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The 7 by 10 Foot Wind Tunnel of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

Description: This report presents a description of the 7 by 10 foot wind tunnel and associated apparatus of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Included also are calibration test results and characteristic test data of both static force tests and autorotation tests made in the tunnel.
Date: October 22, 1931
Creator: Harris, Thomas A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

N.A.C.A. Stall-Warning Indicator

Description: "The stall-warning indicator employs a total-head tube located close to the wing surface in a region wherein local stalling occurs before the main portion of the wing stalls. The artificial production of a localized stalled region is accomplished by means of a sharp leading edge extending a few inches along the span. An abrupt drop in the total pressure relative to a static reference taken at some convenient point occurs at the stall in this region" (p. 1).
Date: October 1938
Creator: Thompson, F. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An Accurate Method of Measuring the Moments of Inertia of Airplanes

Description: From Summary: "This note contains a description of an improved apparatus and procedure used by the NACA for determining the moments of inertia of airplanes. The method used, based on the pendulum theory, is similar to that previously used, but a recent investigation of its accuracy has resulted in the improvements described herein. The error, when using the new apparatus and procedure, has been found to be of the order of 1 per cent."
Date: October 1930
Creator: Miller, M. P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Activation of hydrocarbons and the octane number

Description: This report presents an examination of the history of research on engine knocking and the various types of fuels used in the investigations of this phenomenon. According to this report, the spontaneous ignition of hydrocarbons doped with oxygen follows the logarithmic law within a certain temperature range, but not above 920 degrees K. Having extended the scope of investigations to prove hydrocarbons, the curves of the mixtures burned by air should then be established by progressive replacement of pure iso-octane with heptane. Pentane was also examined in this report.
Date: October 1939
Creator: Peschard, Marcel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analysis and Model Tests of Autogiro Jump Take-Off

Description: From Introduction: "The possibilities of the jump take-off have been established by some full-scale experiments. It is the purpose of this paper to study the factors that govern the jump take-off in its simplest form and to present the results of model tests in which the effect of differences in the rotor parameters was determined."
Date: October 1936
Creator: Wheatley, John B. & Bioletti, Carlton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analytical Determination of the Load on a Trailing Edge Flap

Description: From Summary: "This report presents a theoretical analysis of the lift on a trailing edge flap. An analytical expression has been derived which enables the computation of the flap load coefficient. The theoretical results seem to show a fair agreement with the meager experimental results which are available."
Date: October 1930
Creator: Pinkerton, Robert M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An Application of the Von Kármán-Millikan Laminar Boundary-Layer Theory and Comparison With Experiment

Description: Note presenting the von Kármán-Millikan theory of laminar boundary layers as applied to the laminar boundary layer about an elliptical cylinder on which boundary-layer and pressure-distribution measurements. Good agreement is obtained between calculated and experimental results, meaning that the method may be generally applied to the laminar boundary layer about any body provided that an experimentally determined pressure distribution is available.
Date: October 1935
Creator: von Doenhoff, Albert E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Attaining a Steady Air Stream in Wind Tunnels

Description: "Many experimental arrangements of varying kind involve the problems of assuring a large, steady air stream both as to volume and to time. For this reason a separate discussion of the methods by which this is achieved should prove of particular interest. Motors and blades receive special attention and a review of existent wind tunnels is also provided" (p. 1).
Date: October 1933
Creator: Prandtl, L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Auto-Ignition and Combustion of Diesel Fuel in a Constant-Volume Bomb

Description: Report presents the results of a study of variations in ignition lag and combustion associated with changes in air temperature and density for a diesel fuel in a constant-volume bomb. The test results have been discussed in terms of engine performance wherever comparisons could be drawn. The most important conclusions drawn from this investigation are: the ignition lag was essentially independent of the injected fuel quantity. Extrapolation of the curves for the fuel used shows that the lag could not be greatly decreased by exceeding the compression-ignition engines. In order to obtain the best combustion and thermal efficiency, it was desirable to use the longest ignition lag consistent with a permissible rate of pressure rise.
Date: October 5, 1937
Creator: Selden, Robert F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Behavior Under Shearing Stress of Duralumin Strip With Round, Flanged Holes

