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Flow field around a finite cone with shock


Muirhead, Vincent U. (1949) Flow field around a finite cone with shock. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


The objective of this investigation was to study the flow field in the immediate vicinity of a finite cone and to compare the results with analytical values for an infinite cone. Pressure distribution over the surface of a 70 degree cone and the general characteristics of the shock wave were investigated. The tests were conducted at five Mach numbers covering the four regimes of flow. Particular attention was given to the conditions at the apex of the cone. The locations of the intersection of the sonic line with the surface of the cone and with the shock wave were determined.

In general the tests demonstrate that at the apex of a finite cone the pressure and the shock wave angle closely approach the values predicted by analytical methods in the four regimes of flow.

The tests were conducted in the GALCIT 2.5" Supersonic Wind Tunnel.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Puckett, Allen E. (advisor)
  • Nagamatsu, Henry T. (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1949
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01282009-092339
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ID Code:392
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Deposited On:28 Jan 2009
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:29

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