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1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250066
G J Mead
Infallible performance and economical operation are the bases of successful commercial flying. Airplanes, having passed through the experimental and demonstration periods, must now prove their usefulness. Heretofore, because of military requirements, designers have fostered the use of power rather than refinement of design to obtain performance, but commercial operation demands efficiency, and in each of the four essentials, namely, dependability, size, total powerplant weight and cost, opportunity for decided improvement still exists. The requirements and limiting factors of each of these essentials are discussed in turn and the conclusion is drawn that a relation exists between the amount of thrust delivered to the air and the weight put into an airplane for its propulsion. To obtain the best over-all performance, if these terms are considered as a fraction, the numerator should have the maximum and the denominator the minimum value.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250063
LOUIS RUTHENBURG
Industrial development has out-run foreman development, in the author's opinion. He believes that management should be alive to the changed status of the foreman and that it should train him definitely to accept a broader responsibility. Clarification of the situation should start with the assumption that the departmental foreman is to be held definitely responsible for every activity that affects his department; but, obviously, he cannot be given direct authority over certain functionalized services that very directly affect the operation of his department, and he must, therefore, develop that higher type of executive ability which can obtain results without the club of direct authority. In short, instead of conceiving the departmental foreman as the master craftsman of his department, he should be looked upon as the business manager of his department.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250062
LILLIAM M GILBRETH
Successful production demands the greatest volume of output with the least amount of effort. It is of prime importance in industry, and its slogan is the elimination of waste, considering always the worker, surroundings, equipment and tools and the methods or motions used. Therefore, it is necessary to give attention to training employes in production work. The paper evaluates training in terms of production and formulates the elements that have proved effective, the aims of such training being to develop a better worker in the particular job, to produce a better member of industry and to create a better member of society. The worker always must be judged with relation to his work, and no more important psychological test exists than that of aptitude for the job.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250059
W G Careins
The selection of machine-tools is largely a matter of judgment, based on the consideration of many variable factors. No fixed rules can be laid down, but the uses to which the machines are put are divided roughly into three classes which govern to a large extent the types of machine that should be purchased, whether they should be machines of a wide range of usefulness, standardized machines equipped with special tooling or special-purpose machines of special design capable of very large and continuous production. To determine into which of these classes the requirement for new machines falls, an analysis should be made of the following factors: (a) quantity of production required and its duration, (b) method of machining and tolerances and finish required, (c) possibility of a change in design of the product, (d) cost of production, (e) when delivery of machine is required, and (f) money available for the purchase.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250057
PERRY L TENNEY
Periodically recurring problems of gear noise and wear which seem to arise from no specific cause frequently affect the manufacturing side of the automotive industry and especially the gear-manufacturers. While much has been written and discussed about the mathematics and geometry of gears, which should overcome all of these problems, the trouble unfortunately still persists. The paper outlines the experience of the organization with which the author is connected in solving a rather difficult problem that offered an opportunity for a more thorough analysis than did its predecessors. Laboratory and dynamometer analyses of the product showed that it compared favorably with the output, of other factories.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250056
J G MOOHL
Stating first the several important factors affecting jig-and-fixture design, the author emphasizes the necessity for cooperation between the engineering and the tool-engineering department and says that, in the plant specified, the tool engineer determines the position of locating points for machining operations on the engine block. Details of the first machining operation are given and the methods of loading and clamping the work are outlined. By adhering to accepted principles of design, and by utilizing all other means of cost-reduction, equipment of the plant with adequate jigs and fixtures is accomplished at minimum expense. Use of duplicate clamping parts on as many jigs as possible saves time and reduces the stock of replacement parts needed. Strength and rigidity of fixtures are essential. Heavy base-sections are necessary, bushing plates should have a section deep enough to prevent warping and ample chip-clearance should be provided between the fixture and the work.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250055
W D'A Ryan
Although agreeing in general with the sentiments expressed by Mr. Crane and Mr. Hunt, exception is taken to the statement that the solution of the headlighting problem is to be found in diffused lighting, because it has not sufficient range, is too glaring and is too dangerous in a fog. The trouble is said to lie not in the specifications but in the devices that they are supposed to cover. Suggestions are offered regarding modifications that might advantageously be made in the present specifications, and a detailed summation is given of the requirements considered essential to a first-class headlight. The statement is added that a headlight embodying all the points enumerated, while at the same time using a 21-cp. bulb, has already been perfected.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250053
H M CRANE
