Determination of accelerative forces acting on man in flight and the human centrifuge. Frederick Dixon, John L. Patterson.
Determination of accelerative forces acting on man in flight and the human centrifuge
Determination of accelerative forces acting on man in flight and the human centrifuge
Determination of accelerative forces acting on man in flight and the human centrifuge

Determination of accelerative forces acting on man in flight and the human centrifuge

Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL: U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine 1953. First Edition. [1], xvi, 225 pages. Post bound with printed textured pink wrappers. 8 x 10 1/4 inches. Spotting to first and last few pages. Some sun fading to the covers. Generally bright and clean internally. Very Good. post binding. [27469]


Project No. NM 001 059.04.01, approved for publication by Captain Ashton Graybiel and released by Captain James L. Holland. The work was undertaken to attempt to understand how the human body reacts to the stresses of flight, particularly acceleration. This was important both during and after World War II, as aircraft speeds and accelerations were markedly improved. Likewise (but unknown at this time) rocketry and the space program would soon require similar understandings. A good summary of what was known just after WWII - state of the art if you will. Only nine copies in OCLC as of this writing (acc# 10890473).

"The present text endeavors to provide in a single volume most of the basic mathematics, physics, and elementary aerodynamics required for the investigation and understanding of the effects of acceleration on man. Although directed primarily to the aviation physiologist and flight surgeon, much of the material is pertinent also to the biologist engaged in studies of the effects of acceleration on animals and plants. In addition, the presentatin should be intelligible to pilots and other aviation personnel who have had some ground in physical sciences." (from the preface)

Chapters include Basic Physics ; Forces in Aircraft Flight Patterns; Forces in Horizontal Centrifuges; Relative Accelerative Forces in Semirigid Systems. Also several chapters on how to determine G (directly and indirectly), transformation of Axes, and a host of appendices.

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