AE4502 Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows

One-dimensional, compressible flow is reviewed. Two-dimensional and axis-symmetric supersonic of ideal gases. Oblique shocks and expansion waves. General compressible flow equations. Potential supersonic and conical flows. Compressible scaling and transonic area ruling. Effects of very high velocity and low density. Hypersonic flow. Mach number independence and equivalence principles. Newtonian method. Blunt and slender body solutions. Real gas behavior and effect on shock and boundary layers. Applications are presented to satellite parasitic drag and re-entry flows.


ME3201 or consent of instructor

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  • As Required