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Publication numberUS1682405 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 28, 1928
Filing dateMar 30, 1923
Priority dateApr 13, 1922
Publication numberUS 1682405 A, US 1682405A, US-A-1682405, US1682405 A, US1682405A
InventorsNaatz Hermann
Original AssigneeFirm Luft Fahrzeug Ges M B H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Nonrigid airship
US 1682405 A
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' 1,682,405 H. NAATZ NONRIGID AIRSHIP Filed March 30,. 1925 Patented Aug. 28, 1928.




Application filed larch-30, 1923, Serial No. 628,851, and in Germany April 13, 1922.

This invention relates in general to airships and more particularly to airships of the non-rigid type. It is well known that the most important part of air-ships of the nonrigid type is the envelope, for this is the part that receives the gas charge and that has to resist the pressures produced thereby and also the external forces which are liable to arise when the load is unevenly distributed and when the ship passes through squalls and is steered by its rudder etc. The pressure of the gas in the envelope only gives rise to tensional stresses, while the external forces produce both tensional and pressure or thrust stresses, which generally spread in accordance with know laws over the surface of the envelope and are superimposed upon the stresses due to'the gas pressure in the envelope, so that at some parts of the envelope the tensional stresses are increased while at others they are reduced. Consequently the envelope is not stretched equally at all points, and the stretching of the envelope is notsymmetrical at all parts, so that the'body of the balloon is deformed, or in other words it is subjected to thrust, bending and torsional stresses. As the envelope of a non-rigid airship is made of material such as fabric which is very easily deformed these thrust, bending and torsional stresses may-often be very considerable, and the may become so great that the steerability o the ship is interfered withand on the other hand the structures, such as the gangway suspended from the body of the ship, are unduly pressed, pulled or bent. To avoid these undue stresses of the suspended structures the have to be made, in airshi s of the knownk into one another like telescopes, or of extreme.- ly strong parts. If the latter course is adopted, the suspended structure revents deformation of the balloon b sti ening it, but it then has to be ca able 0 resisting very great stresses. This p an is utilized in ships of the semi-rigid type. But the construction. of stifiening structures or members of this kind involves at difiiculties, because it is not certain M at part of the external forces is coped with by the balloon and what part is received by the stiff structure, because the exansional properties of the material of the alloon are uite irregular and differ from those of meta to such an extent (woven material stretches 150 times as much as aluminind, either of parts that sli e ium) that no rules regardim the distribution of the forces can be foun 1 These disadvantages of non-rigid and semirigid airships are avoided by the present invention. In accordance with this invention the envelope is made so as to be defprmable to aslight extent only, and this is accomplished by making the envelope of three separate parts, one of which is constructed of members which are substantially non-expansible such as wire ropes, wire cords, wires, rods and the like. The'part that consists of practically non-expansible members is made in the form of a network which covers or embraces an interior gas-filled envelope and which is surrounded by a second outer airtight envelope. The invention is shown by way of example in the drawing in which Fig. 1 is a diagrammatic side elevation with a part of the external envelope broken away to show the network covering.

Fig. 2 is a diagrammatic section of the airship. i

Fig. 3 is a cross section of an airship with a ballonet arranged inside the internal envelope 'for keeping the envelope taut,

F 1g. 4 is a modification in which a ballonet is arranged outside of'the interior envelope,


Fi 5 is another modification in which the interior of the, ship is divided by a vertical partition.

The three parts of the envelope are arranged as follows: Referring to the drawing a is a network cover which embraces or surrounds a gastight envelope 6. The network a consists of substantially non-expansible members, the transverse and diagonal members being tension members, while the longitudinal members may be subjected either to tension or thrust, or both. The envelo e 1) consists of a gastight, flexible material w ich presses against the network a. The network a is coated externally by an envelo e c which is also made of a flexible materia which is airtight but need not be as tight as the en-- 'the suspended structure.

construction the two envelopes b and 'c of fabric or flexible material are subjected to small tensional stress and nearly the Whole of the tensional stresses, which is ordinarily taken by the envelope of airships of the nonrigid type, is taken in the airship according to my lnvention by the network a alone. As this network consists of members which are practically non-elastic and which extend transversely, diagonally and longitudinally as shown in Fig. 1, the body of the balloon will only be deformed very little by the influence of all external forces that may arise. The thrust or pushing together, bending, and torsion of the body of the balloon will he so slight that its steerability will not be impaired and structures connected to it, which serve to take the loads to be carried, will be stretched, compressed or bent very little, or not at all. Hence these structures can be made much lighter than in non-rigid airships equipped with elastic envelopes only.

