Accession Number:

AD0677592

Title:

AIR-BEARING SYSTEMS FOR GROSSLY MISMATCHED SURFACES.

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Apr 66-Mar 67,

Corporate Author:

SYSTEMS RESEARCH LABS INC SAN ANTONIO TEX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1968-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this program was to construct a new air-bearing system for the All-Attitude Air-Bearing Research and Training Simulator to improve the control characteristics of the vehicle, reduce the noise level, eliminate the need for the supplemental jet starter, and facilitate higher rotational rates. Three identical self-aligning air-bearing pads were constructed and mounted on three individual support pedestals. The support pedestals were attached 120 degrees apart around the existing support base, which was reinforced. The air-bearing pads contacted the sphere in the lower third of the configuration. The improved air-bearing system brought the noise level into an acceptable range, reduced the air-supply demands by a factor of 3, and eliminated the need for the supplemental jet starter. The problems encountered in the air-bearing suspension of two excessively mismatched surfaces were successfully resolved. The 3-point self-aligning principle was utilized. Modifications were made in a conventional small-orifice, static air bearing with features of a step and an all surface supply air-bearing system. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Machinery and Tools
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE