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29th Aug 2018, 04:11
Replies: 44
Views: 9,004
Posted By riff_raff

Remember how the US liberal media mocked Admiral...

Remember how the US liberal media mocked Admiral Stockdale when he ran as VP in the '92 election? James Stockdale's military record was one of the most impressive in US history, yet he was not...
Forum: Rotorheads
27th Jul 2018, 02:15
Replies: 16
Views: 2,779
Posted By riff_raff

Just a way for Aston-Martin to get lots of media...

Just a way for Aston-Martin to get lots of media exposure without spending much money.

On the other hand, think about other recent ventures into the aircraft sector by auto OEMs that involved...
Forum: Rotorheads
9th Jul 2018, 03:43
Replies: 1,915
Views: 1,438,894
Posted By riff_raff

I have some experience with epicyclic gear drive...

I have some experience with epicyclic gear drive design. And when I looked at a cross section drawing of this gearbox, one thing that seemed questionable to me was the rim section thickness of the...
Forum: Rotorheads
7th Jun 2018, 05:16
Replies: 109
Views: 42,096
Posted By riff_raff

Hearing the claims about "redundancy" made in the...

Hearing the claims about "redundancy" made in the video reminds me of the classic line from Princess Bride, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Redundancy...
Forum: Tech Log
13th Jan 2018, 07:33
Replies: 46
Views: 8,723
Posted By riff_raff

There are two types of AC power generators....

There are two types of AC power generators. Variable frequency and constant frequency. Constant frequency generators (or IDG's) use a variable speed transmission to maintain a constant speed at the...
7th Jan 2018, 07:27
Replies: 2
Views: 2,229
Posted By riff_raff

A few years back i was at a MLB playoff game at...

A few years back i was at a MLB playoff game at Angel Stadium. Just prior to the game a C-17 performed a low altitude flyover at very low speed with flaps extended and engines roaring. The noise was...
28th Dec 2017, 03:12
Replies: 15
Views: 3,529
Posted By riff_raff

Even for use on a race car, you should perform...

Even for use on a race car, you should perform NDI and dimensional checks to make sure the fastener is in good condition. Unfortunately, this might cost almost as much as a new similar fastener from...
24th Dec 2017, 02:52
Replies: 15
Views: 3,529
Posted By riff_raff

As noted by others, the part no. prefix used by...

As noted by others, the part no. prefix used by Boeing for their standard bolts is BACB.

The OP did not mention the specific application he "was trying to use the bolts for". But normally it would...
20th Dec 2017, 02:01
Replies: 37
Views: 13,217
Posted By riff_raff

I believe the USN just released their final RFP...

I believe the USN just released their final RFP for the MQ-25 back in October. Since they built a flight demonstrator before the RFP was released, Boeing must think they have a good chance to prevail...
Forum: Tech Log
14th Dec 2017, 05:05
Replies: 39
Views: 14,186
Posted By riff_raff

Didn't you mean density rather than weight?...

Didn't you mean density rather than weight? Actually DU is about 68% denser than lead.
Forum: Tech Log
12th Dec 2017, 03:47
Replies: 39
Views: 14,186
Posted By riff_raff

I believe the use of DU was discontinued for new...

I believe the use of DU was discontinued for new commercial aircraft designs by Boeing back in the 1980's. Tungsten works just as well. But probably costs more.
Forum: Tech Log
12th Dec 2017, 03:33
Replies: 80
Views: 16,528
Posted By riff_raff

Excellent point. Most of these "flying taxi"...

Excellent point. Most of these "flying taxi" projects I've seen don't seem to appreciate the reality of how difficult it will be getting their vehicle design certified for passenger service in most...
Forum: Rotorheads
11th Nov 2017, 00:20
Replies: 212
Views: 100,584
Posted By riff_raff

AnFI, Sorry for the tardy response. ...

AnFI,

Sorry for the tardy response.

The answer to your first question is that for single path flight critical systems/components, an example of the FAA threshold for catastrophic failure...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Nov 2017, 06:24
Replies: 212
Views: 100,584
Posted By riff_raff

Unfortunately, the type of testing you describe...

Unfortunately, the type of testing you describe would not likely be helpful. What most people, including many engineers, don't understand is the fundamental purpose for conducting tests. In the...
4th Nov 2017, 05:22
Replies: 60
Views: 14,160
Posted By riff_raff

I remember the world record Thrust SSC run in the...

I remember the world record Thrust SSC run in the Nevada desert a few years back. The biggest issue I thought they faced was the shock wave traveling aft between the vehicle and the ground. Turned...
Forum: Rotorheads
2nd Nov 2017, 00:50
Replies: 26
Views: 4,474
Posted By riff_raff

FB- That's a great point about twins being...

FB-

That's a great point about twins being gearbox torque limited under most operating conditions (AEO). While engine performance will typically be adversely affected by lower pressure and/or...
Forum: Rotorheads
29th Oct 2017, 04:47
Replies: 212
Views: 100,584
Posted By riff_raff

AnFI, I did not read that the planet gear...

AnFI,

I did not read that the planet gear spherical roller bearings from the two suppliers actually had different "conformal curvatures" (or osculation ratios). What I recall was that they had...
Forum: Rotorheads
25th Oct 2017, 07:22
Replies: 212
Views: 100,584
Posted By riff_raff

gasax, Your concern about AH not yet having...

gasax,

Your concern about AH not yet having established the root cause of this problem is valid. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult or even impossible to diagnose such problems with 100%...
8th Oct 2017, 04:01
Replies: 20
Views: 4,138
Posted By riff_raff

I have spent over 25 years as a mechanical...

I have spent over 25 years as a mechanical systems design engineer working on military and commercial aircraft programs, and both manned and unmanned space vehicle projects. I've heard dozens of...
Forum: Rotorheads
8th Oct 2017, 01:23
Replies: 105
Views: 55,953
Posted By riff_raff

Good point about the AW609. Looking at the...

Good point about the AW609. Looking at the picture below shows that area of the AW609 to be fairly well protected from impacts with the nacelle tilted vertical.
...
Forum: Rotorheads
5th Oct 2017, 23:40
Replies: 105
Views: 55,953
Posted By riff_raff

"The exposed hardware when the nacelle is in VTOL...

"The exposed hardware when the nacelle is in VTOL mode looks vulnerable to bird strike..."

Interesting how that area was blurred-out of the photo and video provided in the article linked by...
Forum: Tech Log
21st Sep 2017, 01:52
Replies: 9
Views: 2,959
Posted By riff_raff

Some commercial jets have an EE bay just below...

Some commercial jets have an EE bay just below the forward galley. I recall that the 737 NG models have a drip tray located at the top of each avionics rack to collect spilled liquids that seep past...
15th Sep 2017, 04:35
Replies: 23
Views: 5,706
Posted By riff_raff

That Desktop Metal machine is limited to a part...

That Desktop Metal machine is limited to a part size of around 13". And if the finished part requires close tolerance interfaces, it will probably need to be finish machined using conventional CNC...
13th Sep 2017, 02:30
Replies: 23
Views: 5,706
Posted By riff_raff

It took SpaceX almost 6 years (2002 to 2008) to...

It took SpaceX almost 6 years (2002 to 2008) to achieve the first successful launch of their Falcon rocket. The company model DARPA should be trying to emulate is North American Aviation during the...
11th Sep 2017, 03:13
Replies: 23
Views: 5,706
Posted By riff_raff

This idea sounds wonderful on a Powerpoint...

This idea sounds wonderful on a Powerpoint presentation. But I can't see how it would be possible to quickly achieve a production rate of 500 units/month "on-demand". The proposal to produce the...
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