Steady Energy Deposition at Mach 5 for Drag Reduction

  • E. Erdem
  • L. Yang
  • K. Kontis
  • A. Nigam


Historically the potential of energy-assisted shaping of high-speed flows with modest on board power requirements has been the subject of a number of earlier investigations. The possibility of obtaining drag reduction using energy sources upstream of blunt bodies has been pioneered by Georgievskii and Levin [1] and Myrabo and Raizer [2] in theoretical studies. In their studies the magnitude of the drag reduction was found to be insensitive to the location of energy deposition at a sufficiently large distance from the body. This was followed up by various computational studies; Levin and Terenteva [3] and Riggins et al. [4] showed power savings over cones and blunt bodies using two dimensional Euler/laminar computations.


Energy Deposition Drag Reduction Supersonic Flow Blast Wave Schlieren Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Erdem
    • 1
  • L. Yang
    • 1
  • K. Kontis
    • 1
  • A. Nigam
    • 1
  1. 1.AeroPhysics Lab, School of MACEUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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