Title page for ETD etd-09082012-040341

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author West, Charles Dorman
URN etd-09082012-040341
Title Investigation of subsonic boundary layer effects on supersonic-type airfoil sections
Degree Master of Science
Department Applied Mechanics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Maher, Francis J. Committee Chair
Norris, Earle Bertram Committee Member
Pardue, Louis A. Committee Member
Truitt, Robert W. Committee Member
  • Boundary layer control
Date of Defense 1952-05-26
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It was found in this investigation that the testing of supersonic airfoils at subsonic speeds to obtain pressure distributions will result in considerable error if the models are tested at very low Reynolds Numbers. The thickness of the boundary layer is critical at low Reynolds Numbers and causes a decrease in the overpressure region. This, coupled with the fact that the overpressure region increases more with Mach Number than predicted by the theory, could lead to erroneous calculations of the drag.

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