The Method of Characteristics for Three-Dimensional Real -Gas Flows Including the Digital Computer Program Details and Operating Procedures for Frozen Flows
Final rept. 1 Apr 1963-Nov 1966
CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO NY
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The method of characteristics is formulated for the computation of the supersonic flow of an inviscid, reacting gas over a smooth three-dimensional body. Various methods of constructing networks of bicharacteristic lines are examined from the point of view of numerical stability and accuracy. A new method of forming the network, which consists of projecting forward along streamlines from data points on specified data planes, is found to be most easily adopted to the particular requirements of nonequilibrium chemistry. The general method was coded for the IBM 7090 computer and the program demonstrated for the case of an ideal gas. Calculations were made for the case of an ideal gas. Calculations were made for the flow about a spherical-tip 15 degree half- angle cone at 10 degree angle of attack and a generalized elliptical body at zero incidence. Since the program yields the pressure distribution along specified streamlines, it is straightforward, in principle, to link it to a finite-rate chemistry stream tube program to treat three-dimensional, nonequilibrium flows.
- Fluid Mechanics