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A LITERATURE SURVEY ON THE AERODYNAMICS OF AIR CUSHION VEHICLES

The report presents a survey of current knowledge concerning the aerodynamic aspects of various principles which can be applied to create and retain a cushion of pressurized air between the ACV-bottom and the supporting surface. It is primarily the result of a study of a large amount of open literature, although some original thoughts on the hovering flight of annular jet ACVS were included. In the introduction a definition of the ACV is proposed, followed by a short list of significant historical data. A classification of the air cushion sealing systems into seven basic principles is discussed in the second section. The remaining part of the report presents discussions on a large number of theoretical and experimental investigations concerning the application of the seven sealing principles. Major attention was paid, however, to the annular jet principle. ( Author ) engine powered air sled-amphibian, capable of travel over

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • NATO furnished
  • Corporate Authors:

    Advisory Group Aerospace Research and Development

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  • Authors:
    • Harting, A
  • Publication Date: 1969

Media Info

  • Pagination: 249 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00002246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Defense Documentation Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AGARD-565
  • Contract Numbers: NONR420100
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1973 12:00AM