A TECHNIQUE FOR COMPUTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STEADY INVISCID SUPERSONIC FLOWS
GENERAL APPLIED SCIENCE LABS INC HEMPSTEAD N Y
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A thorough understanding of the supersonic flow past an arbitrarily shaped body can only be achieved by solving the three-dimensional aerodynamic problem. It is well known that only numerical techniques can be used, because of the nonlinearity of the equations. Nevertheless, in the field of engineering, a quick, panoramic survey of a problem is often much more interesting and useful than the exact solution on one particular case. With this in mind, we attempted the building up of a technique to be used on a small computing machine. Its advantages are the simplicity of the program, which can be understood and eventually modified by engineers, not specially skilled in programming a direct control of the results, as far as they are typed out the choice of different degrees of approximation, including a very rough one, apt for getting a first insight on a given body under several conditions, and seeing how it works. In this report, the essential features of the problem are first examined to obtain suggestions for setting up a technique, and then the numerical procedure which has been set up and programmed is outlined.