Collection documents the activities of the David Taylor Model Basin.
Collection consists of a report by Mills Dean III, titled "Frontier Days of Electronic Measurements of the Taylor Model Basin." The report contains photographs of the model basin and diagrams of its construction. The photographs document equipment, facilities staff, and testing activities of the David Taylor Model Basin in the 1940s. Photographs are of cathode ray tubes recording channels; circuits; diagrams; a dynamometer; sections of ships at sea; and a static and dynamic ship analog computer. Also included are photographs of the David Taylor Model Basin (exterior and interior shots); electronics laboratory; Model Basin staff; and the 24th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America.
Collection is arranged into 5 series.
Series 1: Vernon E. Benjamin Materials, 1946-1947
Series 2: George W. Cook Materials, 1945-1973
Series 3: Mills Dean III Materials, 1946-1969
Series 4: Papers, Reports and Writings, 1856, 1878, 1925-1971
Series 5: Photographs, 1943-1952
The David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB) was conceived, designed, and built from 1937-1939 by the United States Navy for building and testing ship models in accordance with the most modern and accurate methods.
The facility was named after David Watson Taylor (1864-1940), a naval architect, rear admiral and the chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair for the Navy. Taylor oversaw the design and construction of naval aircraft and ships. Taylor conceived of and designed the Washington Navy Yard's Experimental Model Basin (EMB) in 1896. By the 1930s, the EMB had become inadequate for research, and a new research facility--David Taylor Model Basin--was built in West Bethesda, Maryland. It is now known as the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)
Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, David Taylor Model Basin, 1939, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, West Bethesda, Maryland, January 30, 1998
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Collection is open for research. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
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