Magnetic Hypersonic Flow Near the Stagnation Point at Low Reynolds Number

by Michael Shi-Yuan Chen

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback31 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

This investigation extends existing low-Reynolds-number hypersonic flow theory to include magnetic-field effects. It is found that a small magnetic field of the order of 1000 Gauss or less reduces both heat transfer and skin friction in high-altitude flight, but increases shock standoff distance. The strength of magnetic field required is attainable by a permanent magnet. Increasing the wall temperature tends to produce higher values of both the heat-transfer and the skin friction parameters. As flow approaches a merged-layer regime, the effectiveness of a magnetic field diminishes.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.