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1. Oblique Waves Reading: Anderson 9.1, 9.2

Oblique Waves

Mach waves Small disturbances created by a slender body in a supersonic ﬂow will propagate diagonally away as Mach waves . These consist of small isentropic variations in ρ, V , p, and h, and are loosely analogous to the water waves sent out by a speedboat. Mach waves appear stationary with respect to the object generating them, but when viewed relative to the still air, they are in fact indistinguishable from sound waves, and their normal-direction speed of propagation is equal to a, the speed of sound.

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The angle µ of a Mach wave relative to the ﬂow direction is called the Mach angle . It can be determined by considering the wave to be the superposition of many pulses emitted by the body, each one producing a disturbance circle (in 2-D) or sphere (in 3-D) which expands at the speed of sound a. At some time interval t after the pulse is emitted, the radius of the circle will be at, while the body will travel a distance V t. The Mach angle is then seen to be µ = arcsin 1 at = arcsin Vt M

which can be deﬁned at any point in the ﬂow. In the subsonic ﬂow case where M = V /a < 1 the expanding circles do not coalesce into a wave front, and the Mach angle is not deﬁned.

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and hence po2 = po1 . The tangential z axis is tilted from the upstream ﬂow direction by the wave angle β . with area A. which is the same as the Mach angle µ only if the shock is extremely weak. and now we must distinguish between compression and expansion types. which generates an oblique shock (compression). while the fan is isentropic. For a ﬁnite-strength shock. or – a convex corner. The upstream ﬂow velocity components are u1 = V1 sin β w1 = V1 cos β z k i x V2 A n u2 n β θ β−θ w2 Mn1 1 β θ ~1 Mn1~ µ θ 1 n w1 u1 β V1 n A All the integral conservation equations are now applied to the control volume. so that it has no loss of total pressure. The ﬂow quantity changes across an oblique shock are in the same direction as across a M1 ρ1 p1 h1 po1 M2 < M1 ρ2 > ρ1 p2 > p1 h2 > h1 po2 < po1 θ sh oc k M1 ρ1 p1 h1 po1 ob liq ue ex si pan on fan θ M2 > M1 ρ2 < ρ1 p2 < p1 h2 < h1 po2 = po1 normal shock. Velocity components are taken in the x-z coordinates normal and tangential to the shock. as shown.Oblique shock and expansion waves Mach waves can be either compression waves (p2 > p1 ) or expansion waves (p2 < p1 ). a control volume analysis is applied to the oblique shock ﬂow. however. which generates an expansion fan . but in either case their strength is by deﬁnition very small (|p2 − p1 | ≪ p1 ). and across an expansion fan they are in the opposite direction. 2 . using the control volume shown in the ﬁgure. One important diﬀerence is that po decreases across the shock. will generate oblique waves of ﬁnite strength. have mass ﬂow across them. A body of ﬁnite thickness. The top and bottom boundaries are chosen to lie along streamlines so that only the boundaries parallel to the shock. Oblique geometry and analysis As with the normal shock case. The simplest body shape for generating such waves is – a concave corner. β > µ.

(5) are in fact identical to the normal-shock equations derived earlier. and u2 . Oblique/normal shock equivalence It is apparent that equations (1). Oblique shock relations The eﬀective equivalence between an oblique and a normal shock allows re-use of the already derived normal shock jump relations. ρ. (4). As shown in the ﬁgure. the moving observer sees a normal shock with velocities u1 . a are of course the same in both frames. Simpliﬁcation of equation (4) makes use of (1) to eliminate ρuA and then (3) to eliminate w from both sides. This can be physically interpreted if we examine the oblique shock from the viewpoint of an observer moving with the everywhere-constant tangential velocity w = w1 = w2 . First we deﬁne the normal Mach number components seen by the moving observer. The static ﬂuid properties p. Mn1 ≡ Mn2 V1 sin β u1 = = M1 sin β a1 a1 V2 sin(β − θ) u2 = = M2 sin(β − θ) ≡ a2 a2 3 (6) . The one addition z -momentum equation (3) simply states that the tangential velocity component doesn’t change across a shock. h. (2).Mass continuity ρ V ·n ˆ dA = 0 −ρ1 u1 A + ρ2 u2A = 0 ρ1 u1 = ρ2 u2 (1) x-Momentum ρ V ·n ˆ u dA + pn ˆ ·ˆ ı dA = 0 2 ρ1 u2 1 + p1 = ρ2 u2 + p2 2 −ρ1 u2 1 A + ρ2 u2 A − p1 A + p2 A = 0 (2) z -Momentum ρ V ·n ˆ w dA + ˆ dA = 0 pn ˆ·k w1 = w2 (3) −ρ1 u1 A w1 + ρ2 u2 A w2 = 0 Energy ρ V ·n ˆ ho dA = 0 −ρ1 u1 ho1 A + ρ2 u2 ho2 A ho1 1 2 2 h1 + u 1 + w1 2 1 h1 + u2 2 1 = 0 = ho2 1 2 2 u 2 + w2 2 1 2 = h2 + u2 2 = h2 + (4) (5) Equation of State p2 = γ−1 ρ2 h2 γ Simpliﬁcation of equation (3) makes use of (1) to eliminate ρuA from both sides. We only need to construct the necessary transformation from one frame to the other.

