Review of Linear Compressible Stability Theory

  • Leslie M. Mack
Part of the ICASE NASA LaRC Series book series (ICASE/NASA)


A review is given of some aspects of the linear compressible stability theory. Major attention is given to the inviscid theory and the additional solutions that arise when there is a region of supersonic flow relative to the phase velocity. For highly cooled flat-plate boundary layers at Mach number 5.8, the unstable region includes supersonic outgoing waves. A previously unknown neutral incoming wave has also been found. An example of viscous multiple solutions is given, along with calculations of higher viscous discrete modes and the compressible counterpart of the Squire mode.


Mach Number Phase Velocity Incoming Wave Discrete Mode Compressible Boundary Layer 
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