Some Developments in Unsteady Transonic Flow Research

  • M. T. Landahl
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


Unsteady transonic flow is a specialized area of research which is of considerable interest for basic fluid dynamical reasons and in many engineering problems. The study of unsteady flows helps one to achieve an improved understanding of steady flows, in particular as to the permanence and realizability of a particular steady flow and how typical transonic nonlinear effects develop in time. The engineering interest derives primarily from the problem of stability of a rigid or flexible flight vehicle; the transonic region is usually found to be the one most susceptible to flutter and other dynamic instability phenomena. Also, for design of gas turbines the transonic flow regime is of great importance since compressor stages often operate in this speed range and the flow in them is basically unsteady.


Mach Number Wave Front Steady Flow Transonic Flow Hinge Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. T. Landahl
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  1. 1.The Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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