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Experimental Investigation of Detached Shock on a 70° Cone at Various Angles of Attack


Frick, Leo Francis (1950) Experimental Investigation of Detached Shock on a 70° Cone at Various Angles of Attack. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/D4TV-0W57.


An experimental investigation was made to determine the variation of shock shape and extent of subsonic region behind the shock wave with angle of attack for a 70° cone at various Mach numbers. The main interest was centered on those Mach numbers which produced detached shock waves or for which the possibility of detachment at angle of attack existed. The tests were conducted in the GALCIT 2.5" Supersonic Wind Tunnel at angles of attack of 0°, 3°, 6°, 9°, 12°, and 15° and Mach numbers of 1.438, 1.544, 1.584, 1.857, 1.986, and 3.01. It was found that, with increasing angle of attack and constant Mach number, the subsonic region behind the shock wave increased in the lower portion and decreased in the upper portion. With increasing Mach number the subsonic region decreased for all angles of attack. Interaction between the upper and lower portions of the shock wave affects the subsonic region behind the wave, suppressing its appearance on the upper surface, retarding its disappearance from the lower surface.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Nagamatsu, Henry T.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1950
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-02122009-125456
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ID Code:621
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Deposited On:19 Feb 2009
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