In a particularly advantageous construction, the suspended structures are made of separate pieces f asshown in Fig. 1 interconnected by movable joints 9 suspended from the balloon in such a manner that the joints 9 all lie in a curved surface AB that adapts itself to the contour of the balloon. The suspended structure will then exert tensional or pressure stresses on the network covering of the balloon in the surface AB only, and its parts that lie beneath the surface AB can then be made as light as possible. The balloon may be deformed, as by bending, very considerably without affecting the parts of Besides, if it is considered necessary to increase the resistance to bending stresses, this can be accomplished by simply strengthening the upper booms of the suspended structure that lie in the surface A-B.

The body of the balloon may he constructed in various ways. In Fig. 3 the envelope 6 in the interior of the carrier network a consists of a gastight balloon b of fabric or the like andin the envelope 1) there is a ballonet h, and the surrounding chamber M is filled with air or another gas. The surrounding chamber M may be connected with the interior of the ballonet C or these two chambers C and- M may be arranged to have air pumped into them separately by a blower. In Fig. 4 the inner envelope is divided up into a number of separate cells I) and the bottom of the balloon is closed by a covering 2'. Here also the outer chamber M may be connected to the air chamher D containing air at the service pressure as shown in the drawing, or the chambers D and M may be separated by the covering 2' being made to extend further up into the halloon. In Fig. 5 an airship is shown in which a vertical partition 6 divides the interior of the body of the balloon into two longitudinal chambers. The partition e may consist of fabric or of network made of substantially non-expansible members such as metal rope, metal strands or the like, the object of the partition e being to hold down the top of the balloon. By providing the partition no substantial change of the construction of the envelopes is necessary as these may be inserted in the manner shown in Figs. 3 4 or 5. If desired, several partitions e may he provided.

The external chamber M, Figs. 2, 3 and 5, besides providing a smooth enclosing external surface, also offers the advantage that it prevents rapid heating of the gases by the sun, for experience has shown that gas enclosed in balloons provided with only a single envelope heats up much quicker. This heating of the gas is delayed to a still greater extent or prevented alto ether when the air in external chamber M is kept continually in motion, which may be done by pum ing in fresh air from beneath and allowing the heated air to escape at the top through adjustable valves.

Another important advantage obtained by the network cover according to the invention consists in the factthat, in the event of individual members of the network being severed, the network cover does not continue tearing like the fabric of ordinary non-rigid airships generally does, because, if meshes of suitable width are chosen, only a few tension members will be torn asunder and the forces that were resisted by them are immediately transferred to neighboring members which then take the strain without being damaged, since the extra load does not subject them to more than double the ordinary stress, and they are generally calculated to take three times the normal stress.

I claim 1. In an airship of the non-rigid type, a gas-containing envelope, a network embracmg said envelope for preventing deformation of same and consisting of longitudinal, diagonal and transverse non-expansible flexible members whose sections are interconnected so as to make the body of the ship pliable in all directions, an outer envelope over the network and a structure suspended from the network covering and comprising members connected to each other by movable joints that lie in a curved surface beneath said envelopes.

2. In an airship of the non-rigid ty e, a gas containing envelope, 9. network em racmg said envelope for preventing deformation of same and consisting of longitudinal, dia onal and transverse non-egpansihle fiexi 1e members whose sections are interconnected so as to make the body of the ship pliable in all directions, an outer envelope over the network, and a structure suspended from the network covering.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification244/30, 244/97
International ClassificationB64B1/00
Cooperative ClassificationB64B1/00
European ClassificationB64B1/00