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Supersonic wave drag of thin airfoils


Puckett, Allen E. (1949) Supersonic wave drag of thin airfoils. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


The linearization of the equations of motion for the supersonic flow of a perfect fluid is discussed, and methods of solution using elementary source sink solutions are developed. These methods are applied to the calculation of performance of several types of three-dimensional supersonic airfoils; in particular, the drag at zero lift of a family of almost triangular, symmetrical wings is calculated. The significance of the results is discussed.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:airfoils ; Aeronautics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Von Kármán, Theodore
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1949
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06232004-141931
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ID Code:2697
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Deposited On:24 Jun 2004
Last Modified:17 Oct 2014 19:04

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