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A Two-Parameter Wind Tunnel Rigging System


Young, Bradley Hobart (1937) A Two-Parameter Wind Tunnel Rigging System. Master's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/CVB4-7510.


In January of 1935, definite steps were taken in a two part program to modernize the ten-foot wind tunnel of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Part one of the program was the design and construction of a new wind tunnel rigging system based on concepts originally laid down by Dr. A. L. Klein, Associate Professor at the same institution. Part two of the program, to be carried on intensively immediately after completion of part one, will be the development of an entirely new force measuring system to replace the present modified steelyard type balances.

In this paper the general problem of wind tunnel testing and equipment will be briefly outlined with the bulk of the discussion then given over to the problems concerning the evolution and design of a specific wind tunnel rigging system. As the system is not yet complete in its final form obviously there can be no description of the project as a finished piece of work. Also, it has been thought inadvisable to present only the system as it exists at present, therefore all the various features or principles that have been considered will be discussed and reason for their discard or adoption made clear. The result should then be a guide or at least an aid to the completion of part one of the modernizing program

In a latter section of the paper some of the desired features of the contemplated force measuring system will be set down in the hope that they may be a skeletal set of requirements for the second part of the modernizing program.

Item Type:Thesis (Master's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Klein, Arthur Louis
Thesis Committee:
  • Klein, Arthur Louis (chair)
  • Millikan, Clark Blanchard
  • Sechler, Ernest Edwin
  • Bowen, William H.
Defense Date:1 January 1937
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03242005-100937
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ID Code:1093
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Deposited On:25 Mar 2005
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 23:05

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