Ok, here is some additional ammo for the debate (don't you
love it how some things just won't die{:>)).

I came across Naca-report-86 "Properties of Special Types
of Radiators" which addressed the effects of radiator thickness on factors
that are of importance to us. Mass flow, Drag and Heat removal. You
can down load it from several sites, just type in the above title in Google or
other search engine. But, here is one URL. Click on "View PDF" to
get the file.

The report has a lot that makes it interesting reading
including the effects of "Yawing" your aircraft on cooling effectiveness -
something I know we have all spent nights wondering about, Yawn! In any
case, its the only thing I have found that really addresses the thickness factor
and whether you agree or disagree with my conclusions, I think you should add it
to your collection of NACA reports.

In any case onward with my interpretation:

Using the same radiator characteristics as in the report
but only varying the thickness of a radiator from 1" thickness to 4"
thickness, this is the result I got using their
equations. (Fortunately,the report had an example of each
equation , so I could plug their values into the
equations and check on the accuracy of the formulas I put into the spreadsheet
before I used them. There test cases were radiators with 1
square foot frontal area and ranged up to 16" in thickness. They
also used a 120 mph input velocity, which is probably a bit higher than for our
installations - but I also used that value as well. Some of the charts in
the back show airspeeds down to 40 mph or so.

But in any case, assuming I did not screw up someplace,
here are the results I got when I changed only the thickness of the radiator on
drag, mass flow and heat removal:

1. The **Drag (**R) went
from 4.28 lbf/ft2 to 6.77 lbf/ft2 or a **58% increase **presumably due to
wall friction

2. The **Mass flow**
(M) decreased from 12.33 lbm/ft^2/sec to 11.705 or a
**5.13 % decrease
**

3. The **Heat Rejected**(Q) increased from 6.1707
HP/100F to 23.66 HP/100F for a **283%
increase**

I took each radiator thickness
from 1" to 4" and calculated the mass flow for each radiator using
their equation. I then used each radiator's mass flow (it did change,
although not a great deal), to calculate the drag and heat
rejected.

The drag percentage increased
presumably due to drag effects inside the core since the mass flow only changed
5.13% which is what would have affected drag caused by the frontal area (which
was the same - frontal area that is- for all thickness).

I knew that the 4" thick core
would carry away more heat that a 1" thick one (of the same frontal area), but I
was surprised that it was as much as indicated (again, always assuming I
have not screwed up someplace along the way). The heat rejected increased
by 283% between the 1" and 4" radiator of the same frontal area.

Since the flow rate only varied by 5%, I
presume this increase in heat rejection must be due to the fact that the air
stayed in the core approx 4 times longer in the 4" vs the1" picking up
additional heat. I would assume the benefit will start to diminish at
some point, but apparently not at 4" at 120 MPH.

I encourage anyone who has an interest
to obtain the report and check this out and to ...err make certain no
"subconscious bias" on my part misrepresented this report. Yes, my
spreadsheet is also available to anyone who wants to examine it, use it, find
any errors, etc, etc .

Always the chance I could have screwed
up or misinterpreted the equations, but the results are as accurate as I
could make it.

Would appreciate any one finding of
errors or misinterpretation of the results please convey it to me (and of course
the list). Spreadsheet is attached.

Lay on! MacDuff!!

Ed