Title page for ETD etd-06062008-165846

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Ahn, Seungki
URN etd-06062008-165846
Title An experimental study of flow over a 6 to 1 prolate spheroid at incidence
Degree PhD
Department Aerospace Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Simpson, Roger L. Committee Chair
Lutze, Frederick H. Jr. Committee Member
Mason, William H. Committee Member
Schetz, Joseph A. Committee Member
Walker, Dana A. Committee Member
  • Air flow
Date of Defense 1992-10-05
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In two-dimensional flow, the point of flow separation from the surface coincides with the point at which the skin friction vanishes. However, in three-dimensional flow, the situation is much more complex and the flow separation is rarely associated with the vanishing of the wall shear stress except in a few special cases. Though the effects of cross-plane separation are substantial and have been recognized for some time, the phenomenon of flow separation over three-dimensional bodies is still far from being completely understood. The flow is so complex that no completely satisfactory analytical tools are available at the moment. In an attempt to logically identify the various effects and parametric dependence while simultaneously minimizing configuration dependent issue, the flow over a 6 to 1 prolate spheroid, which is a generic three-dimensional body, is investigated.

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