Compressible Flow

Mercury space capsule model with visible shockwaves and wake.

A model of a Mercury capsule captured by highspeed cameras, showing the forward pressure shockwave and the wake. (Image is taken from NASA's web site: http://www.nasa.gov.)

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MIT Course Number

16.120

As Taught In

Spring 2003

Level

Graduate

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The course begins with the basics of compressible fluid dynamics, including governing equations, thermodynamic context and characteristic parameters. The next large block of lectures covers quasi-one-dimensional flow, followed by a discussion of disturbances and unsteady flows. The second half of the course comprises gas dynamic discontinuities, including shock waves and detonations, and concludes with another large block dealing with two-dimensional flows, both linear and non-linear.

Harris, Wesley. 16.120 Compressible Flow, Spring 2003. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/aeronautics-and-astronautics/16-120-compressible-flow-spring-2003 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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