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*TM 1-320
TECHNICAL MANUAL }

WAR DEPARTMENT,

W ASHlNGTON, Pebr·um ·y 11, 1941.

No. 1-820

AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS
Prepared under direction of
Chief of the Air Corps

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I. General.
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Definition of aerodynamics__________________
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ll. Resistance.
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lllustr ative resistance problem_______________
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Resistance of completely rigged airship______
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III. P ower requirements.
Power r equired to overcome airship resistance_
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Results of various speed t rials____ ___________
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Burgess formula for horsepower------------19
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IV. Stability.
Variation of pressure distribution on airship

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Description of major axis of airship__________
T ypes of stability_ __________________ _______
Forces and moments acting on airship________
Damping moment-------------------------Longitudinal stabilitY---------------------Directional stability________________________
Lateral stability-- ------------------------ -SummarY---------------- -----------------*Thia m anual supersedes or:a ll'lG-290, November 16, 1929.
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Definition of aerodynamics-- - ~ ------ --- --- --- -- ------- -----------------Purpose and scope---- - ------- --- -------- ---·----- -----------------------Importance-- --------------~--------------- -------- ----- ---- ------- ----Glossary of terms--------------------- --------- -------------------- - ---Types of airships_·---------------------- ------------- ------------------A erodynamic forces------------------------------------ --------------- .

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1. Definition of aerodynamics.-Aerodynamics is that branch
of dynamics which treats of the motion of air and other gaseous
fluids, and of the forces on solids in motion relative to such fluids.
2. Purpose and scope.- This manual is designed as a text for the·
instruction of airship student pilots and as a reference text for th~
rated pilot. A ccordingly the subject has been so approached as to ·
give the knowledge of aerodynamics essential to the operation of airships. Intricate formulas involving higher mathematics, although
valuable to the designer, are of secondary importance to the pilot.
Such formulas therefore have been omitted and the entire subject so
treated as to bring.out basic principles and their application to lighter
than air aircraft operation.

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-Science and art pertaining to the flight of aircr aft. 240.-Airships are controlled in two ways. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. A irfoil.-During recent years many t erms have been introduced into the English language covering various aspects of aeronautical science. 1) .erodynamics. Rigid. Report No.-Branch of dynamics which treats of the motion of air and other gaseous fluids and of the forces acting on solids in motion r elative to such fluids . aerostatic forces. Glossary of t erm s. cells.S.A. A irship.ero3tat.A. stati<-ally a. Importance. Because of the existence of static means of control. have become statically uncontrollable but have been sayed by the intelligent application of dynamic means of control. due tJ unavoidable causes such as leakage of gas or accumulation of moisture. The former method is discussed in TM 1-325 and will be mentioned but incidentally in this manual. This is untrue.-Any surface designed to be projected through the air in order to produce a useful dynamic reaction.TM 1-320 AffiSHIP AERODYNAMICS 3-4 3. from which most of the following definitions have been abstracted : . Nonrigid. F requently airships. system and with means of controlling the direction of motion.eronautics. To insure safety of the airship and to preclude possibility of exposing it to dangerous conditiOJ:!.Cross section of an airfoil made by a plane parallel to a specified reference plane.nd dynamically. When its power plant is not operating it acts like a free balloon.-Projecting scoop which uses the wind or slipstream to maintain air pressure in the interior of the ball<:met of an aerostat. or other containers filled with a gas which is lighter than air.. the study of aerodynamics may" appear of minor importance to the operation of airships. .-Aerostat provided with a propelling . the pilot must be aware of existing dynamic forces and their effects on the airship itself and on its flight path. 4. Airfoil section (or profile) .-Airship whose form is maintained by a rigid structure (fig. . . A ir scoop.-Airship whose form is maintained by the internal pressure in the gas bags and ballonets (fig. A line perpendicular to this plane is called the axis of the airfoil. The immersed body consists of one or more bags.-Generic term for aircraft whose support ·is chiefly due to buoyancy derived from . 3). defines the meaning of the most common of these expressions.A. Stability and control are constantly effected by a combination of static and dynamic forces.

Its symbol is V. (This defin ition may be extended to other bodies than airfoils.-Acute angle between direction of relative wind and plane of symmetry of an aircraft. This angle is denoted by 'II and is positive when the aircraft has turned to the right. Angle of attack. or angle of bank.TM 1-320 4 AIR CORPS Se1nirigid.-Acute angle between two planes defined as follows: One plane includes lateral axis of the aircraft and direction of the relative wind.. critical. Usually caUed "blade angle. propeller blad'e. 2).-Acute angle bet-. Angle of roll. Angle. usually centroidal and mutually perpendicular.-Actual angle between chord of propeller section and plane perpendicular to axis of rotation of propeller. It is positive when trailing edge has moved to the left with reference to normal position of pilot.-Angle of attack of an airfoil when its lift is zero.-Angle of attack at which the flow about an airfoil changes abruptly with corresponding abrupt changes in lift and drag.-Speed of an aircraft relative to the air. zero lift. Angle." Angle.) Its symbol is a . Angle. It is positive when trailing edge of the elevator is below neutral position. Angle.-Angular displacement of elevator from neutral position.-Acute angle between rudder and plane of symmetry of the aircraft..Acute angle through which aircraft must be rotated about its longitudinal axis in order t o bring its lateral axis into a horizontal plane. chord of an airfoil and its direction of motion relative to the air. A spect ratio of propeller blade." This is a slang use of the word and should be avoided.) This angle is denoted by 0 and is positive when nose of the aircraft has • nsen. Air speed'. This angle is denoted by <I> and is positive when the left wing is higher than the right. rudder.-H alf the ratio of propeller diameter to maximum blade width. Awes of aircraft.Airship whose form is maintained by means of a rigid or jointed keel in conjunction with internal pressure in the gas containers and ballonets (fig.veen the.-Three fixed lines of reference. A ngle of yaw. Angle of pitch. (In normal flight the angle of pitch is the angle between longitudinal axis and direction of relative wind. The term "airship" is sometimes incorrectly applied to heavier than air aircraft either in full or as "ship.. elevator. The longitudinal axis in the plane . the other plane includes lateral axis and longitudinal axis.

often used in nonrigid airships.-Any substance. the second. The ballonet should not be confused with gas cell. drawn from front to rear. "Upper camber" refers to the upper surface of an airfoil and "lower camber" to the lower surface.-Si<le of propeller blade which corresponds to upper surface of an airfoil. thus preventing deformation or structural failure. Oamber. Sometimes called "nose stiffener" or "nose batten. usually expressed as ratio of departure of the curve from the chord to the length of the chord." Blade width ratio. In mathematical discussions. and the third. Oar. the axis perpendicular to this in the plane of symmetry is called the normal axis. Blade face.Compartment of variable volume constructed of fabric or partitioned otf within the interior of a balloon or airship. By blowing in or letting out air. for the purpose of reducing load carried and thus altering aerostatic relations.-Rise in curve of an airfoil section from its chord. if necessary. By means of two or niore ballonets. the Y axis. Ballonet. the Z axis." Buoyancy. drawn upward. Ballast. Capacity. and the third axis perpendicular to the other two is called the lateral axis.TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 4 of symmetry. 6 . B ow stiffener. the first of these axes.-Volume of the gas-containing portion of an aerostat. Buoyancy.-Ratio of developed width of propeller blade at any point to circumference of ·a circle whose radius is the distance of that point from the propeller axis. it serves to compensate for changes of volume in gas contained in the envelope and to maintain gas pressure. usually parallel to axis of the propeller. "mean camber" is the mean of these two. the trim can also be controlled.-Upward air force on aerostat which is derived from aerostatic conditions. It is usually partially inflated with air under control of valves from a blower or from an air scoop. Sometimes called "thrust face" or "driving face.-Center of gravity of volume of contained gas.. center of (aerostat).-Surface of propeller blade which corresponds to lower surface of an airfoil. is called the longitudinal axis.-Rigid member attached to bow of nonrigid or semirigid envelope to reinforce it against pressure caused by motion of the airship. It is equal to weight of air displaced. carried in a balloon or airship and intended to be thrown out. running from right to left.That portion of an airship intended to carry power unit or units. Blade back. is called the X axis. usually sand or water..

F light path.TM 1-320 4 AIR CORPS personnel.-General term applied to means provided to enable the pilot to control speed. It may be divided by diaphragms into separate gas compartments or cells. Dynamic (or impact) pressure. usually of fabric. It may or may not be also the gas container. the straight line joining the leading and trailing edges.-L ine of straightedge brought into contact with lower surface of the section at two points. Oenter of presswre coetflaient. Oenter of pressure of cd1•foil section. car go. function of which is to impress pitching moment on the aircraft. 6 . direction of flight.-Point in chord of airfoil section. It is the quantity measured by most air speed instruments.-Altitude in standard atmosphere at which an aerostat is in static equilibrium a. Its symbol is D .:vim-wm. or equipment. The method used for determining the chord should always be explicitly stated for those sections concerning which ambiguity seems likely to arise.-Maximum horsepower engine can develop. The elevator is usually hinged to the stabilizer. ma.) The line joining leading and trailing edges should be used also in those cases in which lower surface is convex except for a short flat portion. in the case of an airfoil having double convex camber. P.Ratio of distance of center of pressure from leading edge to chord length. Ohord length. Its symbol is q. prolonged if necessary. :Elervator. Ohord (of airfoil section) .-Outer covering of aerostat. altitude. and it may also contain internal air cells or ballonets. Its symbol is c.-Product 1. E nvelope.-Length of projection of airfoil section on its chord. H orsepower of engine.-Movable auxiliary airfoil.-Component parallel to relative wind of total air force on aircraft or airfoil. (These edges may be defined for this purpose as the two points in the section w~ich are farthest apart. Oeiling.fter removal of all dischargeable weights. and power of aircraft. D1•ag. which is at the intersection of the chord and the line of action of the resultant air force. Oont1•ols..2pV 2 . It may be suspended from the buoyant portion or it may be built close up against it. Abbreviation is C. It is not to be applied to parts of the keel of a rigid or semirigid airship which have been fitted for the purposes mentioned.-Path of center of gravity of aircraft with reference to the earth. where p is density and V is relative speed of the air. static.

ircraft. Obtained by multiplying nominal gas capacity by lift per unit volume of gas used for inflation. It may be a simple Gall's chain as in some semirigids.-That component of total air force on aircraft or airfoil which is perpendicular to relative wind and in plane of symmetry. Also called "gross weight. heating. Full." Lift. (The volume of the air displaced multiplied by the difference of density of the air u." lndraft (inflow) . and fixed equipment of an air· craft.TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 4 I Horsepowe'l' of engine. In this latter sense sometimes called "gas bag. namely.-Foremost edge of airfoil or propeller blade. rated. Lift." Pay.nd the contained gas. gross (airship) . 7 . It must be specified whether this applies to complete aircraft or to parts thereof.-Structure.) Load: Dead. power plant.-Lift obtained from volume of buoyant gas equal to nominal gas capacity of the a. In the case of the aerostat the amount of ballast which must be carried to assist in making a safe landing must also be included. etc.-Main structure of a rigid airship consisting of a covered elongated framework which incloses gas cells and supports cars and equipment. static (aerostat) . In the case of an airship this is often called "dynamic lift.-Resultant upward force on an aerostat at rest obtained by multiplying actual volume of the air displaced by density of the air and subtracting weight of contained gas. Lift.-Tha.-Weight empty plus useful load. fixed electric wiring for lighting. or a very extensive structure inclosing the corridor as in most rigids. Leading edge. Included in this fixed equipment are water in radiator and cooling system. May also be applied to complete buoyant unit of any aerostat.-Assembly of members at bottom of hull of semirigid or rigid airship which provides special strength to resist hogging and sagging and also serves to distribute effect of concentrated." Its symbol is L.t part of useful load from which revenue is derived.-Average horsepower developed by an engine of a given type in passing the standard 50-hour endurance test. loads along the hull.-Flow of air from in front of propeJler into blades. Also called "entering edge. all essential instruments and furnishings. K eel (airship) . passengers and freight. H ull (airship) .

of a portion which is usually taken as extending 0. l= linear dimension of the body.Area of the blade face.'rM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 4 Prope'!Ze1t blade area. Skiln frictiO'n.-Ratio of thrust power to power input of propeller. Rudde1'.u. (It is usually behind the wing cell or nacelle.J. Race rotation.-Ratio of maximum thickness of proj)eller section to its chord.lli whichp= density of the air.) Pr9peller rake.--Component parallel to propeller axis of the total air force on the propeller.-Number of revolutions per minute cone.----- .-Rotation produced by action of propeller of stream of air passing through or influenced by propeller.s.a:imum. Propeller torque. Righting rM11&ent (or restoring moment). ma. 285746"-41. pusher.. Propeller th1'U8t. Its .-Moment applied to propeller by engine shaft. Propeller efficien<n.-Cross section of propeller blade made at any point by a plane parallel to axis of rotation of propeller and tangent at · the centroid of the section to an arc drawn with the axis of rotation as its center. I t is usually located at rear of aircraft. V =relative velocity of the air. · Propeller-caml.2 of maximum radius from axis of the shaft.-Movable auxiliary airfoil function of which is to impress a yawing moment on aircraft in normal flight.-Name given the fraction P-. R evolutions.=coefficient of viscosity of the fluid. Propeller section. exclusive of the boss and the root.-Moment which tends to restore aircraft to its previous attitude after any small rotational displacement.-Propeller mounted to rear of engine or propeller shaft. Its symbol is 'YJ· Propeller.Highest number of revolutions per minute that may be maintained for long periods. I ts symbolisT. .-Mean angle which the line joining the centroids of the sections of propeller blade makes with a plane perpendicular tO the axis. Revolution.~Tangential component of fluid force at point on surface. sponding to maximum horsepower.. that is. Vl Reynold~ number. normal. symbol is Q.er ratio.

