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Course Detail

Course Name Hypersonic Flow Theory
Course Code 15AES442
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction – Basic Considerations and Definitions – Videos of Atmospheric ReEntry – Thin Shock Layer – Entropy Layer – Viscous Interaction – Low Density Flows – High Temperature Effects – Visual Presentation of Damages due to High Temperature Effects – Hypersonic Flight Paths.

Unit 2

Inviscid Hypersonic Flow Theory: Shock Expansion Method, Surface Inclination Methods – Small Disturbance Equations and Approximate Methods – Similarity Laws.

Unit 3

Exact Methods – Method of Characteristics Review – Unit Processes for Method of Characteristics: Planar, Axisymmetric and 3-D Flows – Blunt Body Problem and Shock Interaction Types – Modern Computational Methods – Introduction to Viscous Hypersonic Flows.

Text Books

  • John D. Anderson, “Hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics,” McGraw Hill, 2002.


Wallace D. Hayes and Ronald F. Probstein, “Hypersonic Flow Theory,” 2nd edition, Academic Press, 1959.

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