Accuracy of approximate methods for predicting pressures on pointed nonlifting bodies of revolution in supersonic flow

Dorris M. Ehret
Aug 1952

The accuracy and range of applicability of the linearized theory, second-order theory, tangent-cone method, conical-shock-expansion theory, and Newtonian theory for predicting pressure distributions on pointed bodies of revolution at zero angle of attack are investigated. Pressure distributions and integrated pressure drag obtained by these methods are compared with standard values obtained by the method of characteristics and the theory of Taylor and Maccoll.

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