disturbances involving pitching . that is. .-Stability of an aircraft due solely to disposition and arrangement of its fixed parts.TM 1-320 4 AIR CORPS .Stream of air driven astern by propeller. Owing to symmetry.is sometimes included also. to develop .Ratio of speed of advance through undisturbed a:ir to the product of propeller diameter by number of revolutions in Jv· . when disturbed · from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion. Static. Slip maY' be expressed as a percentage of the mean geometrical pitch' or as a linear dimension. Lateral.-Hor~zontal c•mponent of velocity of aircraft relative to the earth. that is. if the airship is displaced slightly £rom its normal attitude by rotation about an axis through its center of gravity (as may be done in wind tunnel experiments). an airship possesses directional stability in its simplest form if a restoring moment comes into action when it is given a small angle of yaw.-Diiference between mean geometrical pitch and effective pitch.-That property of a body which causes it. Slipstream.-Path of a small portion of a fluid relative to a solid body with respect to which the fluid is moving. yawing.. moments come into play which tend to return the airship toward its original attitude.forces or moments which tend to restore the body to its original condition. directional stability is closely associated with lateral stability.Automatic.l.Stability with reference to disturbances in the plane of symmetry. or side slipping. grouou. _that is. Slip function is the primary factor controlling propeller performance.-Stability dependent upon movable control surfaces automatically operated by mechanical means.. Streamline..) · Speed. that is.and variation of longitudinal and normal velocities.. S tability.-Stability of such a cha-r acter that. Directional. The term is coin10 . unit time. (The indraft ~. Longitudinal. I nherent. Slip. that property which causes it when disturbed to return to its normal attitude of flight without use of controls or interposition of any mechanical devices. · SliiJ junction. that is. It is 1r times ratio of forward speed to tip speed of propeller. disturbances in which position of the plane o£ symmetry of the aircraft is affected.-Stability with reference to rotations about the normal axis.-Stability with reference to disturbances involving rolling.

but the distinction should be made clear .-Stabilizing and control surfaces at rear end of aircraft. although in some cases a slight superpressure is maintained.TM 1-320 · AIRSHIP AERODYN AMICS 4-5 monly used only of such flows as are not eddying.by the context.-Rearmost edge of airfoil or propeller blade. including stabilizer.'' It may be due to either aerodynamic or static conditions. 11 . and elevator. In this condition an airship is said to "trim by the stern. static. gas in the envelope is kept under sufficient pressure to keep the hull shape by this means alone.have control and power plant cars and control surfaces.-Steady flow past a solid body.") Tau heavy (airship) . c. (2) Semirigid.-Solid body which produces approximately streamline flow. The names describe means by which shape of the envelope is maintained. In the semirigid a central keel is provided which carries the loading and is itself swung by suspensions from the top of the envelope.) Trailing edge. that is. a flow in which the direction at every point is independent of time. Thrust. Airships are divided into three general classes in accordance with their method of construction. control.-Movable airfoil designed to be rotated or otherwise moved by the pilot in order to change attitude of airplane or airship. Usually the gas is at atmospheric pressure. (It is usually forward of fuselage or wing nacelle. Due to its rigidity.-a. Surface.-Propeller mounted on forward end of engine or propeller shaft. These three classes are (1) Nonrigid. All types . or to both. Types of airships.hape of the envelope. {3) Rigid. b. (Also called "empennage. 5. fin. Tractor propeller.mlirw form.-Thrust developed hy propeller when rotating at a fixed point. the keel assists the internal pressure in maintaining f. rudder. In rigid construction a metal structure is provided to maintain shape of the hull.-Condition in which in normal flight the after end of an airship tends to sink and which requires correction by means of the horizontal controls. Streamline flow. In the nonrigid. Strea. Tait group (or tail unit).

3.l 1'(.-Aerodynamic forces may be divided into two classes.-7.re usually suspended by cables attached to the envelope. showing general streamlined shape of the hull and arrangement of cars and surfaces. those parallel and those normal to the path. d. FIGUHE 1.TM 1-320 0-6 AIR CORPS (1) In small nonrigids cars are usually open and contain power plants as well as altitude and direction controls. On I talian type semirigids and on all rigids control surfaces are supported by metal framework. 6. 2. Army u uurigi<. Aerodynamic forces. Figures 1. a. Hence a thorough knowledge of resistance and power requirements ·is essential to intelligent operation of airships. 12 . Power plant cars are sepn. retard the flight of the airship and must be overcome by the power plants acting through the thrust of the propeller s.rate from the control car. Power requirements in their turn affect fuel consumption and limit perfo~·mance of the airship. Such cars a. and 4 depict types of airships.-U. The former. On nonrigids and some semirigids these surfaces are attached to the envelope by rigging. (2) Control surfaces on nearly all airships consist of fixed ve~tical and horizontal surfaces. . !:i. In semirigid and rigid construction cars are in contact with the keel which carr ies their load. or drag forces. ~tttached to which are elevators and rudder.

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-Coefficient of skin friction____ _________ ___ ___ _______ __ _____ __________ __ Resistance of streamlined bodY---.--.-------------------------.------.ciency .-----------------.-------------.----------Illustrative resistance problem-------.---.--------.--..--.- U. but an understanding of the principles involved ' • FIGUIII:l 3..----------.-----Resi!. as mentioned before.------Shape coefficients...-a. sometimes called transverse :forces.TM 1-320 6-7 AIR CORPS b..----------------------------.-Doceleration tesL-------------------------------------------------..Index of form etfi.------Scale effect-. S.----------------------Prismatic coefficient ---. Calculation of the effects of these :forces is.---.--------------------.---- 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 7. Before attempting the study of resistance the student should be familiar wjth the composition and nature of 14 ...--.-------. Army .-------.)tance of completely rigged ni rs hiP----------..------------------------.--------. ' is necessary because it is through these forces that control and stability are effected.-------------------.-------------..------... often a matter of more interest to the designer than to the operator.--------------.----. S ECTION II RESISTANCE Paragraph Fluid resistance---. is the result of use of control surfaces or of gusts encountered by the airship.1. The second class of aerodynamic :forces.semirig id R S . Fluid resistance.----------------.

a body at rest or in motion will remain at rest or continue to travel at constant • • ' FIGURE 4. that is. To enable the solid to maintain its motion relative to the fluid. This resistance may be considered from two points of view.d. Nnvy rigid Los .-(a) By Newton's first law. So to deflect the fluid or air a force must be applied. 15 . and with the action of gravitational forces. I n the case of the airship this f orce is that furnish ed by the propeller thrust. (1) Momentum theory. Whenever a solid object moves through a flu id it encounters a resistance to its motion. the molecules of the fl uid must be deflected to make room for t he passage of the solid. incapable of offering r esistance to shear between the particles. b. (b) It can be proved mathematically that if air were incompr essible and nonviscous. in th& atmosphere this ideal condition does not exist and the resistance is proportional to the total kinetic energy of the deflected particles of air. velocity unless some force is exer ted to change i ts condition. the thrust of air particles opposing the motion of t he solid would exactly equal the thrust of the air assisting the motion. with density and specific gravity calculations.t~geles.-U. H ence there would be no resistance to th e motion. However. S.TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 7 the atmosphere. These matters are discussed in TM 1-325.

00237 pound per cubic foot.conducted by Eiffel. 16 .TM 1-320 7-8 AIR CORPS (2) Pressure-differenoe theory. In front of the plate the air is under an increased pressure. The two systems in common use for ex-. adopted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Figures 5 to 15 give the action of the air on various shapes together with the values of K. K v=an empirical shape coefficient. The air is deflected from its course some distance in front of the plate and has a complex eddying motion in rear o. u2 Ro = K DAP2 where p= mass density of the air. v= velocity of motion in feet per second. 8. uses the formula: . where Rv=air resistance due to pressure difference.-Figure 5 shows the motion of the particles of an air stream passing a flat plate held at right angles to the flow. Before studying aerodynamic data. which is the ·value when the pressure is 29. b.). Some of the first practical tests made to determine the effect of shape upon the resistance offered the motion of solids through the air were . V =velocity of motion in miles per hour. (1) Under the engineer ing system the formula isR v= K a:AV2 . K IJ)=an empirically determined constant depending on the shape of the solid and the mass density of the air.-a. Since then studies have been conducted by various investigators until at present the store of information on this subject is quite elaborate. the system which is being used should always be determined." minus subscript. pressing air r esistance are the engineering and the absolute.' . This formula has more definite physical interpretation than the engineering formula from both the momentum and pressure-difference theories. (2} The absolute system.92 inches and the temperature is 60° F.f it. is used to denote K IJ) when the mass density of the air is standard (0. while behind the plate there is an area of reduced pressure. A = cross sectional area normal to the air stream in squar e feet. In lighter than air practice the letter "K . The drag can be considered as due to the difference between the pressures in front of and behind the plate. 2 '. Shape coefficients.is the dynamic pressure per unit of area or the velocity head of the air stream.

- -- -. F IGURFJ 6.00059 L).TM 1-320 8 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS .-Air stream tlow!ng by an inclined plate.00328 ___ -_ _.00328 27 -.-- ·- ·-~ . ·-: .. ...00124 0..00193 0. rectangle being somewhat more restricted than that in th e case of the square. Eiffel demonstrated that the circular disk gives about 5 percent less resistance than the square flat plate.ere...00265 50 10° 15° . shows a flat plate held normal to the air stream.. (1) Flat plate.. _~ -· ... the airflow around the edges of the X= ...00010 0. cc X= .. inclined.-Figure 5..emisph....-Air stream fiowing by a fiat plate.Figure 6 illustrates the case of the flat plate inclined to the air stream. .. -· . -~ ..Expe1'iments have shown that the resistance of a hemisphere with the concave side facing the -direction of motion is greater than that of a flat disk of the same exposed 285746"--41 8 17 .. E iffel's constants for different angles of incidence are as follows: Angle of incidence J• K 0.. -·· ' -- FIOURI!l 5. . . as described in paragraph 7b (2). (2) Flat plate.- . 20° (3) Oonoave h. Rectangles have slightly higher values of K than the square plate · of the same area..

0008 : : FIGURE 9. 18 . x = .TM 1-320 8 AIR CORPS cross section. 8}.00082 (see fig.oooea FIGURE ~.hat of a flat plat of the same cross section or exposed area. (4) Oonvero hemisphere.-For a hemisphere with the convex side facing the direction of motion or pointing against the wind the X= . Th~ coefficient of resistance is found to be about 0.00389 (see fig. The resistance of the convex hemisphere is much less than t. K for a concave hemisphere is about 0. X= . resistance is much less than for the concave hemisphere shown in figure 7.-Air stream flowing by a sphere. -Air stream tlowing by a concave hemisphere.-Air stream flowing by a convex hemisphere. 00389 : Jl'louam 7. 7).

The resistance of such cylinders decreases wl.00 fat. mately 4 to 1.ries somewhat with the speed.00205. The sphere is the simplest geometrical form and is the most efficient shape for maximum volume per unit weight but has a greater resistance than the more perfect streamline form (see fig. It will be observed that the spreading out of the lines of flow before reaching the sphere is less marked than for the flat plate in figure 5. K = 0.83 where L:o. ( 6) Oylinder (longitudiMl aaJis horizontal) .th length until the fineness ratio is approxi- X= ·?0123 fort= . . . but for ordinary velocities its value is about 0.. The coefficient of resistance of a sphere va. Where the fineness ratio is 4 to 1.flat -pla..TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 8 (5) Sphe-1-e.te R.= . = t R= .. is shown diagrammatically in figure 9.. The relative resistance of cylinders as compared to that of a flat plate of the same cross section is as shown in figure 10. The increase is due to the effect of slcin friction which will be discussed later. 19 .-Alr stream flowing by a cylinder (arts normal to air t'low). after which it increases.= 1. R.-Cyllnders. 11.7 7 FIGOREl where L: 0=3:1 10.. li'IGOR!l .5 .-The air flow around a sphere (which more closely approaches a streamline form) .008. 9).

or K =0. cross-sectional area. (8 ) Cylinder with hemispherical ends.0018.00123 (see fig. . (9) W ires and cables.W ires and cables may be considered as cylinders of very long length.5/ 1) the coefficient of r esistance is increased 27 p ercent. . E xperiments show that the resistance of wire or stranded cable when placed normal to direction of motion is very nearly equal to the resistance of a flat plate of the same projected area. 0006 for D =4 L - FIGURE 12. 11).TM 1-320 8 AIR CORPS (7) OyUnderr (vertical).-It is possible to r educe greatly the resistance of a cylinder by capping the ends with hemiCABLES WIRJ:S X: . 0026 -~ K: . 0015 X =•0029 ·~ FIGURE 13. The value of K for a cylinder with hemispherical ends ·and a fineness ratio of 4 is approximately 0. When the length and diameter of the cylinder are the same the coefficient of resistance is only slightly greater than for a sphere of the same K = .-When a cylinder of given cross-sectional area is placed with its axis of revolution at right angles to the direction of motion the resistance depends upon the fineness ratio of the cylinder.. 0013 • K =. The gain by the circular form of the wire is counterbalanced by its very 20 . spheres. and if the length-diameter ratio is reduced to one-half (or 0. The resistance is reduced to 20 percent of that of a cylinder with flat ends. or K =0.0006 (see fig 12).-Air stream flowi ng by a cylinder (hemispherical ends) . When the length-diameter ratio is increased to 4 to 1 the coefficient of resistance is approximately doubled.

Fimnessl!t:dto 4j/!. separately.P!.3 air flows around it in more uniform streamlines or in a more gradual curved path.s ~crlto 41% K:.-4 ~-r-:·. thus preventing the air from flowing in between them and . .ooo8:J FIGURE 14. The experimentally determined value of the coefficient of resistance is 0. narrow object perpendicular to direction of motion is greater than that of a more symmetrical form. An ' inclination of about 30° from the vertical /'inmes.. . 12 wires and cables perpendicular to the wind direction or direction of motion. K=.TM 1-320 AffiSHIP AERODYNAMICS 8 great length.-Struts.alone. -~ (b) When two wires or cables are close together and placed one just behind. If they are spaced more than 3ljz diameters their combined resistance becomes greater than a single wire but is still less than the resistance of the two wires tested l'lnen~ss Raho 2/1 1<Q. (a) The above discussion relates only to N. Stranded wire or cable ha~ a resistance about 14 percent greater than solid wire.ooo4 its resistance is very much decreased as the N. as the two wires have the effect of an increased fineness ratio. K is almost independent of the diameter for all sizes of N.PL. If the two wires are streamlined in this way their combined resistance can be kept down to about 50 percent of the r esistance of a single wire until their fineness ratio becomes greater than seven. If they are placed very close together their combined resistance is considerably less than the resistance of one wire . "/ / / 21 . .·. This shows that if two wires or cables are close together (within 5 diameters of each other) it is very advisable to put a filler block in between them.0026 for smooth wires. giving them the advantage of a single member of high fineness-ratio.0029 for stranded cables and 0. "I wire and cable.J. When a wire or cable is inclined to the perpendicular .PL 11'. The resistance of a long...OOQ38 reduces the resistance 20 percent and an inNP.· ~ clination of · 45° reduces the resistance 50 ' percent... The high value of the resistance caused by wires and cables immediately suggests reduction of wires and cables to the minimum by means of refinements in design and arrangement.the other there is a reduction in resistance due to shielding of the second wire by the first.

However.--.------------------3. (10) Struts of strecmWirw form.--.TM 1-320 8 AIR CORPS .OOl (average value) FIGURE 15.-------.4 Cylinder.-----------.21. Inclining the strut to the vertical does not have the effect of reducing the resistance for streamline forms.. 0 22 . d. but for blunter shapes (shorter than the true streamline) inclination reduces the resistance considerably.---. 5 Sphere-. c..5 Cylinder.65. The following problem illustrates use of the resistance formula: ( 1) Problem...plate 1 foot square placed at right angles to direction of motion when moving at a velocity of 30 miles per hour in air of standard density? (b) What is resistance at 60 miles per hour~ (2) Sol!ution.104. the following shapes have the relative resistance shown below : Percent Square plate-----------------. Based on resistance of a fiat disk. It can be seen that the effect of yawing is to increase greatly the resistanoo by placing the strut sidewise or at a different angle to the air stream. This is especially true of the inclosed models for which an average value of K is 0. This problem illustrates rapidity with which resistance increases with increasing velocity.0 Airship model --------. (b) Rv = KA V 2 = 0..-Air stream fiowing by airship~ For each different shape a new value of K must be determined by wind tunnel test.------------------------.--.-----.. horizontal--. (11) AirshVp cars.(a) What is resistance of a fiat . (a) Rv= KAV2 =0..·..-·.-It is fou~d in practice that the best fineness ratio for struts is 4 to 1.00328X 1 X900=2. there is a wide variance in the shape of airship cars and a corresponding variance in the value of K.001.95 pounds. A group of strut sections are shown in figure 14 and the value of K for each shape is shown.------------------------------------------------- 25.81 pounds.----------------.-All cars are built to take advantage of streamline form. K=...00328 X 1 X 3600= 11.. capped ends------------.

The pressure-difference resistance is least for a very long and slender form.00309pS vu 5 10.-a.0035pS0 • 98 vue where S is the total surface area. the total resistance is composed of resistanc:A-e(1) Caused by pressure difference. the exterior surface of which forms a plane of air cleavage. but for large rigids it has been found advisable to increase this ratio to 6 or 7 to 1.= 0. Coeftioient of skin friction.82. as a very long and slender form would have so high a skin friction as to more than counterbalance the gain by reduction of the pressuredifference resistance. (2) Skin friction. An increase in fineness ratio. In fact. When a solid passes through the air it carries along with it a very thin layer of air. b. In the case of a flat plate at right angles to the air stream the resistance is almost entirely due to the pressure difference in front of and behind the _plate. The value of the skin friction on an airship hull. As mentioned before. however. while the cross-sectional area and surface area both vary only as the square. resistance may be divided into two parts: ( 1) Pressure difference. Resistance of streamlined body.-a. A model of this ship was tested in the wind tunnel of the Washington Navy Yard and was found to have the lowest resistance coefficient -of any model ever tested there. c. as determined empirically by Zahm and others. is given by the formula: R . b.TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 9-10 9. 23 . Recently an airship had been designed whose hull has a much smaller fineness ratio than the conventional designs. A somewhat more convenient formula is-R r= 0. In general. noticeably shorter than any ships recently constructed. leads to an increase in surface area and so to an increase in skin friction. (2) Due to skin friction. It is necessary therefore to compromise on a moderate fineness ratio. Since the volume varies as the cube of a linear dimension. This airship has a capacity of 200. the less will be the pressure-difference resistance.000 cubic feet and a fineness ratio of 2. A fl_neness ratio of 4 to 1 is very good for a small nonrigid. This is not however the case with most solids. The resistance of the air particles to shear on this plane is called skin friction. the greater the fineness ratio.

Volume Qv= Maximum cross-sectional area X length VOl = Q. (4) The major diameter should lie between 33 and 40 percent of total length from the bow. A study of the shapes given therein in connection with the Prandtl coefficients will bring out the relative efficiency of the different streamlines. Values of 0 D for various speeds are given in table I. d. TMs leads to a more convenient expression for the resistance of airship hulls as follows : R = 0 DP (volume) •. .. Qv.TM 1-3'2 0 10-11 AIR CORPS the resistance is proportional to the two-thirds power of the volume. c. 24 .L The prismatic coefficients for different shapes are given in table I . (2) T he shape of extreme r ear portion of the hull does not seriously affect the resistance. Professor Prandtl.t. ( 3) The introduction of a cylindrical midsection causes an additional resistance equal to the skin friction on the increased surface area of the hull.A.se where OD is called the P randtl shape coefficient after the eminent authority. Certain general rules of design developed by experience and test may be summarized as follows: ( 1) The best form is one of continuous curvature with radius of curvature constantly increasing toward rear portion. The offsets for different types of airships are given in table II. 11.s v~.The ratio of the volume of any hull form to that of the circumscribing cylinder is called the prismatic coefficient. Prismatic coefficient.

80 42. 470 .-----590 -----590 -----. 0138 . 82 42. -.. 190 . E _______ -.·. 641711. 0141 .__ 3. Ou.-. IlL _____ __ _ 3. .-.. -t Name of model C) I x. 5. 7840 • 0162 . 76 11 . 43 34. 0140 • 6150 5. 81 46. 67 50. 0136 .. 08 42. 76 .. 30.p. 970 Prismatic coeffi· cient. 0153 . . 0136 6690 . 5.._. 381 0.--.L ______ __ __ 3. 267 . 7520 -----.. 323 . 89 45.. 0173 . 528 . 0181 . S23 . 4. 0159 . 0254 ..-----. 6914 5.---. 0174 ..--- '! l:rl ~ ~ ~> ~ >-<1 Q . 53. Q=. 323 .720 1. 627 . 800 0. 0190 . 0135 . UB.. Fineness ratio. 0141 . .··· -. 9.. 55.h. maxi· mum Surface. m. Yz diameter ____ ----. Sq.--·····- P. 80 49.- -. Goodyear. Dlame· . 0205 • 0 189 . 0174 . 0166 . -- Area Prandtl sha8~ coefficient. 92 . 4. 64 34. 52. 50 46.3... 6967 5.. 06 37.. 0277 ~ 1. 0321 . 3. Goodyear. I ter. 922 . .. 6777 .. __ ____ -.·· . 398 ..-570 -----. 4. 18 44. 317 . 597 . 7360 . 25 . 323 . 000 .Airship model characteristics and data Distance maximum diameter from nose Distance CG from nose -. l ~ Ol - ·- -. 39 34. 7119 36. E. 0591 12. 3..4 ____ -·. ------ ------ --~·--- --. P ony Blimp AA ______ __ 1.. 68 41. L -. 323 . 0156 .6417 5. 1 diameter _____ __ ____ __ 3. /) 0 I .---28. 0146 . 56. 1330 14. 323 .2 ___ ___ . Navy E-------. 0168 . 8810 2. 323 . 65U 6 . 5 diameter _________ ____ 6. Parseval P. 470 .. 2 cliamet3r ___________ __ 4. 88 .---. p. I. 6562 41 27 45. 15 -. p. . 21 00 21 74 80 02 27 51.-----602 ----. 6.. 597 . 0170 . 013Z .. 0147 .. 6. 0146 • 0148 ------ 6749 ..-----600 -----. 0161 1. 6621 . 7925 . UB-FC _________ _____ 4.--. 51. 25 36.p. 7760 -----.. 8. 0175 1. 59 43. T ___ ___ __ 5..-----.___ _ .--- . 323 • 5955 . 1.ft. 50. 5891 . 46 .d. h. 7184 .218 . 3 diameter ____________ _ 4..h. 00 46.---. 371 . 6090 35. . 16 43...__ 3. 0.. 23 35. 323 . 84 28. 75 43..'>7 • 0154 .. 224C 1. 0404 . 4. 2 5 2 8 5 1 ... 6891 35. 371 .--. 0134 • 6660 5. 76 --~.. Goodyear. 6417 4. 6095 34.·. 0165 • 6417 4. 13 18 82 96 55 94 47 ~ ~-'t-4 . 0173 1. 0136 . m.. 7. 8167 • 8358 43.---. 6. 0223 . 007 . 043 .. Parseval P.en ~th. p. 85 . 6417 9. 0154 .~~- .- 37. 00 35.. 36 33. 55.· -.. Z~3 .. 0219 ll. 76 40. 6909 .h.-100 -.·-----""' 060 620 870 820 650 640 130 030 4. 25 48. 0185 .-·..--. 42 38. 5679 . 20 40 60 A XL m.. 0205 . 49.Volume. Goodyear. 5. 0175 . 337 .h. 0144 . 9201 .4. Astra-Torres __. cross..2 ___________ ___ __ 4. h. 50. 8304 0.----.:l 0 . 90 44. . 0147 . 14 -----. 57 48. A s } 5 9 1 0 9 1 4 8 6 1 1 9 2 2 6 9 9 4 Feet Sq.. 5. 62 47.. 7240 . 0142 • 6417 5. 6417 7. 0144 . 49.ft . 83 . 3196 . 008 3.. 01.vy B (Goodrich)---·_.. 4.. 6417 5. ~ t. 05 36.--. 0164 1. 40 60 20 area m.. _ 3.--. 8603 ._ . L 5.. 323 • 323 .. 323 .------·· .3. .p. 4. 45 44. 0148 . 6870 5. 6003 29.--. 36. 33 45. 063::: 2. 4... 63 21 67 -··. 0141 • 6350 6.2. 0179 .. 6625 • 0164 . ·-.__. _____. 4. 52. 900 . 36 -----. 0175 1. m... TABLE -·. 6583 .0148 . 0164 • 6417 4. 4.VtJI. Navy 0 --. 0144 • 6870 5. . 7297 ... 80 43. 297 . m. 0168 o. S. 00 45. 8330 . 1638 12. !!_ ____ ___ _ _ 3. 9584 . 750 . 6624 40. 323 . 0192 ----------- C class cylindric midships 1-1 diameter __ ________ __ 3..· . . 6417 6. 6176 36. 49 45. 25 39. 6184 . FR L 15 -- -· I N a. 00 . 6417 8. 7~ 30. 6259 • 0159 ..ct. 61145 . 0146 . 0170 • 58" ~) V " 2. 6417 5. 0 154 0. 0169 . 54. 49 40. 4.---- 640 580 140 990 699 960 410 663 823 Index ofform efficiency.-.• ··-·. 96 48.. 3. 70 32.. 01 53 . 82 45.37 . 70 38. 6194 ---. 5677 31. 0150 .3 ____ . 4548 . Parseval S.--. sectional Vol. I. 37 49.ft.------.. 073 ...-.-2.. 6169 35. 10 41. L ____ ____ __ 3. Parseval P . 6417 4. 6624 . P. 6590 33. 5890 .-----41.·. 6417 4.---.34..-.·~ . 6331 . 750 . 86 45..-. 64 . 08 38. 0155 .. Goodyear 4 2 _______ __ 3. 760 .. 7840 -----. 0140 . 80 -----..··-. 4. 2471 . Q Hr=-· CD P. 4550 . 348 . 85::: -··-·· .~ ------ -. 19 .0.-1 -- ~ 00 "'. 4 diameter_ ____________ 5. 28 23.. 465 ..- . 600 ..-· -. 309 . _ 3.

