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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. doi:10.7907/HYJJ-3241.


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:21 Dec 2019 04:47

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