Compressible potential flow with circulation about a circular cylinder

Heaslet, Max A

The potential function for flow, with circulation, of a compressible fluid about a circular cylinder is obtained in series form including terms of the orders of m(4) where m is the Mach number of the free stream. The resulting equations are used to obtain pressure coefficients as a function of Mach number at a point on the surface of the cylinder for different values of circulation. The coefficients derived are compared with the Glauert-Prandtl and Karman-Tsien approximations which are functions of the pressure coefficients of an incompressible fluid. For the cases considered, the values of the pressure coefficients computed from the theory were found to be somewhere between the two approximations, the first underestimating and the second overestimating it.

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