.--..----. 5094 .1. 0132 0. - - EUiptical series (British) ~ E ~---------------. 20 33.. p.. b.ct. 3870 --.---41.------ .-E 3--.. 120 . 0184 . m. 120 0. Surface. Pa________ __ _______ __ 1. 3903 .-------------E4 _____________ ___ ___E 5----. 0147 . 55 -.. 65 34. J.---- ---------.- ----.1.-Airship model characteristics and data-Continued . D Area maximum Volume..---E 2. 19 ---. 5810 34. p.-- ----------- .- 4. 2.ct. 50.--------- . 384 • 3923 ------. 117 .-------------- Sq. 568 • 3920 . ' Parabolic series (British) p }____________ ____ ___ P2 ______________ ____ _ 1. 30.-. 20 Fin&ness ratio. 4. 6024 43. 3. 5265 . 1000 . 121 .h. 4.. · · · . 79 33. I-' I .---- ~ 0 0 594 598 173 217 . 5786 31. . 121 . 32.h. P4. 45 --···- . 0135 -. L 33.. 4. 1.120 . 118 . 4989 --------------- 30. 3. 3. 23... 0137 -. - 39 06 35 05 ---- -. 1.. 0138 ..~ TABLE . m. tanoo Dismaxitan co mum CG diameter from from nose nose Prismatic H. 11.al~ ------ 18 00 ---.-.------------.. 1658 0. . 3906 0.-. Q Vol. 35. 30. 3900 . 86 ----. 3867 . b. area A - -- Prandtl shape coefficient CD 10 60 m..- Feet Feet Sq.. 120 . 18 ---. 0167 .-39.-.. 06 -----45. 5293 . Name of model Lenzth· Diameter. 80 ---..-. 1.0 5835 44. 25. FR L D ~-· - . p. 743 .--. 22 47. 121 . -A-L - 0 Index of form efficiency Q 20 eo 40 m.------.-- . 070 460 000 500 000 ------ 43. p. 43 -----.L P.. . -------------------------- 090 070 830 140 -··- 49. ft.---0147 ------ P.------ -----. 1261 . 0972 . 0176 -. b. ft.-.. 0826 . 0729 • 0714 . 0168 0169 0226 02-15 - .... 1112 . ----------- 6. 3910 . ft. 32 15 42 20 37. p. 371 0. 0173 .---. 36 -.p. Cu.-60 85 -. 178 • 3929 . 00 35.·· ·- Dis.---0128 0120 0139 -. m. m. t-:) ..-. 3. ----------.. 5876 40. 23. 19 ---. .--. 31.--CD coom- cient.--. 1. 0970 .---.. 0193 -.------.. cross8 sectional Vol.

---. 00 70. L. 01 80. 14 31. 00 100. 69 83. 3 1 100.-. 00 83.. L. 43 39. 95 76.89. 99 83.--. 36 12. 24 79..84. 94 22.. 88 1. 00 39. I-£ ~ . 14 62.-. 00 . 52 78. 70 93. Distance from noso Diametcr Pet. 41 62. Parseval P .---. 18 45.. 25 21. 12 96.. 35 100.----. 87 55. 00 76. 00 83. 60 12..-----. 00 98. -- NavyO - Distance from nose Dlameter .--.. 31 99. 25 84. 57 25. 74 63.-. 16 90. 27 99.-----. 10 25. 00 78. 26 -----.. 96 94. D.·-.. 64 50. 00 56. 33 61. 07 97. 94 84.-. 11 33.-.. 71 84. 94 92. 36 65. 86 54. 35 100. 45 95. 21 95.-----92. 44 98. Pet.-.... 23 54. 91 89. 31 ----. 17 20. 17 10.----- -. 00 -. 37 66..-.- 2. 51 36. 22 34.-.Ojfsets of various streamline forms .0 100. 36 65. 74 75. 27 5. 68 23. 00 44. L. 21 . 75 29.-. 47 53.---. 00 67. 07 12. 03 24. 36 24. 24 58.-. 45 99. 75 77.-- -----. 04 25. 22 40. 56 56. 12 .-..--. 23 9. 99 100. 38 54.----.---. 00 35. Pet.. 16 4.- Pet. 97 88. 14 8. 68 33. 86 14. 66 75.-----. Pet.---. 00 59.-.!"d i t:j ~ z> ~ ~ {/l ------ --. 48 40. 27 1. 99 2. 94 47. 57 67. 66 19.-------------- ----. 75 -----------. 96 30. 89 47.cr eter eter eter nose nose nose - Pet.. 00 78. D.. 09 20. 80 37. L.-.------------. 76 54.. 97 ---. 98 96. 43 69.-. 9 6 69. 04 73.98. 18 45.94. 0 100. 00 12. 23 24. 25 98.-.-. 40 18.- ~ H .--- -- D istance Dlamfrom eter nose --- Pa. 61 10. 44 5. 87 55. 96 83.----.100. 34 22. 81 50.--. 00 96. 81 72. 00 24.---.. 95 85. 62 55. 18 19. 00 17. 75 86. 76 71. 98 99. 02 88. 41 2. 38 15..-. 00 100. 96 89. 64 58. 81 63.. 00 98. 96 97..--- ------.-----. 36 15. ~ . 75 41.--. 16 98.------ ---. P. 00 .-. 50 100. 78 88.---.---... 00 35. 0. 87 32.--. 60 77. 06 2..---. 90 90.---------------- ~ . 50 23. 20 78.. 61 9. 65 . 15 83. 25 -. 44 fr7. 13 89.----. 0 1 29. 95 5.-. 60 2.. 32 52. 00 51. 52 64.. - Distance from nose Diameter Pet.Distance Dlam. 56 80. 50 37. 94 48. 19 48.-. 65 4. 73 100. 00 91.T ABLE Navy B (Goodrich) . 96 30. 00 59. D.--. 51 32.---.--. 91 74.-----. 48 97.-. 58 63.--. D.-.--..~ ---- ------. 82 100. 32 29. 49 3. 73 24. 73 41.--. 00 83. 52 -. 37 18.95..--· 100. 69 66. 15 85. 32 59.-. 50 37..------ ---. 31 28. 99 47.--.-..--. 91 28. 35 98. 94 79. 06 7.. 95 5. 74 79. 83 ~ 47. L.------. 98 33. 0 -.-. 94 94. 09 42. 57 75. 61 48.------.. 97 64. 98 78. 00 57. 75 46. 45 35.-. 44 ---. 17 98.-----. 00 23. 96 70. 06 50.--. 07 20. 99 14.-. 0 87. 62 93.------ ---. 00 94.. 81 32. 49 93.---. 27 --. 53 70. 00 23. 00 85. 32 94. 47 -----.--. 51 70. 36 62. ].-. 86 91.9 1. 18 33.--. 90 60. 38 -.---. 92 24. 06 75.. 29 37. 84 85. 14 94.-----96. 12 14.--. 10 25. Pony blimp A.. 88 76. 75 54.. 25 27. 26 98.-.----. 00 .-.. Pet..Distance D!am.99.3 24.---.. 90 60.---.-.--. 96 99. 24 21. 83 89.--. 00 88. -----.--.-----.--.-- --- E.---. L. 26 --. 00 99. 89 16..96. 13 22. 45 65. 02 84. 0 97...---.-.-----98.. 98 95. 05 41. 81 50. T. Pet. I Parse val P. 07 99. 00 28. 25 89. 45 36. 48 70. 26 78. 00 34.-.-----. 38 92.-.--.-.--- -----. . 21 95. D. 98 91. .--.-. United States models NavyF - Distance from nose Diametor Pet.-.--.--. 00 79.-. 00 9 1. 79 4. L. 09 99. D..Distance Dlam· from from from et. 53 78. 56 31.--.---. 86 10. 05 51. 84 85.. Pet.---. 00 47. 40 71. 23 23. 19 33. 59 94. 97 100. 14 8..--. 63 94. 96 89. s. 68 43.-. ·- Pet. 89 71. 40 29.---. 05 60.---. 56 1. 58 2. ~8 94.0 -----. 22 11.. 98 4. 99 66.------.. 00 66.A... 05 19. 56 78. 36 44.-. 00 47.-. 99 79. 91 50.-.-----. 47 -.. 44 44. 25 27.--. 12 1. 54 98.- -----. Il. 69 59.---100.--. 66 75. 96 86. 47 2.-.-. 08 20.---. 7 8 39... 09 55. 70 14. 88 100. 91 59. III a. 98 98.. 00 98. Pet. Pet. 0 1 80.--.0 100.--. 97 94. 87 50. 96 45.--.--.---. 40 34. 00 .-----.. 50 32. D.---. 50 9.--. 00 51. 71 7...----. 97 99. 60 69. 00 41. II Parseval P. 00 ---------. 27 11. 37 1..0 92. Diam. 96 98.--. 73 15.---.---.0 -..--.-----. 99 95. 42 -0 68.-.-------.--- ---. 00 95. 93 35.. 34 67. 64 93.-. 00 47. 00 71. 83 8. 10 10.. 00 . 93 31. 18 8 1. 17 14. 00 39. 90 5. 27 84. 48 40. 11 100.-- -. 53 70.--.. L.. 81 98. 94 57.-. 43 86. 36 16. 69 88. 83 83..---. 39 75. 00 . 95 67.-..---. 34 92. 78 62.-. 97 91. 00 89. 08 44. 12 93. 17 20. 81 75. - Distance from nose Pet. 32 59. Pet. 00 100. 00 95. 00 71. 00 35. 00 98. 16 90..-.--.-----..-. 59 34.. 14 35. 92 2. 100.--. 00 99. 92 12.-.----.----.-.---. 45 81. 70 99. 90 74. 93 70.-. 92 2. L. 77 49. 88 49. Pet. 16 69. D. 17 10. D.--------96. 51 97.

In studying relative efficiency of shapes.nore efficient in this regard than others. 28 . Fortunately. Index of form e:fficiency.In general. There are several reasons however.5 feet 'vith the hull offsets those of the C type airship envelope. Qv is 0.=& 13. Scale effect. (2) R=0Dp(vol)2/3vl. ( 1) w·hat is total volume of envelope~ (2) "What is hull resistance at 60 miles per hour in standard atmosphere~ b.0136 at 60 M PH R=0. Proolem.00237X (195.86 22 60 MP H=60 X15=88 feet per second. GD from T able 1=0. The discrepancy between the calculated resistance and the actual resistance of the full-sized airship is attributed to scale effect.6562. Often errors in calculation due to :faulty data or bad theories are so explained away by those responsible :for the mistakes. 14. both the resistance coefficients and the prismatic coefficients must be considered. H t· · H.. why. in design it is desired to get the greatest volume from the. least surface area as this reduc~ weight and diffusion..-a. good streamlined shapes usually have high prismatic coefficients.5)2 = 1.vAL From Table I.000) 213 X881·86 R=455 pounds. Solution.0136 X0.485X200=195.000 cubie feet.(1) Vol =Q. One great reason why so much difficulty is encountered in determining prior to construction the resistance o£ the completed hull lies in the fact that the resistance of the model cannot be multiplied by the ratio of the linear dimensions of the model and the completed hull to determine the resistance of the latter. . even with proper data and theory discrepancies will ·exist between calculated and actual resistance.1416 A =4= 4 (43. H ence Vol=0. The ratio of the latter to the former is called the index of form efficiency.TM 1-320 12-14 AIR CORPS 12. Dlustrative resistance problem.-a.-Given an airship whose hull has a length of 200 feet and a major diameter of 43. but of course some shapes are r. 7rd2 3.6562X1.485 square feet.

Total resistance of airships may be subdivided approximately as follows for(1) Large nonrigids with closed cars: Percent (a) ~nvelope_____ ____ ____ __ ___ ___ _ _ _ ____ _ ______ ___ _ 45 (b) Surfaces--------. 15.---.. To overcome the effect of this difference a wind tunnel has been built at Langley Field in which p may be sufficiently increased to make the product pL for the model equal that of the full-sized small nonrigid airship.----. the kinematic viscosity coefficient.---..-----.-a.. allowance must be made for the fact that the L in the full-sized airship is very different from the L in the model. Hencee- v=~' where v 1s the absolute viscosity coefficient of the air and is a constant.-----------------..5 29 . The theory of dimensions shows that the coefficients of resistance. 1'L vary directly as -.---------._. v= kinematic viscosity coefficient of the fluid. .-----. b. v. a.20 (c) Rigging and suspension cables__ __ ________ _______ 15 (d) Cars_______________ ___ ___ ___ _______________ ____ 15 (e) Accessories --. and L : To predict fullscale performance from the model tests._ 15 (e) Accessories----------. v.. and consequently the co-efficient of resistance will be different. Resistance of completely rigged airship.---------------.. _ . There are· very little data available showing the relative resistance of the various parts combining to produce the total r esistance of a completely rigged airship due to the difficulty in obtaining dynamic similarity between the model tested and the full-scale airship.---·· _______-·. L=some convenient linear dimension of the body such as the diameter in the case of a cylinder.-· where v=velocity in feet per second.. e...' called the Reynolds number after Professor Reynolds._____ .TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 14-15 b. vL d.-------. depends on three variable quantities.. p. -. 35 (b) Surfaces----------. thus eliminating scale effect.-----.-------------------. is defined as the ratio between the absolute viscosity coefficient and the atmospheric mass density.----------------5 (2) Small nonrigids with open cars : (a) ~nvelope____ -------..-----.· 25 (c) Rigging and cables __ __ __________ _________ ____ ___ 20 (d) Cars--------------------.-.

