A good understanding of turbulent compressible flows is essential to the design and operation of high-speed vehicles. Such flows occur, for example, in the external flow over the surfaces of supersonic aircraft, and in the internal flow through the engines. Our ability to predict the aerodynamic lift, drag, propulsion and maneuverability of high-speed vehicles is crucially dependent on our knowledge of turbulent shear layers, and our understanding of their behavior in the presence of shock waves and regions of changing pressure. Turbulent Shear Layers in Supersonic Flow provides a comprehensive introduction to the field, and helps provide a basis for future work in this area. Wherever possible we use the available experimental work, and the results from numerical simulations to illustrate and develop a physical understanding of turbulent compressible flows.
This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to the field of compressible turbulent flows, for students, engineers and scientists. The text collects the most recent results of research on the behavior of turbulent shear layers at supersonic speed and recounts the current understanding of these flows. No other book provides an integrated treatment of turbulent flows with compressibility - essential to the design and operation of high-speed vehicles.