Accession Number : AD0612129

Title :   CONTROL, AMPLIFICATION, AND FLUIDS,

Corporate Author : HARRY DIAMOND LABS WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Horton,Billy M.

Report Date : 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Military applications of fluid amplification currently being investigated include: logic and timing circuits for ordnance; rocket thrust vectoring, missile attitude control; automatic piloting of aircraft; hydrofoil control; jet engine control; heart massaging; and artificial respiration. It is a little early to say just how far this new medium will go in each of these fields, but the inherent advantages of simplicity and ruggedness give strong impetus to the work. The term 'simplicity' above does not necessarily refer to the state of understanding necessary to cause an all-fluid system to work properly. In fact, each device having significantly different characteristics usually points out the need for additional fundamental knowledge of fluid flow. The resulting practical impetus to research activity is aided by the realization that all-fluid systems can 'think' in the manner of electronic systems (though not nearly as fast) and that full exploitation of this capacity requires better analysis and synthesis of fluid flow phenomena in order to permit more orderly design of fluid systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FLUID FLOW, AMPLIFIERS), (*AMPLIFIERS, FLUID FLOW), (*CONTROL SYSTEMS, FLUID FLOW), COMPUTER LOGIC, TIMING CIRCUITS, CONTROL SYSTEMS, FEEDBACK, SERVOMECHANISMS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE