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The Development of Liquid Cooling

The Development of Liquid Cooling FOR many years the basic design and construction of aircraft has been closely linked with the cooling system employed for the power plant which it is desired to utilise and as a general rule machines have been produced specifically for either liquid or aircooled engines. Conversions of liquidcooled engined machines to suit an aircooled installation and vice versa have been successfully carried out in the past and today there is a tendency for twinengined military aircraft to be constructed so that alternative installations may be employed, but the complications necessitated by such a practice provide good reason for producing the airframe to suit one particular engine. The general recognition of this policy has served to emphasise the importance of deciding the type of engine most suitable for the purpose for which the machine is required and has possibly lent weight to the claims submitted by various engine manufacturers. The merits of one variety of engine as opposed to the other is a subject which has from time to time received much attention, but, as the object of this article is to trace the development of liquidcooling systems, a brief outline of what is considered parallel advancement in aircooled practice may be of interest. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

The Development of Liquid Cooling

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0002-2667
DOI
10.1108/eb030453
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Abstract

FOR many years the basic design and construction of aircraft has been closely linked with the cooling system employed for the power plant which it is desired to utilise and as a general rule machines have been produced specifically for either liquid or aircooled engines. Conversions of liquidcooled engined machines to suit an aircooled installation and vice versa have been successfully carried out in the past and today there is a tendency for twinengined military aircraft to be constructed so that alternative installations may be employed, but the complications necessitated by such a practice provide good reason for producing the airframe to suit one particular engine. The general recognition of this policy has served to emphasise the importance of deciding the type of engine most suitable for the purpose for which the machine is required and has possibly lent weight to the claims submitted by various engine manufacturers. The merits of one variety of engine as opposed to the other is a subject which has from time to time received much attention, but, as the object of this article is to trace the development of liquidcooling systems, a brief outline of what is considered parallel advancement in aircooled practice may be of interest.

Journal

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1939

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