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EMAC Circuit Module

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0934
Category: Unknown
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: EMAC Circuit Module
Part No: 6723-00347
Serial No: 0016
Manufacturer: Elliott Bros
Division: Military Aircraft Controls [MACD]
Platform(s): C-5A/B Galaxy
Year of Manufacture: 1966
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Location: Rack RAA03 [Main Store]

MRB 0465
Des 4L95072-105
Part No 6723-00347
Ser No 0016


This is a Circuit Board Used on C-5A EMAC Pt No. 59-002-03. The design is marked 4L97502-105 and it was made in 1966.

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft built by Lockheed. It provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability. The C-5 Galaxy has been operated by USAF since 1969.

The C-5A and C-5B were fitted with an Energy Management Analog Computer (EMAC).

Three sources of energy are available to generate aerodynamic forces and thus manoeuvre the airplane: kinetic, which increases with increasing airspeed; potential, which is proportional to altitude; and chemical, which is from the fuel in the airplane's tanks.

The airplane is continuously expending energy in flight because of drag. During manoeuvring, the three types of energy can be traded, or exchanged, usually at the cost of additional drag. This process of consciously manipulating the energy state of the airplane is referred to as energy management.

The objective of manoeuvring the airplane is to manage energy so that the three types of energy stay between limits.

The pilot does not directly control the energy but controls the direction and magnitude of the forces acting on the airplane. These forces result in accelerations applied to the airplane. The result of these accelerations is a change in the orientation of the airplane and a change in the direction, magnitude, or both, of the flight path vector. Ultimately, velocity and altitude define the energy state.

This process of controlling forces to change accelerations and produce a new energy state takes time especially in an aircraft as large as the C-5 so a computerised system was devised to take control and optimise the control. Graham Holloway (Elliotts 1961 [Apprentice Technician] –  ?1978 [Project Leader])recalls that this used a technique known as “IMPACT”, integrated modular pulse analogue computing technique, basically the controlled chopping of reference waveforms (sine, cos ramp and triangular) to perform multiplication, division and trig functions. FARL did some work on systems for torpedoes, and the C5 Galaxy crosswind steering system with MACD.

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