13 (e) Accessories--------------.7 ( 4) (a) (b) (c) (d) Large rigids : IIull _________________________ __ ___ _____________ 60 Surfaces____ ___________ _____ ________ _____ ____ __ 15 Cars and suspensions---------------------------.---------.-.. They are however often complicated by poor instruments or faulty observation. where r is the radius of largest cross section.---------------. This latter is computed by the Munk formula : AMo=P1.. Tests are 1nade frequently on fullsized airships to determine actual risistance of the airship at various speeds. In these tests the airship is brought to a certain velocity and then the motors are idled. the velocity being recorded against time as the airship decelerates.__ .TM 1-320 16-16 Am CORPS (3) Semirigids: (a) (b) Percent ~velope. For the present more confidence is to be placed on the resistance formulas and the power requirement formulas which will be developed in the next section.tests are quite valuable as a check against the resistance formulas developed in this section. where ex.------.------------------------.. Mv= the virtual mass of Lhe ship. d.-------.7 (d) Cars__________ _____.------------~ 53 Surfaces _______ _____ ____________________ ___ ____ 20 (c) Jtiggjng. A ctually formulas are employed which in.= (deceleration in f eet per second) z. 30 . is given by the equation : R= Mv a. b. These deceleration . The general theory is that the resistance. Observing velocity at end of each second gives the rate of change of velocity.---------~-------. rendering it difficult to place a proper value on results so obtained. c. or deceleration. The virtual mass of an airship is the mass of airship and contents plus the mass of air which is carried along with it.---------------------. Deceleration test. for each second and by interpolation for each air speed.-a. or force causing deceleration.2q Miscellaneous rigging and accessories_________ ___ 5 16. volve calculus and are beyond the scope of this manual.

...--.----'-.4 X 359000) 550 =71. resistance of the airship must be overcome by thrust of the propellers.. The work done by the propellers equals the product of the resistance times the distance through which the airship moves. E..00237 X 3376.-a. (2) Solution.1 horsepower. or the quantity of work performed by 1-pound force acting through a distance of 1 foot.--·-.. P. = 550 e. Problem and solution-(1) Problem. Therefore the power utilized to overcome hull resistance must equal resistance multiplied by velocity in feet per second divided by 550. Hence work done in propelling the airship in footpounds equals resistance in pounds times air distance traveled by the airship. P = 550 _ (0.0136. F. Power is defined as the rate of doing work.-What horsepower will be required to drive an airship of 195. II): R = CD p (vol) 213 ut. Power required to overcome airship resistance. a.---Speed devel~ped by given horsepower_____________ ________________ _______ Summary------------------------.AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS SECI'ION TM 1-320 17 III POWER REQUIREMENTS Paragraph Power required to overcome airship resistance__ ___ _____________ __________ Results of various speed trials-----. · b.000-cubic-foot capacity at 60 miles per hour (88 feet per second) in atmosphere of standard density~ The envelope shape coefficient is 0. 1 horsepower equaling 550 foot-pounds per second. p 31 .--------------Burgess' formula for horsepower. d. The envelope resistance. is 40 percent of the total resistance of the airship. is 60 percent.0136 X 0.--------.-------.--.-------------.-The horsepower necessary to overcome hull resistance is given by- Cn (vol) 213if·86 H.-----------.. To maintain uniform velocity in flight.86 Then the horsepower required to overcome this resistance is given by the formula: Cn p (vol) 213if·86 H. The unit of work in the English system is the foot-pound. The resistance is given by the equation (see sec.______________ --·------------ 17 18 19 20 2l 17. The propeller efficiency.

T. The following data were obtained by progressive speed trials made on the United States Navy C class nonrigid airship of 180.40~o. P.000-cubic-foot capacity at 60 miles per hour (88 feet per second) when the atmospheric density is standard.0165.0165 X0.1)(o.000-cubic-foot capacity: 22 . the coefficient of resistance 0' D of the completely rigged ship is 0.=6o~----- = 275 horsepower. =296 horsepower. nppro:-dmately.-What horsepower wil~ be required to drive an airship of 195. = 0' D p(vol) 213 v 8 H. 18. 60) f. the horsepower to overcome total resistance Since propeller efficiency is 60 _percentTotal horsepower required= (71. P. g. and the propeller installation efficiency is 60 percend (2) Sol1JJtion. Results of various speed trials. the following is a convenient formula for the horsepower required when the percentage of resistance due to the hull and the propeller efficiency are known. As illustrated in the problem in d above.= 550E where 0' D is the shape coefficient of the model. A commoner method of determining the horsepower requirements is to determine a shape coefficient by wind tunnel test of the completely rigged model.M 1-320 17-18 Am CORPS Since hull resistance is but 40 percent of total. Then the horsepower required becomess-0 D p(vol) 213 v8 H.00237 X 195000213 888 ~----~~ 5s=o~x~o~. 550 E 0. (1) Problem.-a. In this case the body in question is not as perfect a streamlined shape as the hull itself so the resistance varies more nearly as the square of the velocity.

000 2. b.200 1.140.000 2. 4 92. P . 018 The value 0'D is the corrected coefficient of resistance.400. 3 78. H. 440 1.140. A very h andy formula for determining the horsepower required to drive an airship of any given volume and speed is furnished by t he N ational Advisory Committee for Ae1·onautics Report No. 73.020 . 300 1. 5 88. 019 .Maxiporber of mum B.000 2. as follows: H. 039 . 5 450 1. 440 1. 031 19. 3 78. 200 1. 3 78.000 67 49 62 56 56 58 69 66 65 0. 87. 9 94. 000 2.200 2. 107 . • 1. 047 .-a. Burgess formula for horsepower. 038 . 194. 80. 640. 100 1.= v3p_(vol)2' 3 ~8 Op .pounds V in footseconds 66. 640. P. 6 113. 200 1. 200 1. 3 C' 460 645 645 645 645 645 745 745 694 3 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 7 62.400 109 143 183 231 60 60 60 60 Total H ull Appendages 540 643 754 875 334 394 457 517 206 249 297 358 C'D 0. 031 . 045 . P . 031 . 200 1. 6 3 1 7 E' R .000 ProNum. 8 94. 5 94. 034 .000 2. B.TM 1-320 18-19 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS R. H. 5 92. The proportional val ue of the appendages or parasiw resistance was computed from the wind t unnel data. tional veloceneffiity gmes • ctency D Footseconds Feet 45.000 2. 0 95. 140.140. 019 . also the proportions o£ hull resistance appear high. 3 78.027. 3 78.140. P M. but its accuracy is somewhat uncertain . 9 78. The value o£ 0' D obtained from the wind t unnel test was ·o.000 2.000 2. 3 78. 3 78. The follow·ing data were obtained from deceleration tests of German r igid airships: Name Cubic feet . • D L Feet J-'Z 10 L 33 L 36 L 43 L 44 L 46 L 57 L59 L 70 706.

v o.000 300. X 550 X E = -y 0 . or a total of 300 horsepower.) /H. X 01)f h 9 = V P ( vol) 213 rom paragrap 1 a.. 34 .000..000 cubic feeL ________ ___ ___ _________ 6. W hat speed should be obtained at full powed (2) S olution. solution.. The atmospheric density is standard.------------. v=-y 3 I P. .000 = 273 horsepower . 3 /H.000 b.-An airship of 195.000 to to to to 3. 3 3 3fH.00237) (195.P.()()() cubic f eet_ ___ ______ ____ ________ __ 10.Op= 22.000 R igid airships 1.000 Cp=33.X550 XEX F\0' 36 v=-y CvXPX (vol)2ta = CvXP X (vol)2/3 . 20. b.000 to 400.oo237 x (1 95ooo) 2 3 ' =90.000 4..Op=21.000 cubic feet------------. Speed developed by g iven horsepower.(0.TM 1-320 19-20 AIR CORPS where Op is a constant which can be taken from the compilation below: N O"nrigid airships .000 cubic feeL.8 feet p er second = 6L9 miles per hour.Op=20.000. Solving the problem given in paragraph 17g (1) by the Burgess formula gives• P ( vol )213va H.000 to 300. P. -·---------.0J:> cuui<: feeL--------·-·----------------.000.000 to 2.000.----- Cp=32.000. from paragraph 17}.sn /H.000 cubic f eeL__ ____ ______ -. X P X (vol )2' from paragraph 17g.-.-a. By transposing the horsepower for mulas the following formulas are obtained for the speed developed by a given horsepower : 2 .000 Cp= 34.Using Burgess' formula.000..000. X550XEX F (H.000 cubic feeL ___ __________ __________ Op=30.---------------------4. X 01) p(vol)21a 300 X 20000 .-(1) Problem. P . 50.000) 11' 3 (88)8 20 .= Cp . P.000 3.000.000 to 200. Problem and. P.000.000 6.000 Cp =35.000.000 2.000 200.000 cubic feet_ ________ .000cubic-foot capacity has a power installation of two motors developing 150 horsepower each.

(2) Solution.-------. d. b. (b) Shape coefficient.-----------------------Damping moment------------------------... TM 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 2Q-21 c. Since power plant weights vary directly as the horsepower.-------------------.. In still air the higher the speed the less economical the fuel consumption and the shorter the radius of action...---------Description of major axis of airshiP..--------.-------------------------S1JmJuarr-----·-----·------------.4 =88.-. Experience has shown the lower figure. the weight of the power plant varies also as the cube of the speed.-An airship of 195.---------·--.-----Forces and moments acting on airshiP----------. -·fl"'---·-·- 35 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ~ .--. The study of just which air speed is the most economical will not be discussed in this manual as it properly belongs to the subject of navigation.-----.40 ) 0·86 V= ( 0..---------------------Longitudinal stabi I i ty .-----------.---Center of buoyanCY.------------------.. .-----.. as determined by Prandtl coefficients.-----. 8EariON IV STABILITY Paragraph Variation of pressur-e distribution on airship bull__ _________________ _____ Specific stability and center of gravity of airshiP-------------.-------..-Using Prandtl coefficient...----------.0136X0.0136. What speed can be expected using the following data~ (a) Standard atmospheric density. ····.. 21. to be more generally correct than the higher figure as determined by the Burgess formula. A point is readily reached therefore beyond which it is not economical to increase the speed due to the excessive weight"s involved.--. E. Summary.engines developing a total of 300 horsepower..-----. (e) Propeller efficiency.-------------Lateral stability---------------------.--Types of stability---------------. 0 n is 0.--.4 feet per second=60. This is not true when the airship is traveling against adverse winds.-Directional stabilitY----------------------..------. (d) Envelope resistance is 40 percent of total resistance of completely rigged airship..000-cubic-foot capacity is to be equipped with two .--.00237X3. .-----.-a. Problem UJrU1 solution.--. is 60 percent. From study of the formulas it appears that the speed of an airship is proportional to the cube root of the horsepower.----------------.3 miles per hour.----------------.. or vice versa the horsepower varies directly as the cube of the speed.376.-----. (1) Problem.60X0. 300X550X0.

ion has the following charactertistics : · ( 1) Distribution depicted is uniform for any plane passed through the longitudinal axis.S. in other words. 36 ~ . Other angles of attack have similar distributions. sidered as a symmetrical solid of revolution. This pressure distribution will be true whenever the line join~ ing the tip of the nose with the tip of the tail (longitudinal axis) is + + Direefion o! mofiDfl FIGURE 16. pa.--a. . When. Throughout the discussion the airship was considered to be flying on an even keel and in a straight line. In section II resistance of an airship was shown to be parfly caused by increased n<?Se pressure. 22! Variation of pressure distribution on airship hull. aX.. the pressure distribnt. c. Because an airship can be con~ . the following chara_cteristics are observed: (1) Positive pressure on the nose lies almost entirely in a zone beneath the axis. (2) Varying reduced pressure exists from a section just in rear of the nose to a section just forward of the tail. dynamic forces are present on the hull.-Pressure distribution on airship hull (longitudinal arls pa rat:el to direction · of motion).J. 22 AIR CORPS . The distribution shown holds equally true whether the deviation of the axis from the direction of motion is in a horizontal or a vertical plane. the inclination is in the vertical plane. Before entering· the subject of stability proper it will be necessary to show variation in pressure distribution on the hull when the airship is not flying as considered in section II.TM 1-320 . Figure 17 shows the distributions in pressure for an 18° angle of attack to the relative air. All forces were parallel to the direction of flight. (2) Plane of transition. is oblique with regard to the.. figure 17. for instance. b. BO. but that on the tail is too small to be of much assistance to forward motion.rallel with the direction of motion. or. Figure 16 shows a typical pressure distribution on an airship hull when the airship is in horizontal flight in a straight line and on an even keel. when transverse aero. {3) Both nose and tail have positive pressure.

