A review of hypersonic wake studies.

by P. S. Lykoudis

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A critical summary of studies in the fluid mechanics of hypersonic wakes formed behind vehicles of different geometries. The Memorandum reviews both the history and the special problems of the field, and gives special attention to such issues as the laminar regime, transition to turbulence, and turbulence. The author concludes that, while progress has undoubtedly been made in the last five years when hypersonic wakes have been investigated in a systematic way, much work remains to be done. The author outlines the areas where future research should be undertaken. 93 pp. Bibliog.

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