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Tank Tests with Seaplane Models

Tank Tests with Seaplane Models AIRCRAFT construction, like shipbuilding and most other branches of engineering, is to a large extent an experimental science. That is to say, our knowledge is so limited in certain respects that we proceed chiefly by trial and error methods. To experiment full scale with ships or aircraft is both costly and dangerous. It has long been the custom, therefore, to make and test models with a view to ascertaining the probable behaviour of the fullsize machine before it is built. Aircraft engineers in particular have been compelled to rely extensively upon model tests in the wind tunnel for their information as to the aerodynamic forces upon the various parts of aircraft. In the same way the seaplane owes a great deal to the valuable information derived from tank tests of models. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

Tank Tests with Seaplane Models

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0002-2667
DOI
10.1108/eb029324
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Abstract

AIRCRAFT construction, like shipbuilding and most other branches of engineering, is to a large extent an experimental science. That is to say, our knowledge is so limited in certain respects that we proceed chiefly by trial and error methods. To experiment full scale with ships or aircraft is both costly and dangerous. It has long been the custom, therefore, to make and test models with a view to ascertaining the probable behaviour of the fullsize machine before it is built. Aircraft engineers in particular have been compelled to rely extensively upon model tests in the wind tunnel for their information as to the aerodynamic forces upon the various parts of aircraft. In the same way the seaplane owes a great deal to the valuable information derived from tank tests of models.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 1930

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