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Dynamic behavior of the shock wave formed around a reflector in supersonic flow

  • K. Hiraki
  • H. Kleine
Conference paper


Parachutes which operate in the supersonic regime are known to be unstable unless their porosity is much lower than that of a conventional one [1]. A front-facing concave body, (i.e., a body with a shape resembling a cup), is a typical shape of a parachute without suspension lines. The flow diagnosis around such body is the main theme of the present study.


Shock Wave Reflector Model Shock System Free Stream Flow Supersonic Wind Tunnel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Hiraki
    • 1
  • H. Kleine
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Control EngineeringKyushu Institute of TechnologyFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.School of Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical EngineeringThe University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force AcademyCanberraAustralia

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