This book is a paperback republication of the original edition published in 1950. (Reviewed in Aircraft Engineering, Vol. 22, p. 243). It opens with a section on Fundamental Theory which covers the main thermodynamic principles and kinematics of motion. The mathematical derivations of divergence and circulation are then discussed. The potential equation is introduced, and the solutions of its linearized form are described for two dimensional and axisymmetrical flows. The theory of characteristics is deduced and applied to plane and axisymmetrical cases. The basic normal and oblique shock relationships are first established for plane flows with emphasis on the shock polar and are then extended to the case of the cone at zero incidence. The hodograph transformation is outlined without particular application.
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