After referring to the recommendations made to the National Conference on Street and Highway Safety by the Committee on Motor Vehicles and the Committee's further explanation of the recommendations, the author amplifies more fully the difficulties that have arisen in the operation of the system of headlight regulations sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society and this Society and suggests a line of fundamental research with a view to drafting more desirable regulations. Inasmuch as road conditions have changed greatly since the regulations at present in force were first proposed, he believes that a new study of the subject might result in marked improvement. Definite control of a concentrated headlight beam, deflected below a horizontal line, as originally proposed by the Society, failed to produce the desired result, and the next step was the formulation of the regulations listed in the S.A.E. HANDBOOK.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250051
C O GUERNSEY
Various efforts have been made to apply the internal-combustion engine to self-propelled rail-cars. The greatest development along this line prior to the war was in connection with the McKeen and General Electric cars that were built from 1906 to 1914. The builders of those cars were greatly handicapped by the lack of available experience in connection with the design of gasoline engines, particularly of the larger type. Since the war a gradual development of rail-cars has taken place, starting with small converted motor trucks and gradually increasing in size and adaptability to the service, until now gasoline-electric cars of 250 hp. and about 75 ft. in length are available, while mechanically driven cars are available up to 190 continuous horsepower.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250069
J J FEELY
Following a description of airplane structure, the author discusses structural requirements and outlines the main features of properly coordinating the engineering and the manufacturing activities. He says that each of the three subdivisions of airplane design has its own series of calculations, these being related to predictions of performance before the machine is built, to stability determinations and to the design of a self-contained structure of sufficient strength to withstand any stresses developed in flight or in landing. He states also that no inspection is worth the name or the money spent on it that does not include constructive work and a knowledge at all times that the intentions of the designers are being carried out in detail so that the safety of the craft is assured. Materials used in aircraft should be light and easily workable and should possess the desired physical and chemical properties; they must have the specified cross-section and be free from defects.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250067
W L GILMORE
A racing airplane seems to possess a special quality that sets it distinctly apart from the conventional type of airplane; but, unless a person has at least dabbled in its design, he cannot realize the enormous amount of time, effort and ingenuity that has been expended by the designers who have made these super-speed airplanes possible. Therefore, an outline is given of the procedure adopted in designing and producing a specific model of racing airplane, as well as an outline of the yearly progress made in development. The first procedure is to allocate the work to the various members of the engineering organization. Finally, a type of design is chosen after a series of engineering conferences, and the design section studies the detail design of the component parts. A wing section that is adapted to the design already chosen is developed, and an accurate weight estimate is made of each unit part of the complete airplane.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250068
THOMAS H FROST, WALTER E RICHARDS
Principal stresses in one type of eye-bolt have been determined in the laboratory of photoelasticity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the photoelastic method. In the test, an eye-bolt, designed in accordance with a method suggested for circular eyes in a course in machine design by the Institute, was made of celluloid 0.25 in. thick, 1 in. wide on either side of the eye, with a 1.405-in. diameter of eye, and a 1.333-in. width of shank. Steel loading-plates were pinned to the broadened end of the shank and a load of 100 lb. was suspended from the bolt, which gave a mean stress of 300 lb. per sq. in. in the shank. Plain polarized light was passed through the celluloid model and the isoclinic lines, or lines of equal inclination of principal stress, were observed and recorded. Two families of lines of principal stress, designated as P and Q stresses, were determined graphically from these isoclinic lines.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250033
D P BARNARD
General laws governing the rate of flow of oil through complete journal bearings are developed in the paper. These laws are based on the assumption that axial flow obeys Poiseuille's Law and is, therefore, a function of the bearing load. Dimensional reasoning indicates that the volumetric efficiency of a bearing considered as a pump is given by an equation of a form in which efficiency equals a function of the viscosity times the rubbing speed divided by the bearing load, the length divided by the clearance and the length divided by the diameter. Experimental evidence is presented which substantiates this point of view. The general relation of rubbing speed to heat generation and oil-flow is discussed for the purpose of indicating a possible solution of certain high-speed-bearing problems. A plain bearing is, in effect, a pump in which the flow of a viscous lubricant through a passage of varying area develops a pressure sufficient to sustain the imposed load.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250027
L M WOOLSON
Advances in airplane performance during the last few years may be ascribed mainly to advances in aerodynamics and to improvements in powerplants. The latter have resulted in producing more power for the same weight of engine and smaller over-all dimensions for engines of the same power-rating. The accompanying paper describes two engines of 500 and 800 hp. respectively that have been recently developed by the Packard Motor Car Co. for aircraft service. When these engines are compared with previous types they are found to be more compact and to produce more power per pound of weight. When each is operated at its rated speed, the Model 1500 engine develops 100 hp. more than the Liberty while weighing 140 lb. less, and the Model 2500 engine develops 250 hp. more than its predecessor, the Model 2025, with a decrease in weight of 75 lb.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250024
