On boattail bodies of revolution having minimum wave drag

Keith C. Harder, Conrad Renneman, Jr.
Jan 1956

The problem of determining the shape of slender boattail bodies of revolution for minimum wave drag has been reexamined. It was found that minimum solutions for Ward's slender-body drag equation can exist only for the restricted class of bodies for which the rate of change of cross-sectional area at the base is zero. In order to eliminate this restriction, certain higher order terms must be retained in the drag equation and isoperimetric relations. The minimum problem for the isoperimetric conditions of given length, volume, and base area is treated as an example. According to Ward's drag equation, the resulting body shapes have slightly less drag than those determined by previous investigators.

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