On the formation of shock waves in subsonic flows with local supersonic velocities


naca-tm-1251
1950


In the flow about a body with large supersonic velocity, if the velocity of the approaching flow is sufficiently large, regions of local supersonic velocities are formed about the body. It is shown in this paper that the problem of finding a continuous flow about an arbitrary contour with local supersonic velocities is not legitimately posed and, generally speaking, has no solution.

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