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Aerodynamic Characteristics of an 11-Percent-Thick Symmetrical Supercritical Airfoil at Mach Numbers Between 0.30 and 0.85The aerodynamic characteristics of an 11 percent thick symmetrical supercritical airfoil were determined in an 8 foot transonic pressure tunnel over a Mach number range of 0.30 to 0.85. The Reynolds number of the tests, based on the airfoil chord, varied with Mach number over a range of 360 million to 774 million. The geometric angle of attack varied from -0.5 to 10.5 deg. The abrupt drag rise for the supercritical airfoil at zero normal force conditions occurs at a Mach number just above 0.82. The corresponding drag rise Mach number for a conventional NACA 0012 airfoil is approximately 0.70. At zero normal force conditions, the level of supervelocity over the supercritical airfoil is considerably reduced from that for the NACA 0012 airfoil. Also, the shock wave for the supercritical airfoil is substantially weaker than that for the NACA 0012 airfoil. For a Mach number of 0.82 and zero normal force, the flow over the present airfoil is supercritical; however, there is no discernible shock wave in the flow, indicating near isentropic recompression.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Blackwell, J. A., Jr. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1969
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:X-1831
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 126-13-01-29-23
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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