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An application of the method of characteristics to axially symmetric supersonic flow

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Griffing, C. W. (1947) An application of the method of characteristics to axially symmetric supersonic flow. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12082008-150626

Abstract

The method of characteristics for three dimensional axially symmetric bodies was used to determine the velocity distribution about the nose of the Corporal E rocket, a rocket projectile, for Mach numbers 2 and 4. From the velocities the pressure distribution was determined and a drag coefficient computed.

For a starting point the nose of the projectile was approximated for a short distance by a cone and the Taylor-Maccoll solution to this problem was used. This solution gave the angle of shockwave and the body. The Sauer graphical-numerical iteration method was used for the remainder of the solution.

Preliminary calculations and the work for Mach number 3 were carried out by Dr. H. K. Forster to whom we are indebted for instruction and aid with this work.

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):
  • Stewart, Homer Joseph
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1947
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12082008-150626
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12082008-150626
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ID Code:4886
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
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Deposited On:24 Dec 2008
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:12

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