AN ESTIMATE OF THE EFFECTS OF A LAMINAR EQUILIBRIUM BOUNDARY LAYER ON THE DOWNSTREAM WAKE
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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In this report the problem considered is that of the contribution of the laminar boundary layer to the structure of the flow field of re-entry vehicles and whether its effect may be significant for inclusion in the detailed analysis for the chemical species in the wake. It was found that the electron distribution in the flow field at the rear of the body can be satisfactorily represented without taking into account the presence of the boundary layer. For the 2 12 -inch-nose-radius body considered, the contribution of the equilibrium laminar boundary layer to the dissociated ionized flow may be neglected for further analysis of the wake.
- Fluid Mechanics