This paper gives a brief review of the currently accepted understanding of sonic boom phenomena and describes the manner in which modified linearized theory and geometric acoustics are used to predict the sonic boom caused by a complex aircraft configuration. Minimization methods that have evolved in recent years are discussed, with particular attention given to a method developed by Seebass and George for an isothermal atmosphere which was modified for the real atmosphere by Darden. An additional modification which permits the relaxation of the nose bluntness requirement in the defining aircraft also is discussed. Finally, an overview of current areas of sonic boom research is given.

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    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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  • Authors:
    • Darden, C M
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 569-576
  • Serial:
    • Journal of Aircraft
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    • ISSN: 0021-8669

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172722
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM