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Our project's goal - break the existing record of 763 mph (1,228 km/h) by reaching 800 mph (1,287 km/h)!

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NAE™ Project: Update

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

A good number of members appeared at our Spanaway, WA. hangar this morning as Team NAE™ made more progress in preparing the North American Eagle™ jet car for its mid speed test runs in the fall:  Ed Shadle, Tom Tiede, Von Armstrong, Sean Rondestvedt, Bill Eckberg, Keith Zanghi, Eric Helpenstell, Rich Pengelley, Jon Higley and Bernard McVay.

Keith & Bill
schematic of ramp

Today the team continued fuselage maintenance with Tom, Keith and Sean overcoming some problems related to old parts and new modifications. Bill was again with pencil, paper and ruler under the front end, making  calculations  that will translate into some  computer aided dimensional designs.

Bill & Bernard
Tom & Sean
Eric & Bernard

Bernard McVay, longtime team member, sponsor, (check out his web page) and owner of McVay Mobile Welding, designed and fabricated most of the heavy ground support equipment (GSE) used in loading, unloading, and transporting the 13,000 lb. jet car.  He is a master welder who has worked with his firm on numerous projects, large and small and regional and overseas.  Today he took time out to work at the hangar, modifying the original loading ramp designs so that the car can be moved in and out of the LevX Transporter without removing the mid wheel assembly. This will save a lot of time and effort during setting up and packing up operations.

new ramp
team examins ramp

Crew chief Bill Eckberg did some computer designs on the modifications using Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.  Bernard provided the heavy steel stock and did the cutting and welding, and owner-driver Ed Shadle gave the nod.  It takes talent, team work, innovation and perseverance to achieve the lofty goal of setting a new world land speed record.  Team NAE™ is up to that challenge. Obviously, it also takes financial backing.  Hopeful that new avenues of support are on the near horizon, we are grateful for our sponsors; past, present and future.

Lenovo & NAE
Lenovo Server

Using Lenovo D20 and C20 ThinkStations, our Aerodynamics Team of Ron Doll, Darren Grove, Rex Walter, Mike Thoe and Don Mitchell have been generating CFD Solutions.  Using Pointwise CFD Meshing software the team is able to easily modify each design, then run a CFD Solution using Metacomp Technologies CFD++ flow solver.  We then export it to our post processing CEI  EnSight Gold 3D Visualization software to show our results.

shock wave analysis

Above is an example of some of the aerodynamic research taking place. The 700mph (Mach 0.94) solution shows regions of 3-Dimensional shock waves forming around the vehicle extending from near body to farfield and are colored by Mach. Shock waves are characterized by an abrupt, nearly discontinuous change in the characteristics of the medium, resulting an extremely rapid rise in pressure, temperature and density of the flow. The car's surfaces are colored by pressure. Modeling of the ground plane (black triangles) is used in the CFD model to better capture ground effects on the force and moments about the car. Work to produce optimized fairings for aerodynamic efficiency is ongoing.

F.E.A. of brake rotor

Our resident Physicist, John Mittleider has been performing some FEA (Finite Element Analysis) on some key structural components.   Above is an example of his work.

Computers have changed the workplace and Team North American Eagle™ is no different.  You can see that the entire team is engaged, even if they are not at the hangar. As you have read, from the work to our aerodynamics team, and the structural analysis from our physicist, to our webmaster, Jon Higley, who puts this website together from his home, our Lenovo computers are making the difference in our quest to break the world land speed record.

Photos of 56-0763


56-0763 At Palmdale Behind SR-71


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