Theoretical analysis of oscillations of a towed cable

William H Phillips
naca-tn-1796
Jan 1949


Previous analyses of the stability of towed bodies stabilized by fins have generally assumed that the towing cable remained steady. These theories failed to predict the violent motion of these bodies which has been observed to occur in practice above a certain airspeed. This motion involves oscillations of the cable. A theoretical investigation was therefore made of the stability of oscillations of the cable.

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