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An approximate theory for potential flow through cascades of airfoils


Hlavka, George E. (1954) An approximate theory for potential flow through cascades of airfoils. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


A new analytic theory is presented for predicting certain characteristics of the plane potential flow through a cascade. The analysis is based on the assumption that the airfoils of the cascade deviate only slightly from straight lines.

The theory provides a means for obtaining higher order approximations than have been found heretofore. As a result it has been possible to evaluate the accuracy of existing first-order approximations.

In addition the first-order theory has been extended by the addition of a means for obtaining the variation of flow velocity and pressure at the airfoils, and the removal of certain restrictions on angle of attack.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Rannie, W. Duncan
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1954
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12162003-153722
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ID Code:5013
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Deposited On:09 Jan 2004
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:13

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