The wave suppressor used in the N.A.C.A. tank

Truscott, Starr
naca-tn-513
December 1934


So long a time was required for the disturbed water to become quiet after a model had been towed down the N.A.C.A. tank, that only 12 to 18 runs a day could be made. In order to shorten the time lost in waiting between runs, several different methods of suppressing the waves were tried. The most effective form of wave suppressor developed consists of wooden frames covered with fine copper screening and secured horizontally just beneath the surface of the water at the sides of the tank. With these suppressor placed every 50 feet along the length of the tank, 40 to 60 test runs a day can be made.

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