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This invention relates generally to the construction of aircraft and more particularly to the construction of aircraft of the aeroplane type. It is the general object of my invention to provide an improved construction for certain structural elements, such as the planes and body or fuselage of an aircraft, by which construction the strength and rigidity of said parts will be maintained or increased, while the weight of the parts may be substantially reduced. A more specific object of my invention is to provide thin hollow structural members in an aircraft, which hollow members are maintained under substantial internal pressure and are effectively stiffened thereby. By such construction I am able to use frame elements of very high tensile strength and of corresponding thinness, while at the same time maintaining the necessary stiffness and rigidity.
aircraft, aircraft construction, aeroplane, structural elements of aircraft, fuselage
Aerospace Engineering | Aviation | Mechanical Engineering
Goddard, Robert, "Aircraft Construction" (1937). WPI Patents Collection. 53.