Invariability of suspension of the car from the envelope is insured by a rectangular system of suspensions braced by diagonal cables -----. Specific stability and center of gravity of airship. The center of gravity is the point at which may be aE:3umed to be applied the total resultant of the various weights which oppose the lifting power of the gas. falls above the car and either slightly above or slightly below the bottom of the envelope (see fig. As . 23.. These cables prevent any very appreciable motion of the car in regard to the envelope in case of oscillations of the airship in vertical longitudinal plane or in transverse plane. (2) Relative positions of envelope and cars and surfaces. 24.The center of gravity of the ascensional force of the gas contained in the envelope is called the center of buoyancy.Pressure distribution on nlrsbip hull (longitudina l axis Inclined to direction of motion).TM 1-320 22-24 AffiSHIP AERODYNAMICS {3) Areas of reduced pressure are not symmetrical. Center of buoyancy. b.. Conditions necessary f or specific stability are the invariahility of(1) Shape of envelope whether airship is in motion or not. For an envelope which is not moving this point should . FIGURE 17 . Methods used to maintain envelope shape are discussed in section I. will be shown later specific stability is absolutely essential to static stability of airships..- . Usually for 'nonrigid airships the center of grayity. the position · of the center of gravity of the airship may be determined. By specific stability is meant the property of the airship itself to maintain the relative position of its various parts unaltered in any contingency. W'hen invariability of suspensions has been assured. lengthwise and crosswise.-a. c.. d. 18). The position of the center of gravity is naturally not invariable since the live load of the airship is variable. M . Their maximum values occur beneath the stern and above the bow. .

l c. it should be located on the axis of the envelope itself. To conform to the system of nomenclature used by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. b. M. or at least it moves in such a way that the distance is a definite function of the angle of inclination of the envelope on the horizon. but the distortion is slight enough to be disregarded. That dissymmetry may cause this phenomenon is quite obvious. or a combination of these 38 . when one or the other of the conditions mentioned is not fulfilled. due to the loading of a nonrigid. since this is supposed to be a straight line connecting the extreme end of the prow with the extreme end of the stern (see fig.ch. yaw. the point G moves a moderate distance away from the above vertical.-a. or when with the airship partially filled with gas the axis is deviated in the vertical plane from the position of rest. b. if in addition to not being full the envelope is inclined longitudinally.TM 1-320 24-26 AIR CORPS obviously be located on the vertical line passing through the center of gravity.of gas. assume. before going any further. and for an envelope which has the form of a symmetrical solid of rotation and which is full of gas. as possible movement of the gas in the gas bag. as previously stated. that for an envelope with(1) Horizontal axis. The airship hull. a. Lastly. X' X in figure 19. even if the envelope is symmetrical the point G will be located above the axis. Obviously any angular deviation whatsoever of the airship will be found to be either pit. However. Moreover. Without entering into a minute descripFiouRE 18.Posltlons of · f h · d b centers of gravity and tlon 0 t e vanous arrangements resorte to y buoyancy in nonrigid air· different constructors in order to lessen as far ship. the system of r:otation outlined in figure 19 will be uniform throughout this manual. G. or roll. is a solid of rotation and hence symmetrical about the axis of rotation. Actually. is not located on the axis in question. 25. when the envelope is not a solid of rotation (as is the case with the Italian semirigid) . that is. (2) Oblique axis. the center of gravity. a. 18) . if the airship is not full. or when it is not full . the point G is on the axis when the envelope is full. and moves along a line through M perpendicular to the axis as the amount of gas in the envelope decreases. the shape of a cross section of the hull is more nearly elliptical with the major axis of the ellipse vertical. Description of major axis of airship. movement of the gas toward the high end will cause the point G to move in the same direction..

.-.. Q) RolL __ Pitch __ 4> Yaw ___ e u v '1' w ' showing axes of airship and conventional symbols related thereto. 0 Obi) ~ .~ £ & LongitudinaL __ ___ X X LateraL __ _______ _ y y NormaL _________ z I z I I .. 8...... 0 ...0 Q) .ala! . .·~ ~ .tl........ Types of stability.> .. With this fact in mind the types of stability now will be considered.. rJl Q) ~ 00 Rolling ___ L 1 YPitching __ M z Yawing __ N -z X x--Y s~ t:l . -s 0 ..a/ Axis / / \ \ ~osifive Oire cf"itms oF 1'9xe...0 ~ a>.. ~ .... static and dynamic..s '"'» a!UJ B ..a -..s~wn hit drrow....g.s) ' Axis ..8 ...lbO .-a..-Cbart -39 ~=: · H ~ bO ~ p q r .a ~ Q) ~ 0 ~ 00 ~~ ..TM 1-320 25-26 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS motions.... (1) Strictly speaking.... .... Stability is defined as the tendency to return to a position of equilibrium after a small deviation from that position.... Under this condition an air- Normt~l or verlh.9l. the only real statical stability is that which exists when the engines are stopped. Velocities ~ I Designation Angle Q ~ s:l ..s and /lnfJ~ (Forces ond. 3' Moment about axis 0 ~ ... 26..m oment-. ~ I ... ~ ..... 0 .0 Q)~ ~ Q . In airships stability is accomplished by two means. FJGtJRE 19.5 . b.....

-a. w Airs/lip l'rtll'~h/1~ hDri'zonl"t~l!y in Sl"t~flc ~9uiliiJri11m.. 27. (4) Form of airship remains unchanged. d. An airship in steady flight has three types of stability. and roll about the longitudinal axis.. an airship is statically unstable in yaw. G. then the airship will be acted on by the following forces and moments (see fig. the three types of stability being independent of each other. W ere it not for these surfaces airships would become unmanageable at very slow speeds. (3) Speed remains the same.. This requirement is not dependent upon the plane in which deviation from steady motion occurs. c. as will be shown later. (6) Controls remain in neutral.while its longitudinal axis makes an angle of oo with the flight path. (1) Forces: (a) L 0 =Lift of inflating gas acting through center of buoyancy. Forces and moments acting on airship. 40 .Forces on airship in horizontal flight. (2) Dynamic stability is the stability effected by action of the air ~tream upon controlled surfaces. . Suppose an airship flies along a horizontal right-line trajectory . (2) Total weight remains constant. this is not the case with an airship. and. pitch or longitudinal. Stability may be classified further.TM 1-320 2~27 AIR CORPS ship is statically stable if it tends to return toward initial condition of steady motion whenever slightly disturbed from that motion. 20). The followi ng discussion will be based upon the assumptions for each situation that(1) Ascensional force remains constant. Lon~ifudintJ! t~xis coinicidenr with direction o/ mot-ion FIGURE 20. While these stabilities are all correlated in the case of an airplane. (5) Center of gravity and center of buoyancy remain fixed. yaw or directional.

~. acting through center of gravity.-Airship statically heavy. (6) Oase No.locity- L u= W R=T However. the airship will descend at a greater angle than the inclination. (2) Moments about M: (a) Moment L 0 = L 0 X0 =0. six cases which • ar1se.0 with the horizontal. nose tilted up. 4. F or this r eason airships are customarily trimmed a few degrees nose heavy when full of gas. Obviously. are-e(1) Case N o. P. since the airship climbs at the angle of tilt. b. nose tilted down. a. Because of the heaviness.-Airship in static equilibrium. In this case. acting through center of pressure. (} = 0° and the airship will descend at the angle. nose tilted down. 3. i. (2) Case N o.-Airship statically heavy. for static equilibrium and constant ve. a .-Airship statically light. the moment of thrust and resistance is unbalanced and will tend to nose the ship up. 41 . nose tilted down. Suppose that some force such as a gust of air should give the longitudinal axis a slight tilt to the horizontal. if the airship is riding on an even keel. acting parallel to axis of envelope at distance o below M. nose tilted up. 5.'I'M 1-320 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 27 (b) W = Total weight of dead and live loading. (}=0° and the airship will climb at the angle. H ere the airship will descend at a lesser angle t han the inclination and the angle between the horizontal and the longitudinal axis will equal a+ D. As before. 4. 6. nose tilted up.-Airship in static equilibrium. (c) R = Resistance of envelope and appendages. (5) Case No. and t he longitudinal axis will make the angle a+(} with the horizontal. (4) Case No. (b) Moment W = W X 0= 0. (3) Case No. M. The longitudinal axis makes the angle a . (d) T= Propeller thrust. ( o) Moment thrust-resistance couple= T ( o+d). Depending on static condition of airship and direction of inclination. if the angle between the longitudinal axis and the direction of motion is denoted by (} and the angle between the direction of motion and the horizontal by a.-Airship statically light. In t his event the airship will climb at a lesser angle than the amount of tilt. This case is similar to case No. the longitudinal axis making an angle of a-& with the horizontal.

Defined as static righting moment.TM 1-320 27 AIR CORPS c. Figure 21 shows case No. (b) P ropeller thrust. are noted: (1) Forces: (a) L 9 = Lifting force of gas. (e) L 8 =a cos (a ±8). (/ ) F a= Resultant force on tail surfaces. and moments. {f) Rs=a sin (a± 8). (e) Re= H orizontal component of dynamic force on hull. lever arms. 17). (c) F 6 • D ue to increased pressure below the hull. However .-Lever arm of( a) W =k sin (a±8). inclusive. The force below nose and tail are opposite in direction. T heir difference. (b) L 9 = o. Fe tends to rotate entire airship in a positive direction about M. (i) T =Thrust of propellers. all general to cases Nos. 3. (j) t = Horizontal component of propeller thrust. the following forces.-Moment of(a) Weight. (2) Lever mms about G. (3) Moments about G. both forces cause rotation in the same direction. (b) W = Total weight. and their moment is referred to as dynamic upsetting moment. Me. since the nose force is slightly the greater. is called dynamic lift of hull. I t will be evaluated later. NOTE. T ( c +h ). the entire upsetting moment being treated as though it were caused by the increased pressure under the nose. (c) T = (c+h). (g) L 8 = Li£t of tail surfaces. I t is present irrespective of speed and at all times equals W h sin (a ± 8). which in turn depends on the angle 8. (g) Fe varies with the position of P. (h. (k) Lt=Vertical component of propeller thrust. (c) Fe=Resultant air force on hull.-Tbe force beneath the tail has been omitted from the figure in order to avoid confusion in the drawing. (h) L e=b COS (a±8).) R a= Drag of tail surfaces. 42 . Figures showing the other cases would be quite similar. This is assisted by reduced pressure beneath the tail (see fig. 1 to 6. (d) F 8 =a (assuming F . Referring to figure 21. perpendicular to the surfaces). (d) L e= Vertical component of dynamic force on hull.

This is called the damping moment as it is entirely independent of position and attitude. one of translation as a whole and one of rotation about the center of gravity. including the tail surfaces. but they act together to give a moment tending to depress the nose and so to resist the motion existing..-a. If the rotation were such that the nose was descending. superposed on each other. but acts always in such a manner as to oppose existing motion and bring the airship to steady fli~ht. 29. is considered as having two motions. the sum of the restoring moments must exceed the upsetting moments.a. 43 . Oscillations of the airship are damped exactly as oscillations of a pendulum are damped if the bob is light and has a large vane attached to it. 3). Ms = Ls a cos (a±O+R s a sin (a±O). a moment tending to raise the nose would appear. 28. In the case illustratedM. Damping moments may be determined experimentally in a wind tunnel. Ms. are moving downward. There is one moment which has not been discussed. This opposes the dynamic up~tting moment. every part of the airship forward of the center of gravity is m~:>Ving upward. There will then be an upward pressure of the air against the rear part of the airship and a downward pressure on the forward part. but the mathematical theory when these moments are quantitatively taken into account is extremely complex and will not be discussed here. so far as translational motion is concerned. Damping moment.Forces on airsb1p in inclined fligbt (case No.se elevt~tw/ L. + Wh sin (a+O) >Me+ T(c +h). If the airship. The upward and downward forces approximately cancel each other Ship lxvlvy-No. b.. Longitudinal stability. it is clear that during that portion of the angular oscillation in which the nose is rising. oscillating as it travels along its path. For longitudinal stability. F"e Le FlGUU 21. while all parts to the rear of that point.AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS Tltl 1-320 27-29 (d) Tail surfaces.

speed. works against the thrust couple when _ the airship is in a climbing attitude and with it when the airship is in a descending one. neglecting for the moment propeller thrust and resistance. 1 and 2 ar e unimportant as will be shown later. Tables of values of k2 and k1 are given in National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Report No.= (Vol)~v2 (k2-kt) sin 28 where k2 and k1 are constants to correct for t he fact that masses of air are carried along with the hull in both transverse and longitudinal motion. H ence the relation for critical speed without fins becomesMe sin 28Ve2 = Wh sin (a±8) Wh sin (a±8) Vc=-= M e sin 28 where Vc=critical speed. the static couple.3. 0. Obviously case Nos. Combining the constant factors in the formula into one constant. . critical speed. upsetting moment varies as the square of the speed. 3 and 6 are the ones which must be considered when designing for stability. Me: M t=Me sin 28v2. d. For instance.'l'M 1-320 29 AIR CORPS However. W·h sin (ex± 0). b. 3 and 6. Obviously as the speed increases a velocity will be reached where the upsetting moment just equals the righting moment. The dynamic moment of £he hull. Case Nos. So for practical purposes is the upsetting moment. on the other hand. From the relations given in a above for case No. this r elat ion does not hold in each case. the. but opposes it in case Nos. c. the 44 . 184. The static righting moment is nearly a right-line function of the angle. assists the righting moment in case Nos. t he critical speed would be reached whenM e= Wh sin (a±B). This is called the critical . By the formula of Doctor M:unk: M . For an Italian military airship of the M type the critical speed without fins is 29 miles per hour. But whereas the righting moment is independent of the velocity. From the M:unk equation it appears that 111c varies directly as sin 20 and as the square of the speed. For an airship without control surfaces. I ntroducing the tail surfaces gives a much higher value of the critical speed. 4 and 5. This would give a very low .

vary as the cube of a linear dimension. If the airship is not longitudinally stable.r ea. f.TM 1-320 29 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS equation of stability at the critical speed. All aerodynamic moments.(Jvc 2 where 01 is a constant combining the surface coefficient and the fin a. Hence 8 becomes zero and Vo becomes infinite. while on a stable airship these deviations would be capable of self-correction if left manually uncorrected. S. since inertia of the airship retards change in dir ection of motion from the horizontal path and prevents the airship immediately adopting a line of flight coincident with its longitudinal axis. for geometrically similar airships. to ~fa or to the square root of a linear dimension. A large airship can therefore be stabilized with tail surfaces proportionally smaller than 4o . g: The statical righting moment varies as the fourth power of a linear dimension of the airship. on the other hand. the pilot may increase materially the effect of the control surfaces. the flight path theoretically coincides with the longitudinal axis.018a e.8)=Me. Actually by varying his elevator angle. The critical speed is therefore proportional. F s= 0. as stated in paragraph 27b. -y M e sin 28. T his agrees with the theoretical facts since with no angle of attack to the air str eam the transverse dynamic forces become zero for all speeds and the static righting moment would restore quickly the airship to the horizontal position. This further increases the speed which the airship may travel without loss of control. however . iss-F\$a+ Wh sin (a. this can never be practically true. For a condition of static equilibrium.ince the force on an inclined plate is approximately a right-line function of the angle of inclination. Actually. omitting the thrust-resistance couple. the pilot must correct deviations from the chosen path as soon as they appear. or if in other words it is being operated above its critical speed. . In the preceding discussion the controls h ave been considered to be held in neutral. the ascensional force F being proportional to the volume and so to the cube of a linear dimension. As before-eHence M e sin '28v/= 0 18ve2a+ W h sin (a+ B) v_ e- / Wh sin (a + O) . both on the hull proper and on the tail surfaces.

:. the vertical fin surfaces are never large enough to provide full stability.TM 1. maintenance of directional stability devolves upon the pilot who must correct any deviations as soon as they appear. 30. The only rolling motions are those due to side gusts against the car and bag and those due to centrifugal force when turning.. An unstable airship requires closer attention from the pilot than does one which is stable. Lateral stability. but it is not necessarily either difficult or dangerous ·to operate and has the advantage of being more easily maneuverable than the more stable types. 31. It is quite true that a force resisting this circling is exerted by the vertical surfaces. but the total fin surface is never large.ir strikes on the side of the envelope and sets up a moment tending to turn the airship farther from its original course. Use of the rudder will be more fully discussed in sec6on V. Otherwise a deviation once started will tend to in. is increasing and . This is quite different from the condition of longitudinal stability where the elevator can be left locked in any particular position and the airship will return to its original attitude if atmospheric disturbances have momentarily changed that attitude. is taken care of almost automatically in airships.-a.. Directional stability is maintained in part by use of vertical fixed fins and rudder. Me. As soon as there is any deviation from the straight line of flight the a. The· moments of these forces are overcome immediately by the large restoring moment due to the low position of the center of gravity. as mentione. At the same time the lateral force on the envelope. This moment corresponds exactly to the upsetting moment. and the rudder must be used to assist them. Directional stability. which corresponds to the dynamic lift. There is then an unbalanced moment which tends to give the airship an angular acceleration and so to turn her more and more rapidly.:320 29-Sl AIR CORPS those necessary on a small one traveling at the same speed. which is a very difficult problem in airplanes.d above. but.. enough to provide complete directional stability Since there is no statical restoring moment to overcome a horizontal deviation from the flight path. When the rudder is set in neutral it acts as additional fin surface.furnishes the necessary centripetal force to keep the airship traveling in a circular path.-a. since the same statical restoring moment acts with regard to roll as with regard to pitch and there is no dynamic upsetting moment to oppose it. which opposes longitudinal stability.crease until the airship is traveling in a circle of so small a radius that the d~mping moment balances the turning moment due to pressure on the nose. Roll46 . Stability in roll. b.

. the altitude pilot may desire a longer approach than usual. The static stability of an airship wit~ r egard to both roll and pitch may be increased by lowering the car. .. (2) Airships must be designed carefully to give longitudinal stability.----. In this nr gard the designer has no trouble whatsoever.------. SECTION v CONT ROL Paragraph General types--------------.35 Reverse---------------------------------------------------------------.----------····-------.--. Control of airships may be subdivided into two classes. but this gives equilibrium only at the sacrifice of ease of control and efficiency.· .------. Airship stability may be summarized as follows : (1) Airships are very stable about their lateral axis.325).. one for direction.--------.. T his problem is however of more interest to the designer than to the pilot.-a. Instances of the value of coordination are too numerous to mention.--------------------------.TM 1-320 AffiSHlP AERQ.- 34 AJtitude--. Summary.-a.37 33.----...---------------. one for altitude.--. since lowering the thrust line increases the thrust moment and lowering the car increases length of suspensions and hence parasite resistance. For efficient performance the two pilots should be familiar with each other's style of flying and constantly alert to render each other assistance. directional and altitude.. but there is never any danger of its r eaching an excessive value. and on all but the smallest airships two pilots are utilized. b. 47 . On nearly all airplanas these two types of control are so interr elated as to necessitate their both being performed by one pilot.. In airships this is not the case. (3) Airships are statically unstable in yaw. but fortunately capable pilots have little difficulty in achieving desired results..36 Application of dynamic contr ol t o operation of airshiPS-------------------.--.----. b.DYN AMI CS 31-33 ing may be very uncomfortable because of the short and snappy period. b.--. 32. to obtain the proper additional superheat to effect a landing (see TM 1. necessitating the closest attention on the part of the direction pilot to counteract circling by means of the rudder.----------.--------. General types.33 Directional .-------------------. No concrete problems have been given in this section as the application of fundamentals covered therein will be shown in section V. The direction pilot should so arrange the course as to meet needs of the situation. For instance.

. Directi onal. the airship will hold its own course unless acted on by some exterior forces such as gusts. It is essential that the pilot have a clear conception of the reaction to rudder control of the airship in a turn. As the airship moves to the left and as its nose turns to the right. it gives the moment about the center of gravity tending to turn the nose to the right. o. for example.. b. On cross-country . curiously enough. As stated in paragraph 33. Then since the g usts strike about equally from both sides the mean course of the airship will be the one desired. this turning to the right will continue. that the first effect on putting the rudder over to 48. When it is desired to turn to the right.TM 1-320 34 AIR CORP S 34. but a good pilot can keep the magnitude of the oscillations from exceeding a few degrees. the force on the left-hand side of the envelope becomes greater than the force on the right-hand side of the rudder and there is a centripetal force to the right so that the airship starts to move to the right. the rudder is put over to the right. These must be overcome by prompt application of the rudder in the opposing direction.-a. d. but since one force is applied to the front and the other to the rear. The instantaneous effect of this rotation is to produce a force to the left acting on the right side of the rudder. I n the second place.flights his problem resolves itself into that of holding the course required by the mission of the airship. As the motion proceeds still farther. After this has proceeded for an interval. it appears. and in order to check the circling it is necessary t o put the rudder over to the left of the envelope. This force to the left has a dual effect. Once the course is set. the pressure on the left-hand side of the nos? becomes equal to that on the right-hand side of the rudder and the total resultant pressure is therefore zero. Referring again to the turn described in b above. If the rudder is left in hard or even if it is turned to neutral. I n the first place. the direction pilot is charged with control of the course of the airship in a horizontal plane. both motions combine to cause the air to strike on the left of t he envelope and so to turn the nose still farther to the right. It should be one of the first concerns of the pilot whenever he assumes control of a new type of airship to familiarize himself with its turning radius. The t urning radius is governed by the damping moment on the envelope and is greater for an airship of large fineness ratio than for one where this ratio is small. Otherwise he might very conceivably endeavor to execute a turning maneuver where the space limitatio~ was insufficient. there is a resultant tur ning moment tending to continue the twisting to the right. When flying in very gusty air it is impossible tD prevent yawing. it moves the entire airship to the left.

especially when near the ground with a heavy airship. To miss the obstacle t he pilot must first put over the rudder to deflect the nose of the airship and then completely reverse the rudder. '(Yr FIGURE 22. that an obstacle will suddenly loom up in front of the r. e. the altitude pilot may be unable to. This action will so tilt the hu1l that the rudder will become in part an elevator. it would not be safe to put the rudder over sharply to the right in order to turn to the right and get away from the obstruction. This depression can be stopped by prompt application of the elevator controls by the altitude pilot. H ence the 'direction pilot must . centrifugal force acting on the center of gravity will swing the car to the outside. f.Air striking on the inside of the rudder will depress the nose of the ship. 49 . airship. F IGURE 23.. I I I I 1Ye I I rrr \ I 'Yr (I) '('Y.·oid- ing nn obstacle. as the immediate effect of such an action would be to drive the airship into the wall. use the elevators without endangering the tail of the airship. H owever in some cases..-Actlon of alrsblp in a . together with several successive positions of the axis of the airship. the right is to shift the airship slightly to the left so that if the airship were being flown along close to the right side of a wall or other obstruction. The approximate path of the airship when the rudder is put over to the right.rlction of ai rs hi p In a tu rn. especially when flying through foggy atmosphere. It occasionally happens. are indicated in figure 22. . As the airship turns under action of the rudder.TM 1-320 34 AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS . There is one other situatioll in which the direction pilot must exercise caution. In this case the action is as shown in figure 23.

this axis is horizontal.TJ4 1-320 84-86 AIR CORPS be very careful to turn a heavy airship slowly when at low altitudes. Olimbing fJifiA. If the line joinil!-g these two points is at right angles to the longitudinal axis. Altitude. A thorough know ledge of trim is however essential to intelligent control of the airship. the airship is said to be trimmed nose h eavy or tail heavy. dynamic means must be used. Tha former method is discussed in TM 1-325.n the ballonets of a pressure airship. Even though an airship takes off in perfect equilibrium it will not remain so. If it is desired to climb. the center of gravity of the airship will lie directly below the center of buoyancy. (2) It should be especially noted that when the elevator is raised the tail of the airship actually descends. There is one curious paradox in control of airships at very low speeds. on the other hand. For this reason extreme caution should be used in use of the elevator when the airship is near the ground. the longitudinal axis is inclined to the horizontal when the center of gravity is directly below the center of buoyancy. (2) Under action of the static righting moment.-a. c. 36. Methods. static and dynamic. Changes occur in the static lift due to changes in meteorological conditions and loading is being varied constantly by consumption of fuel. and the airship is said to be trimmed in neutral. as the case may be. b. he can very materially assist the altitude pilot in holding a light airship down by making abrupt turns. the elevators must be held in the raised position to prevent the static righting moment bringing the longitudinal axis back to the horizontal. It the speed falls below a certain definite lSO .-(l) Altitude control of airships is effected by two means. in this case. If. {2) Static means of control must always be augmented by dynamic means.l descending. However. Trim of airship.-a. due to the manner of loading or to location of the air i. The application of trim to dynamic control of airships is discussed in paragraph 37. On the other hand. To simplify the following discussion the airship is assumed to be flying with n eutral trim and in static equilibrium. 35. the altitude pilot raises the elevators which causes an action in the vertical plane similar to that described in paragraph 34 for turning in a horizontal plane.-(l) Change in altitude is accomplished dynamically by use of elevators in conjunction with thrust of propellers. Reverse. To balance inequalities between loading and lift. to simplify the discussion the subject of trim of the airship was omitted.-(1) In the study of stability.

types of airships." control becomes r eversed and pulling up the elevators causes the airship to descend. but the axis will incline only at a very small angle before the static restoring moment becomes equal to the moment due to the force on the elevators. The only recourse of the pilot in this situation.TM 1-320 . if the speed is below reversing speed. The phenomenon of reverse control is especially apparent if the airship is trimmed quite nose heavy. application of the elevators at that speed will simply cause more rapid descent. ·when the airship is quite near the ground there may not be sufficient altitude to execute the latter maneuver without striking the ground with the tail. d. There is one other situation in which reverse control occurs. the dynamic force on the nose will be less than the downward force on the elevators. If this angle of inclination is held to a small enough value. e. is to throw ballast or materially increase his speed beyond the reversing limit as he raises the elevators. AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 36 value known as the "reversing speed. Then if the elevators are pulled up. The airship will descend as a result of this heaviness and. If an airship is flying with this angle of attack and the elevators are raised so as to increase the angle 51 . The decrease in the dynamic thrust downward on the nose will be less than the gain in the down ward force on the elevator and the airship as a whole will descend. b. c. the pilot can cause the airship to ascend while the nose is down by merely reversing the direction of propeller rotation. although it turns the nose upward. The maximum dynamic lift on the hull occurs at an angle of attack of 10° or 11° for most. The reason for this is that at low speeds (for most types about 15 miles per hour) the air forces are entirely unimportant in comparison with the static restoring moment due to the weight when the airship is inclined. unless his airship is equipped with reversing propellers. the momentary effect is to turn the nose upward. Then any attempt on the part of the pilot to lift the nose at slow speeds is r esisted by the static moment. since reversing speed increases as the center of gravity is lowered and the resulting difficulty in control becomes more serious where the static stability is large. This reversing speed offers a reason for not making the static stability excessive. If his airship is equipped with r eversing propellers. It is of most frequent occurrence when a nose heavy airship is being brought to a landing and due to loss· of superheat becomes statically heavy. The particular situation just described is one of the most serious into which the airship can be brought. and the inclination will then cease to increase. There will then be an excess of downward force and the airship will be thrust downward as a whole.

