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Transonic flow over a non-lifting, slender body of revolution


Royce, Winston W. (1959) Transonic flow over a non-lifting, slender body of revolution. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


Sonic flow past a non-lifting, slender body of revolution is investigated by the use of small disturbance theory. An approximation for the local Mach number distribution is used to linearize the transonic potential equation. Solutions for the velocity components, pressure distribution, and drag are obtained in terms of simple integrals involving the body geometry. An extension to other Mach numbers in the transonic range is given. The theoretical pressure distribution and drag are found to give good agreement with experimental data.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Cole, Julian D.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1959
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01092006-153522
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ID Code:83
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Deposited On:10 Jan 2006
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:27

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