A theoretical study of the moment on a body in a compressible fluid

Kaplan, Carl
naca-report-671
1939


The extension to a compressible fluid of Lagally's theorem on the moment on a body in an incompressible fluid and Poggi's method of treating the flow of compressible fluids are employed for the determination of the effect of compressibility on the moment of an arbitrary body. Only the case of the two-dimensional subsonic flow of an ideal compressible fluid is considered. As examples of the application of the general theory, two well-known systems of profiles are treated; namely the elliptic profile and the symmetrical Joukowski profiles with sharp trailing edges. The effect of compressibility on the position of the center of pressure is also discussed. Several numerical examples of both the elliptic and the Joukowski profiles are given.

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