t rimmed tail heavy. (3) Landing~ These operations are fully covered in TM 1-310 and are discussed but briefly here to bring out the aerodynamic principles involved therein. many maneuvers are executed by intelligent use of reverse control. ·elevators neutral). the pilot climbs to the altitude at which he desires to cruise. At the same time the downward thrust on the elevators is increased. As soon as the take-off is completed and the obstacles in the immediate foreground cleared. Since the airship is almost never in static equilibrium. properly understood. urally decreases. heavy take-off.TM 1-320 36-37 AIR CORPS of attack beyond that giving the ma-ximum lift. In this case the whole airship will rise. I n fact. for example. Application of dynamic control to operation of airships. 52 . He then trims the airship so that with the controls in neutral the algebraic sum of the vertical forces is zero.. The opposite effect to that described in c above occurs when an airship is trimmed tail heavy and the elevator is depressed. It might appear that reverse control would be a source of great annoyance to the pilot.-a. The gain in the upward component of the propeller thrust at reversing speed or below will not compensate for the loss in lift just described and the airship will be under the action of a greater resultant downward force than at the start. This is described in paragraph 37. The three major maneuvers in airship operation which are assisted by dynamic control are(1) Flight at constant altitude. 37.-Fl!gbt at constant altitude (airship statically heray. one of two situations will prevail. the dynamic lift nat. static heaviness or lightness. This is not the case when the phenomenon is Ls FIGURE 24. f. (2) Take-off. g. b.

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(1) Figure 24 shows the case in which the airship is statica:Jly·heavy
and trimmed nose light. In this case the equation of vertical forces
to give constant altitude flight with neutral controls becomes-

W = £ 0+ L e+ L t+ L~
The pilot may be called upon to fly a heavy airship on account of various reasons such as-(a) Collection of moisture if rain is encountered.
(b) Leakage in envelope.
(c) Loss of superheat.
(d) H eavy take-off.
Most airships can carry about 10 percent. of their gross lift dynamically
at the surface of the earth. Since the dynamic lift varies as the air
·density, it decreases with nltitude. Table III shows results of some experiments on an Italian M type airship at- full speed :
TABLE

III.- Lijt of Italian M type at full speed
[In pounds]

Altitude, 3,000 feet
Angle of
inclination in

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0.03- - - -- - - - - 1, 224
0.06 __ ___ ____ 1, 855
0.09_- ----- -- 2, 290
0.12 ___ __ ____ 2,497

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Altitude, 10,000 feet Altitude, 16,500 feet

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330 60 834 I, 012
612 125 1, 118 1, 542
810 200 1, 2801, 914
913 290 1, 294'2, 101

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269 48 695 839
495 101 946 1, 287
657 163 1,095 1, 608
742 235 1, 124 1, 778

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218 40 481
400 82 805
530 130 948
599 189 990

(2) Figure 25 shows the case in which the airship is fl.yin~ statically
light at constant altitude with controls in neutral. In this case 't he
equation of the vertical forces becomesL0= W + L e+ Lt + L8
(3) In the unusual case in which the airship is in perfect static
equilibrium, it will be necessary to trim the airship about 2° nose
heavy to overc6me the upturning moment of the propeller thrust. So
trimmed the airship will fly on an even keel at cruising speed. The
motorized observation ba1loon, having only one ballonet, cannot be
trimmed for an individual flight. An approximate 2° nose heavy

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AIR CORPS

trim is given this type of airship during initial inflation by proper
c. It is customary to take off large semirigids and rigids statically
light, but nonrigids are taken off as much as 6 or 7 percent heavy.
(1) The light take.-off may be made with the airship in any trim
from tail heavy to a few degrees nose heavy. I n the latter case the
airship should be free-ballooned to a safe altitude before the motors
are opened. The light take-off presents little difficulty.
(2) For the take-off when the airship is in static equilibrium the
trim should be neutral or a few degrees tail heavy, preferably the latter. In this case t he car party of the maneuvering crew gives the airship a toss upward, the men on the nose of the car throwing their end
up first, then the men to the rear throwing up their end. This gives

FIGURl'l 25.- Flig ht at constant alt itude (air sbip statically Hght, trimmed nose heavy,
elevators ne\ltral) .

t.he airship an initial angle of attack to the air stream. When clear
of the party the pilot opens his motc·rs and raises his elevators slightly.
The thrust of the propellers assisted by the slight force on the elevators will further raise the nose of the airship and it . will climb
rapidly.
(3) For the heavy take-off the ajrship must be carefully trimmed
tail heavy. The amount of the trim varies with degree of heaviness,
type of airship, and wind velocity. If there is a good wind blowing it
gives the airship an initial air speed to assist the ascent. Experience
has shown that an airship of the TO type with a trim of 9° tail heavy
will take off 700 pounds heavy in still air. F or this degree of heaviness the car party should be augmented to at least 20 men and 4 men
should be assigned to lift on the tail surface. At the proper signal
the car is thrown up, nose first as before. The elevators should be
depressed about 10° and as the pilot opens his motors he will find it
necessary to depress the elevators fully to keep the tail from striking
the ground. Action of the airship in rising is a pure case of reverse
control. The air from the slipstream of the propellers strikes the
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AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS

TM 1-320
87

elevators and gives the tail a positive lift. At the same time the trim
of the airship will keep its nose elevated so that there will be the
familiar dynamic lift on the hull surface and the vertical component
of the propeller thrust to assist the ascent. In this cas:e-e-

Lu+ Le+L t+ L s> W
d. The most diffic•lit maneuver which confronts the pilot is the
landing. This operation may b~ divided into three parts, as ·follows:
(1) Weigh-off.
(2) Approach.
(3) Arrival at the landing party.
e. Weigh-off is made at a safe altitude (1,000 feet for large airships,
250 to 500 feet for smaller ones). For this maneuver controls are
~~~W<tl9h oil horo

_,.• NJ •
......,.-JtOO

~------------- 2Mi------------------~
FIGURE 26.-Approach of an a.irship to a landing.

placed in neutral and air speed reduced to as low a speed as possible.
The airship will quickly assume an attitude determined by the trim,
which can be read from the inclinometer. At the same time the pilot
can notice whether the airship is rising or descending statically. It is
useless to bring the airship to an even keel to eliminate dynamic lift
caused by unavoidable r esidual speed incident to idling propellers, as
this would, in reality create a dynamic thrust on the tail surfaces.
As a result of the knowledge of condition of the airship derived from
weigh-off and after due consideration of existing meteorological conditions, the pilot is ready to make the approach.
f. The principal object of the approach is to determine in advance
of the arrival at the party the behavior of the airship at landing speed.
Figure 26 gives a graphical picture of the approach.
(1) From the altitude of weigh-off the airship is brought quickly
to the altitude of approach. This varies from 150 feet for a nonrigid
to 500 feet for a large rigid, depending in some measure on gustiness
of the atmosphere. During the descent the pilot arranges the trim
he estimates to be necessary to make the landing. On arrival at the

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TM 1-320 87-38 AIR CORPS approach altitude the speed of the airship is reduced to 15 miles per hour plus the wind velocity. Assumption as to condition of maximum stress.----...------------------Empirical formulas for maximum aerodyna mic bending moment on hull and for forces on tail surfaces-----..--------. In this conn.ection it should be borne in mind that the lower a statically h~avy landing can be made the smaller the drop after aerodynamic control ceases. care should be t aken to level the airship by use of elevators as it falls into the hands of the party.. h. The aerodynamic forces acting on these airships were conse- 56 . SECTION VI AERODYNAMIC STRESS Paragraph Assumption as to condition of maximum stress-----. When the airship arrives within 50 to.--. g... Controls are placed in neutral and if the trim is correct the airship will maintain constant altitude in a manner described in b above. ship is statically light or heavy. The other types of landings. it is necessary to adjust further the trim to effect that result. The principle is exactly the same whether the air. In that case. (2) The pilot now wishes to check behavior of the airship at this speed. rigids at a much higher altitude. as otherwise the tail would be injured.-a.· also. such as turn landings.200 yards of the landing party it is brought to landing height... while the motorized observation balloon must be landed at an altitude of 25 feet or less. will not be discussed.-----------Method of calculating shear and bending moment on hnll___ _____ ___ ______ Conclusion________________________________________ __ __ ________________ 38 39 40 41 42 4g 44 38. This depends on type of airship and length of handling guys used. This is an excellent approach speed.. Large nonrigids usually land about 60 feet off the ground.-.-----.Transverse forces acting on airship flying at constant angle of pitch______ Transverse forces acting on airship in steady turn ___ ________ ___ _______ Forces caused by gusts-------. During remainde~ of the approach ·controls are useu to overcome gusts or changes in static conditions. since the dynamic principles involved therein are similar to those already explained. If it does not.---.------------. The description is not at all complete since it omits nearly all the static principles involved. care being taken to observe principles of reverse control should the speed fall below reversing speed or should the airship be placed in danger by loss of static lift. The landing described above is the usual type of landing.--.-----.. For airships designed prior to the World War the air speeds were quite slow.

-The theory in this case is quite similar to that described in paragraph 39. The turning moment of the aerodynamic forces on the hull theoretically equals the formula : (Vol)iv2 (k2 -kl) sin 20 where O=angle of pitch. If it is granted that the dynamic force on the tail equals the total resultant static transverse force. Hence- Fa= (Vol)~v 2 (kz-k 1 ) sin 20 where F = component of force on tail surface normal to longitudinal axis. Values of k 1 and k 2 are given in National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Report No. · Assuming. d. k 2 and k 1 =constants correcting for additional masses of air carried longitudinally and transversely. The point of application of F is slightly forward of the center of the area of the tail surfaces. and that the total lift obtained dynamic~lly by the airship. · b. · ~ 59 . F need not be as large as indicated aboye due to the discrepancy betwen actual and theoretical values of the down thrust on the afterbody. center of buoyancy must equal zero. . . since the down thrust on the afterbody is -less than the theoretical down thrust. exclusive of the vertical component of the propeller thrust.TM 1-320 'AIRSHIP AERODYNAMICS 39=40 . This is not in strict agreement with the actual facts. shown by a member of the · National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics that the algebraic sum of the forces on the fore and after bodies is theoretically zero.. 184. Practically. However. its moment must equal the formula given ~n b above. For method of calct1lation of shear bending moments due to dynamic forces see paragraph 43. 'The above formula will give an approximation of dynamic lift of the airship. and after portions of the airship hull equals zero. since the pitch remains constant.. the fact remains that. was that furnis!1ed by the surfaces. Transverse forces acting on airship in steady turn. on the airship (the force on the fins and centrifugal force) must. :. o. 40. as before. the sum of the moments about the . the other two forces :>acting . that the algebraic sum of the forces on the for& . which would indicate that the dynamic lift on the hull was zero. a= distance from center of buoyancy to center of pressure of tail surface. e. .

41. the total bending moment due to a steady angle of turn is only about one-fifth as great as that due to an equal fixed angle of pitch where unbalanced weight and centrifugal force are of equal magnitude. From this is derived the relation2a sin 2 'I! = R(k2-kl) where 'I!= angle of yaw. presumably due to the assumption that the· resultant of the hull forces is zero. The most violent of such currents. combines vertical velocity with rotation.. Barring ·such spectacular hazards. combined with the relative horizontal speed v of the airship. as then the stresses are already large. the tornado. 60 .-a. The following statement very excellently sums up the situation : 1 "The existence of veritable fountains of upward rushing air whose sides at times and places are sharply separated from the surrounding atmosphere must be taken into account in the design of airships. It would appear to be :folly to enter such a cloud and subject the ship to the unknown dangers of wind. The following formula has been developed :for the maximum aerodynamic bend1 From "Airship Design" by C. as stated in paragraph 38e. and lightning. will give -1 the effect of a change of pitch of tan vu. This relation gives results widely at variance :from the results o:f actual. but fortunately can be seen from a great distance. tests on full-sized airships. Forces caused by gusts. especially if at the same time the airship is developing large dynamic lift. hail. The thunderstorm with large fully developed cumulus tops is also conspicuous and avoidable. a=distance from center of volume to center of pressure of tail surfaces. 42.-a. Burgess by ·permission of tbe Ronald Press.TM 1-320 4o-42 AIR CORPS be equal to produce motion in a constant turn. It remains simply for the pilot. b. This vertical air velocity u. Very little is known concerning maximum value of forces caused by gusts. P . there remain convection currents which the ship may run into at full speed. to reduce the speed in bumpy atmosphere. positive or negative. Empirical formulas for maximum aerodynamic bendin g moment on hull and for forces on tail surfaces. R = radius of turning circle. There is ample evidence that upward velocities as high as 10 feet per second may be encountered. and can and must be avoided. rain. Fortunately.