ρ1 p1 h1 po1 Use of equation (13) in the ﬁrst step can be problematic. The ﬁxed-frame M2 then follows from geometry. M2 .w1 V1 u1 V2 u2 w2 change frames of reference observer fixed u1 u2 w observer moving at w = w1 =w2 These are then related via our previous normal-shock M2 = f (M1 ) relation. we still require the wave angle β . M2 → Mn2 . Oblique-shock analysis: Summary Starting from the known upstream Mach number M1 and the ﬂow deﬂection angle (body surface angle) θ. the velocity triangles on the two sides of the shock can be related by 2 u2 ρ1 (γ +1)M1 sin2 β tan(β − θ) = = = 2 tan β u1 ρ2 2 + (γ − 1)M1 sin2 β Solving this for θ gives tan θ = 2 2 M1 sin2 β − 1 2 tan β M1 (γ + cos 2β ) + 2 (13) which is an implicit deﬁnition of the function β (θ. 2 (γ +1)Mn ρ2 1 = 2 ρ1 2 + (γ − 1)Mn 1 p2 2γ 2 = 1 + Mn −1 1 p1 γ +1 h2 p2 ρ1 = h1 p1 ρ2 (9) (10) (11) (12) p2 po2 = po1 p1 h1 h2 γ/(γ −1) To allow application of the above relations. since it must be numerically solved to obtain the β (θ. M1 ) result. M1 Eq. θ . M1 ). if we make the substitutions M1 → Mn1 . Using the result w1 = w2 . . ρ2 p2 h2 po2 . the oblique-shock analysis proceeds as follows. A convenient alternative is to obtain this result graphically. .(13) −→ β Eq.(7)−−(12) −→ Mn2 . 4 . 2 Mn 2 1 2 1 + γ− Mn 1 2 = γ −1 2 γMn1 − 2 Mn2 = sin(β − θ) (7) (8) M2 The static property ratios are likewise obtained using the previous normal-shock relations.(6) −→ Mn1 Eqs.

in the upper-left corner of the oblique shock chart. The strong shock has a subsonic ﬂow behind it.0 5. If θ < θmax . strong shock Μ1 β weak shock Μ2 < 1 θ Μ2 > 1 θ 90 1. 3. 2.from an oblique shock chart.0 3.Μ1) Μ1 θ>θmax 0 10 θ 20 θmax 30 40 5 . and is unlikely to form over a straight-wall wedge. The chart also reveals a number of important features: 1. a detached shock forms ahead of the concave corner.5 2. corresponds to the normal-shock case. The strong-shock case in the limit θ → 0 and β → 90◦ . illustrated in the ﬁgure below. Such a detached shock is in fact the same as a bow shock discussed earlier.2 60 1. and is the one most likely to occur in a typical supersonic ﬂow. Instead. The larger β case is called a strong shock . no oblique shock is possible. If the wall angle exceeds this. two distinct oblique shocks with two diﬀerent β angles are physically possible.0 Μ1 Μ1 β detached shock (bow shock) β 30 β(θ. There is a maximum turning angle θmax for any given upstream Mach number M1 . or θ > θmax . The smaller β case is called a weak shock .

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