Collection UT467 - Alan Burn : research notes

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Alan Burn : research notes


  • 1920-1955 (Creation)

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1 type one box (17 folders)

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Born in Hobart in 1889, Alan Burn graduated in Engineering from the University of Tasmania, and worked for the Victorian State Rivers and Water Commission before winning a fellowship to study in Switzerland. After working in England in Aeronautical Inspection Department from 1916 - 1918, he returned to Tasmania where he was a Professor of Engineering from 1919-1956. His research topics included aerofoil theory, vortex wind tunnels, hydraulics, stress, and centrifugal and axial pumps.
One of the University’s best-known personalities, Burn was a clear thinker and first- rate lecturer who set high standards and encouraged his students, many of whom went on to eminent positions in engineering practice. He wasa Vice-Chancellor of UTAS 23.02.1945 – 25.08.1949. More information

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These papers were transferred from the basement of the Engineering Building in 1986. They were very dirty and disordered and other papers with them were found to be unidentifiable and were destroyed.

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Collection consists of research notes compiled by Prof Alan Burn from 1920-1955 when he was Professor of Engineering at UTAS. They included notes on aero research, aerofoil theory, vortex wind theory, hydraulics plans, hydraulic problems, hydraulic machine, problems, 2 dimensional stress, centrifugal pumps x 2, centrifugal and axial pumps, axial flow pumps from J.G. Burnell, axial fans and pumps, rectangular frames, strain energy methods, cavitation in turbines and pumps, struts with elastic supports and analysis of rigid frames (Bowstring & Vierendeel etc)

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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