Accession Number:

ADA224584

Title:

Physics of High-Temperature Air. Pt. 1. Basics

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 1987-Dec 1988

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

123.0

Abstract:

This document provides an introduction for the non-specialist to the physics of dissociating and ionizing air in the temperature range from 1000-12, 000 K. Topics addressed include the equilibrium composition and radiative properties of air under these conditions together with an indication of when and how the assumptions of equilibrium tend to break down. A preliminary discussion is given of applications to missile reentry, to nuclear fireballs, and to the physics of the upper atmosphere.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE