REDUCTION OF TACV POWER REQUIREMENTS BY MULTIPLE-STAGE AIR CUSHIONS

This paper shows that the power required for levitation for tracked air cushion vehicles can be significantly reduced by the use of multiple stage air cushions. A mathematical model for these air cushions is developed, and the air cushion pressures obtained from the model are compared with experimental pressures. It is shown that one of the most significant features of multiple stage air cushions is their inherent roll stability as opposed to an inherent instability for conventional air cushion designs. This inherent roll stability allows a significant reduction in the power required for levitation for tracked air cushion vehicles.

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    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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  • Authors:
    • Eberle, W R
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 154-159
  • Serial:
    • Journal of Aircraft
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • ISSN: 0021-8669

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00057409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 1974 12:00AM