Fluid Dynamics

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 47–49 | Cite as

Slender bodies of revolution with minimum wave drag in nonequilibrium supersonic flow

  • R. A. Tkalenko


We examine the problem of finding the generatrix shape of a body of revolution which travels at supersonic speed and has minimum wave drag. We assume that any number of nonequilibrium processes can take place in the flow. The pressure distribution over the body surface is taken in the linear approximation [1, 2]. A survey of studies using linear theory to find bodies of revolution of optimal form in supersonic perfect gas flow can be found in [3]. The solution of the problem of finding the form of two-dimensional slender bodies of minimum wave drag in nonequilibrium supersonic flow was obtained in [4]. In the following we examine the optimization of only those bodies of revolution for which the leading point lies on the axis of symmetry.


Body Surface Pressure Distribution Linear Approximation Linear Theory Supersonic Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Tkalenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow

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