Free-flight investigation of aerodynamic heat transfer to a simulated glide-rocket shape at Mach numbers up to 10

Swanson, Andrew
September 10, 1958

Heat-transfer measurements were made on a simulated glide-rocket shape in free flight at Mach numbers up to 10 and free-stream Reynolds numbers of 2 x 10(6) based on distance along surface from apex and 3 x 10(4)based on nominal leading-edge diameter. The model simulated the bottom of a 75 degree delta wing at 8 degrees angle of attack. The data indicated that for the test conditions a modified three-dimensional stagnation-point theory will predict to reasonable engineering accurary the heating on a highly swept wing leading edge, the heating being reduced by sweep by the 3/2 power of the cosine of the sweep angle. The data also indicate that laminar heating rates over the windward surface of a highly swept flat glider wing at moderate angles of attack can be predicted with reasonable engineering accuracy by flat-plate theory using wedge local flow conditions and basing Reynolds numbers on lengths from the wing leading edge parallel to the surface center line.

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