The minimization of wave drag for wings and bodies with given base area or volume

Max A. Heaslet
Jul 1957

The minimization of wave drag for thin aerodynamic shapes carrying no lift is studied for conditions under which either base area or volume is specified. When volume alone is given, the analysis is limited to shapes with straight trailing edges normal to the stream direction. The problem of minimization is reduced to one of finding a two-dimensional harmonic function with known boundary conditions.

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