounds per square inch and 1500 degrees F. Since the variability of scatter of stress-rupture data is greater than that of blade performance, the scatter is probably caused by variations in the properties of the forged blades rather than by variations caused by engine operation or installation of the blades. Metallographic examinations were made to determine possible causes of the scatter and although numerous differences in microstructures of blades were found, no consistent tendencies were observed and the findings did not permit an explanation of the scatter of blade performance. The results of the metallographic examinations and of the physical tests indirectly indicated variables in the fabricating method caused the scatter in properties.
Date: February 12, 1953
Creator: Garrett, Floyd B.; Gyorgak, Charles A. & Weeton, John Waldemar
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Aerodynamic characteristics at subsonic and transonic speeds of a 42.7 degree sweptback wing model having an aileron with finite trailing-edge thickness

Description: Report presenting an investigation at subsonic and transonic speeds in the high-speed 7- by 10-foot tunnel to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of a 42.7 degree sweptback wing with a 20-percent-chord and 50-percent-span outboard aileron. The investigation was performed in transonic flow over a bump on the tunnel floor and in subsonic flow on one of the tunnel side walls.
Date: January 12, 1949
Creator: Turner, Thomas R.; Lockwood, Vernard E. & Vogler, Raymond D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tests of a centering spring used as an artificial feel device on the elevator of a fighter airplane

Description: Report presenting tests to investigate the use of a simple centering spring, which had no variation of force gradient with impact pressure, as an artificial feel device for the elevator control of a fighter airplane. Testing was conducted using a Chance Vought F4U-4B airplane equipped with power controls. Results regarding the force experienced and effects of the feel system are provided.
Date: September 12, 1952
Creator: Adams, James J. & Whitten, James B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Experimental and calculated static characteristics of a two-blade NACA 10-(3)(062)-045 propeller

Description: Report presenting an investigation to determine the static characteristics of a two-blade NACA 10-(3)(062)-045 propeller. Experimental data were obtained for a blade-angle range from -5 degrees to 40 degrees measured at the 0.75 radial station and for tip Mach numbers up to 1.0.
Date: March 12, 1954
Creator: Swihart, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stability characteristics at low speed of a variable-sweep airplane model having a partially cambered wing with several chord-extension configurations

Description: Report presenting an investigation to determine the effect of several chord-extension configurations at low speed on a variable-sweep airplane model with a partially cambered wing. Testing occurred at a designated Reynolds number based on the mean aerodynamic chord of the wing at 50 degrees sweep for average test conditions. Results regarding the effect of chord extensions at 50 degrees, 60 degrees, and 20 degrees sweep, effect of chord extensions on lateral stability, and a comparison with different wing modifications are provided.
Date: February 12, 1954
Creator: Becht, Robert E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary investigation at subsonic and transonic speeds of the aerodynamic characteristics of a biplane composed of a sweptback and a sweptforward wing joined at the tips

Description: Report presenting an investigation at subsonic and transonic speeds of the aerodynamic characteristics of a wing-body configuration designated as a swept biplane, which is composed of a sweptback and sweptforward wing joined at the tips. Results indicate that the plan form prevents the abrupt pitch-up normally encountered on monoplane swept wings. Results regarding subsonic tests, transonic tests, and some additional design considerations are provided.
Date: March 12, 1954
Creator: Cahill, Jones F. & Stead, Dexter H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Experimental determination of the lateral stability of a glider towed by a single towline and correlation with an approximate theory

Description: Report presenting an investigation to determine the effects of various design parameters on the lateral-stability characteristics of a glider towed by a single towline. The investigation showed that it is possible to obtain inherent lateral stability with a single towline system.
Date: November 12, 1948
Creator: Maggin, Bernard & Shanks, Robert E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department