The earlier theories of the action of the screw propeller date back to the pioneer work of Rankine and Wm. Froude, the contributions of the latter continued and enlarged by R. E. Froude. These studies all related naturally to the screw propeller as applied to the problems of marine propulsion. However, there is, of course, no difference in basic theory between the propeller in its action on water and on air, and these earlier studies of Rankine and of the Froudes furnish a natural and logical historical starting point for a discussion of the theory of the screw propeller for aeronautic purposes.


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Autogyro Theory

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© Berlin · Julius Springer 1935

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Glauert
    • 1
  1. 1.FarnboroughEngland

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