J H HUNT, G F EMBSHOFF
Electrical instrumentation for research work has been developed to a high degree because of the great speed of action and the convenience of application of the electric current. The current serves to transmit instantly to a recording instrument the impulses imparted to it by a detecting device. There is available a great wealth of indicating, integrating and recording devices that can be used readily for automotive research by the aid of auxiliary devices, some of which can be purchased and some of which can be easily made in any ordinary model shop or toolroom. In the study of automotive mechanism the research engineers have drawn upon the investigation work of men in other lines of industry and have found it necessary to go back of these men to the scientific investigators who are attacking the elements of various problems in the physical and chemical laboratories.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250023
JOHN A C WARNER
Due to tremendous production schedules and rapid advancement, the automotive industry is characterized by its effort to learn the answers to engineering research-problems with utmost dispatch, but the procedure is not without attendant risks. Costly errors have resulted from experimental work improperly planned and executed, from conclusions too quickly drawn and from unjustified interpretation of observed indications. Cut-and-try procedure is resorted to in many instances after hastily applied research methods have failed and, often, the apparently longer course involving systematic research would, in fact, have been fruitful of more prompt and more satisfactory results at a lower net cost. As originally presented, the paper was accompanied by a demonstration of instruments and apparatus especially adapted to automotive-research problems.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250026
F A MOSS, H H ALLEN
Although many variables enter into the personal equation of the driver of an automobile, this paper concerns principally his reaction-time. The tests described had for their objects the determining of (a) the average time that elapses between the hearing of a signal, such, for example, as the shot of a pistol, and the applying of the brake; (b) the relation between the reaction-time and the variability of the individual; and (c) the effect on reaction-time of such factors as the speed of driving, training, age, sex, race, and general intelligence. The reaction-time was determined by two pistols mounted on the under-side of the running-board of an automobile and pointed toward the ground, the first being fired by the experimenter when the car had reached the desired speed, the second, by the person under test in making the initial motion of operating the brake-pedal.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250020
E A De Waters
In the summer of 1922 the Buick Company began experimenting with balloon tires. The first tires tested, being four-ply and 32 x 6.20 in. in size, produced a galloping action that was sufficient to prejudice the company's engineers against them, and the tests were discontinued. In addition to the galloping effect, other difficulties encountered included those usually present in steering, the development of wheel shimmying to a serious degree, the lack of proper clearance for external brakes because of the small 20-in. wheels, the excessively rapid wear of the tire tread, and the greater susceptibility to puncture. Leaks because of the pinching of the inner tubes also occurred. When, later, a set of 5.25-in. tires was tried on a smaller car, the galloping was noticeably less; but punctures were more numerous than was the case with high-pressure tires.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250047
R W BROWN
Inasmuch as the forces that act when a vehicle passes over a road obstruction are very complex, comparative analysis of the riding-qualities of the different parts of a vehicle is difficult; hence, to obtain even an approximation of them, measurement of the different displacements that occur must be confined to a given representative condition or series of conditions. The displacement that causes the most discomfort to a passenger is probably that which takes place in a vertical plane. Its three leading characteristics are the amplitude of the vertical movement, the velocity of the motion and the rate of change of the velocity. Of these the last mentioned is the most important. It is sufficiently exact to assume that tires and springs which reduce motion increase riding-comfort.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250043
H H ALLEN
Claims and counter-claims as to the deceleration possible under certain conditions, especially when applied to the legal questions arising at the time of an accident, induced the author to make an investigation of the subject. An attempt has been made to include all the variables that are of significance or of sufficient magnitude to affect appreciably the performance of a car under a given set of conditions of the vehicle or of the environment. Inasmuch as the calculations are simplified by doing so and because the difference between the amounts of deceleration and of power involved are small, the assumption is made that the maximum deceleration occurs when the wheels are locked, rather than when they are still rotating. The stopping-distances, theoretically obtained, apply to level-road conditions only.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250041
E E WEMP
Reviewing briefly the history of the automotive clutch and summarizing the most interesting achievements in clutch design during recent years, the author discusses friction facings and says that the development of the asbestos-base friction-bearing has made possible the multiple-disc dry-plate and the single-plate types. For severe service, the qualifications of a satisfactory friction-facing are density of structure, together with a reasonably high tensile-strength; the coefficient of friction should be high and fairly constant over a wide range of temperature; the facing must be able to withstand high temperature without deterioration; the impregnating compound must not bleed out at high temperature; and the permeation of the impregnating solution must be complete so that the wear resistance is constant throughout the thickness of the facing. The molded and the woven types of facing are treated at length.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250014
F F Chandler
Relative ease or difficulty of steering has in the past been largely a matter of psychology, of comparison rather than of measurement. One driver may find a car difficult to steer that another finds easy. Safety is the first essential, then comfort. Because the parts used in steering seldom break, present practice is considered safe, but the steering-ratio is very important. A low ratio that produces fast steering-effects may be entirely safe in the hands of a strong, safe, experienced driver, but absolutely unsafe in those of a weaker driver, even though he may be expert. Fatigue, however, will eventually affect the strong as well as the weak driver, so that comfort enters as well as safety.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250013
H D HUKILL
In an endeavor to find an engineering justification for the use of the airbrake on automotive vehicles, an investigation was first made as to what actually causes a car to stop when the brakes are applied; and it was ascertained that nothing that can take place within the car itself can directly influence the motion of the automobile as a unit, that its motion can be changed only by some force external to the car itself. Four such forces are normally present, namely, wind resistance, road resistence, gravity, and the adhesion of the road to the wheels. The first two are negligible. Grades have a measurable effect on the stopping distance, but the force that actually stops the car is the last named: the force that is applied from a point external to and in a direction opposite to that of the motion of the automobile.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250011
ETHELBERT FAVARY
Benefits gained by distributing truck weights and loads among six wheels rather than four, include less liability to cause road destruction, greater carrying capacity and more economical operation. The author classifies the causes of road destruction under headings of excessive loads on tires, impacts between road and tires, traction effects of wheels, and braking effects and says that the remedy is to reduce load or to correct improper weight-distribution. Impacts probably contribute most destructive effects.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250018
J W White
Inasmuch as the use of low-pressure tires has become established, the conditions of car design affected by them are reviewed, particular reference being had to the members of the chassis included under the term unsprung weight, namely, the axles, the wheels and the tires. Referring to the principles that underlie basic design, the author first investigates the effect on the steering of such changes and compromises from the perfect structure as failure of the king-pin to coincide with the vertical load-plane, the inclination of the king-pin toward the wheel, or the wheel toward the king-pin, or both, and the giving of a toe-in to the front wheels. Further modifications have served to reduce the car shock, to add to the strength of all the parts by increasing the dimensions, to improve the spring-suspension, and to reduce the car weight per passenger.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250016
R B DAY
Shimmying, although known for many years, did not become a serious problem until the arrival of the balloon tire and the four-wheel brake. Apparently, shimmying is of two kinds: the low-speed variety, which is merely a persistent front-wheel wabble without an abnormal bouncing of the axle, and the high-speed species, which is chiefly a persistent bouncing of the axle accompanied by wabbling of the wheels. The two most obvious effects are wheel wabble and axle bounce. As low air-pressure seemed to be the cause, the attention of the tire makers was first devoted to stiffening the body of the tire in various ways, but the results obtained were not satisfactory; and the conclusion was reached that the solution lay in making the car control the tire rather than attempting to control the car through the design of the tire. These considerations led to a search for mechanical means of control.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250015
O M BURKHARDT
Shimmying is an oscillating motion produced by repeated impacts or forces in the linkage of a mechanism that lacks stability or has become loose because of wear. Although previously existent in chassis in which the steering-gear was imperfect, it has become particularly noticeable since the introduction of low-pressure or balloon tires. But increasing the rigidity means increasing the unsprung weight, which, in turn, means greater impacts, hence, more shimmying. This is apparent in the effect produced by front-wheel brakes. Consequently, as the amount of looseness that can be removed is limited, the periodic forces that cause shimmying must be overcome.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250006
DALE S COLE
Progress made in the development of electrical equipment to serve adequately the needs of motorcoach service is reviewed. Electrical loads on motorcoaches are comparatively high, including the usual head, tail and dash lamps, body-marking and destination lamps and buzzer systems. As more and more electrical energy is used, the source of supply and its control become relatively more important. Not only does the electric generating system have to meet the demands of battery charging, but it should be able to carry the connected load with no battery in the circuit. This means that not only is sufficient energy necessary, but the voltage must be regulated in such a manner that the battery can be charged without endangering the life of the lamps because of excessive voltage, and no flicker in the light from the lamps must be perceptible. All these results must be attained under conditions of variable load, variable speed and the changeable temperatures encountered in service.
1925-01-01
Technical Paper
250008
A H HOFFMAN
Utilizing an opportunity presented by a mountain-road construction-project in California, eight Class-B 3½-ton trucks were assigned to the work and a test of air-cleaners was conducted during its progress. Six trucks were each equipped with an air-cleaner; two were not. The trucks had dump-bodies and were specially prepared for the test, details of this preparation being specified. Due to varied air-cleaner design, it was not feasible to locate the cleaners identically on all the trucks, and differences in mounting may have influenced the resulting air-cleaner efficiency, but mountings were made as nearly identical as possible. Tables of average wear of piston-rings, engine cylinders and crankpins, for 1000 hr. of use, are presented, and details of how the measurements were made are stated, together with a discussion of the “growth” of pistons and of the peculiarities of wear.
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