Supersonic Flow over an Inclined Body of Revolution

Hsue-shen Tsien

(California Institute of Technology)


A first approximation is obtained for the side force or the lift of a body of revolution inclined in a supersonic flow from the linearized equation of motion of compressible fluids. It is shown that the lift at any fixed Mach’s number is directly proportional to the angle of attack of the body. The case of the cone is calculated in detail and a general method using step-wise doublet distribution is developed for a pointed projectile.

The aerodynamic forces acting on a projectile can be divided into three parts: the resistance or drag in the direction of the axis of the body, the lift in the direction perpendicular to the axis of the ...

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