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Some Remarks on Transonic Potential Flow Theory

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D. Nixon, G. H. Klopfer

Nielsen Engineering & Research, Inc., 510 Clyde Avenue, Mountain View, Calif. 94043

J. Appl. Mech 50(2), 270-274 (Jun 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167031 History: Received April 01, 1982; Revised January 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009

Abstract

The validity of the commonly used transonic potential equation for flows with shock waves is examined. It is concluded that in such cases the potential formulation is inconsistent with the basis assumptions of the theory because of the nonconservation of momentum across a shock. The relationship of this momentum source to wave drag is also discussed. Another topic examined is the rationalization of means to make solutions of the transonic potential equation agree better with solutions of the Euler equations.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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