Accession Number : AD0902841

Title :   A Hydrodynamic and Acoustic Test Facility for Underwater Missiles.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL UNDERWATER SYSTEMS CENTER NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Dunlap, R. M.

Report Date : 11 AUG 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : Since the need for a hydrodynamic and acoustic test facility to test full scale underwater missiles at full speed and power has long been considered necessary, this study was conducted to locate a site and propose a facility to exploit this concept. Of the many sites examined, the low-level outlet of the TVA Fontana Dam in North Carolina was selected as the most suitable for the proposed facility. The characteristics of the area, the type of construction, the uses for the facility, the costs, and the benefits to be gained are presented. Important hydrodynamic and acoustic measurements will be possible with precise positioning, accurate data gathering, and no possibility of losing the test vehicle; tests can be made and observed whenever and for as long as desired; and the low cost/short development time all make this proposed facility particularly attractive. (Author)

Descriptors :   *TEST FACILITIES, UNDERWATER ORDNANCE, SITE SELECTION, NORTH CAROLINA, GUIDED MISSILES, UNDERWATER TO SURFACE, TORPEDOES, HYDRODYNAMICS, ACOUSTIC RANGES, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, DAMS, ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS, COSTS, INSTRUMENTATION, TEST VEHICLES, LAUNCHING, RECOVERY.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE