Two normal -wedge-inlet configurations (straight and sweptback splitter plates) were investigated in the Lewis 8- by 6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at Mach numbers of 1.50 to 1.99. Negligible differences occurred in the performances of the two normal-wedge inlets. In comparison with a previously tested scoop inlet, the normal-wedge configuration showed superior thrust-minus-drag characteristics at Mach 1.99. However the scoop inlet was better at Mach numbers of 1.80 and 1.50.
The interaction of the flow from one convergent and two convergent-divergent nozzles on parabolic afterbodies was studied at free-stream Mach numbers of 2.0, 1.6, and 0.6 over a range of jet pressure ratio. The influence of the jet on boattail and base drag was very pronounced. Study of the total external afterbody drag values at supersonic speeds indicated that, over most of the high-pressure-ratio range, increasing the nozzle design expansion ratio increased the drag even though the boattail area was reduced. Increasing the pressure ratio tended to increase slightly the total-drag increment caused by angle-of-attack operation.
Date: April 19, 1954
Creator: Englert, Gerald W.; Vargo, Donald J. & Cubbison, Robert W.