The prospects for laminar flow on hypersonic airplanes

Seiff, Alvin.
naca-rm-a58d25
1958


The factors which affect the extent of laminar flow on airplanes for hypersonic flight are discussed on the basis of the available data. Factors considered include flight Reynolds number, surface roughness, angle of attack, angle of leading-edge sweepback, and aerodynamic interference. Test data are presented for one complete configuration.

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