aerodynamics: Effect of Hypersonic Speeds
Effect of Hypersonic Speeds
Recently, intense research has gone into the development of planes that can fly at hypersonic speeds, approximately five times or more than the speed of sound. At these speeds the properties of air change radically; there is a rapid increase in temperature associated with the air flowing at such speeds along a plane's surface. The U.S. Air Force is working to develop an aircraft that could travel at 13,000 mph (21,000 kph), a speed that would generate temperatures greater than 3,500℉ (2,000℃).
Sections in this article:
- Effect of Hypersonic Speeds
- Creation of Shock Waves
- The Basic Forces of Thrust, Drag, and Lift
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