During several years past special researches have been carried on at the Torpedo Station at Newport in connection with questions that have arisen there and at the Navy Department. Through the courtesy of the Chief of Bureau of Ordnance, the Institute is allowed to publish in the Proceedings the results of some of these researches which have never before been made public.
The compilation here presented is far from being a complete record of the work done, for practically all of the reports contain quantities of data which it is impracticable to reproduce in these pages. But the attempt has been made, where it seemed worth while, to give some idea of the method of experimentation, and a summary of the results attained. The conclusions reached by the experimenters are generally given in their own language as taken from the official reports.
In what follows, the character of the research is indicated by the words italicized.