An Empirical Equation for Prediction of Transition Location on Cones in Super-or Hypersonic Flight
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD
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An empirical equation has been developed for the prediction of transition location on blunt and sharp cones. The equation predicts the transition location fairly well for 48 ballistics range tests for cones without ablation and for 40 flight tests for cones with ablation ranging from zero to large. The equation is applicable for cones in supersonic or hypersonic flight. The experimental data cover a range of local Mach numbers at transition from 2.8 to 14.7 and a range of the ratio of local wall to local stream temperature at transition from .074 to 1.43.
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