The method of characteristics for the determination of supersonic flow over bodies of revolution at small angles of attack

Antonio Ferri
naca-tn-1809
Feb 1949


The method of characteristics has been applied for the determination of the supersonic-flow properties around bodies of revolution at a small angle of attack. The system developed considers the effect of the variation of entropy due to the curved shock and determines a flow that exactly satisfies the boundary conditions in the limits of the simplifications assumed. Two practical methods for numerical calculations are given.

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