Description: "This report presents the results of an investigation to determine the behavior of dural strip with flanged holes in the center when subjected to shear stresses. They buckle under a certain load just as a flat sheet. There is one optimum hole spacing and a corresponding buckling load in shear for each sheet width, sheet thickness, and flange form. Comparison with non-flanged sheets revealed a marked increase of buckling load in shear due to the flanging and a slightly greater displacement" (p. 1).
Date: October 1934
Creator: Schüssler, Karl
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Behm Acoustic Sounder for Airplanes With Reference to Its Accuracy

Description: Relative altimetry is of great importance for increasing the safety in aerial transportation, because it makes possible safe flying at night, by poor visibility, and when landing. Among the instruments of this type is the Behm sounder, which operates on an acoustic principle. Acoustic altimetry in general and the Behn sounder, in particular, are covered in this report.
Date: October 1930
Creator: Schreiber, Ernest
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Clippings about Carl B. Compton]

Description: Newspaper excerpts about Carl Compton written by the Austin American-Statesman and other local newspapers. It is about Compton's artworks being displayed at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, Texas and Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton.
Date: October 1937
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Coal-Mine Explosions in Ohio: 1874-1936

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing coal mine explosions in Ohio between 1874 and 1936. The number of explosions and fatalities are presented. The causes of mine explosions are discussed as well. This report includes tables.
Date: October 1937
Creator: Owings, C. W.
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" (p. 161).
Date: October 26, 1937
Creator: Silverstein, Abe; Katzoff, S. & Hootman, James A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comparison of full-scale propellers having R.A.F.-6 and Clark Y airfoil sections

Description: In this report the efficiencies of two series of propellers having two types of blade sections are compared. Six full-scale propellers were used, three having R. A. F.-6 and three Clark Y airfoil sections with thickness/chord ratios of 0.06, 0.08, and 0.10. The propellers were tested at five pitch setting, which covered the range ordinarily used in practice. The propellers having the Clark Y sections gave the highest peak efficiency at the low pitch settings. At the high pitch settings, the propellers with R. A. F.-6 sections gave about the same maximum efficiency as the Clark Y propellers and were more efficient for the conditions of climb and take-off.
Date: October 8, 1930
Creator: Freeman, Hugh B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Compressibility Burble

Description: "Simultaneous air-flow photographs and pressure-distribution measurements have been made of the NACA 4412 airfoil at high speeds in order to determine the physical nature of the compressibility bubble. The flow photographs were obtained by the Schlieren method and the pressures were simultaneously measured for 54 stations on the 5-inch-chord wing by means of a multiple-tube photographic manometer. Pressure-measurement results and typical Schlieren photographs are presented" (p. 1).
Date: October 1935
Creator: Stack, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: A counter-propeller is a fixed propeller smaller than the main propeller, mounted either fore or aft of the latter and performing the function of changing the direction of motion of the fluid filaments, which naturally tend to adopt a helicoidal form. This paper presents a consideration of the real advantage of counter-propellers on aircraft and the best shape of the blades. First, the author determines the possible energy absorption by the tangential increments. This process will be facilitated by the examination of the polygons of the relative velocities fore and aft of the generic section, of radius r, of one of the blades of the propeller.
Date: October 1930
Creator: de Caria, Ugo
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Design of Airplane-Engine Superchargers

Description: With the forms of superchargers and underlying principles of computation, delivery heads per stage of 7,000 to 8,500 meters (air column) at an effective efficiency, based on the adiabatic process, of 0.7 may be attained, the space and weight requirements being kept within reasonable limits.
Date: October 1937
Creator: von der Nüll, Werner
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department