Started by KJ_Lesnick, July 23, 2016, 02:33:10 PM
Quote from: KJ_Lesnick on July 23, 2016, 02:33:10 PMI'm curious why the Germans were so obsessed with annular cowls?
Quote from: wuzak on July 23, 2016, 04:29:22 PMI'm curious why you're curious.
QuoteAnyway, just have a think about it and ask yourself what advantages the annual cowl had over other cooling solutions.
QuoteLook at the types that used these cowls and ask yourself why the annular radiator system may have been beneficial in those instances.
Quote from: KJ_Lesnick on July 23, 2016, 06:15:55 PMI'd guess that it might be conducive to modularity.
Quote from: KJ_Lesnick on July 23, 2016, 06:15:55 PMThey were bombers mostly...
Quote from: rickshaw on July 23, 2016, 08:38:07 PMEasy to mount an inline engine on a radial engine fuselage/engine bay. The fuselage remained the standard width, the cowling remained (largely) the same. This facilitated the upgrade of aircraft or swapping between engine types as the war situation worsened.There were examples of previously radial cowled inline engines being transplanted, minus the radial cowl onto other aircraft with ill effects as well. The Czech version of the Me109 springs to mind, post war which was sold to Israel. It used the inline engines from the Ju88, which had previously had a radial cowl. The cowl was remove and it used the standard Me109 radiators.
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