A Caltech Library Service

Supersonic Wave Drag of Thin Airfoils


Puckett, Allen Emerson (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 and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • von Kármán, Theodore (advisor)
  • Stewart, Homer Joseph (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1949
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06232004-141931
Persistent URL:
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:2697
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:24 Jun 2004
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 16:49

Thesis Files

PDF (Puckett_ae_1949.pdf) - Final Version
See Usage Policy.


Repository Staff Only: item control page