Sears–Haack body

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Sears-Haack body)
Jump to: navigation, search
Sears–Haack body

The Sears–Haack body is the shape with the lowest theoretical wave drag in supersonic flow, for a given body length and given volume. The mathematical derivation assumes small-disturbance (linearized) supersonic flow, which is governed by the Prandtl-Glauert equation. The derivation and shape were published independently by two separate researchers: Wolfgang Haack in 1941 and later by William Sears in 1947.[1]

The theory indicates that the wave drag scales as the square of the second derivative of the area distribution, D_\text{wave} \sim [ S''(x)]^2 (see full expression below), so for low wave drag it's necessary that S(x) be smooth. Thus, the Sears–Haack body is pointed at each end and grows smoothly to a maximum and then decreases smoothly toward the second point.

Useful Formulas[edit]

The cross sectional area of a Sears–Haack Body is:

 S(x) = \frac {16V}{3L\pi}[4x(1-x)]^{3/2} = \pi R_{max}^2[4x(1-x)]^{3/2}

The volume of a Sears–Haack Body is:

 V = \frac {3\pi^2}{16}R_{max}^2 L

The radius of a Sears–Haack Body is:

 r(x) =  R_{max}[4x(1-x)]^{3/4}

The derivative (slope) is:

 r'(x) = 3R_{max}[4x(1-x)]^{-1/4} (1-2x)

The second derivative is:

 r''(x) = -3R_{max}\{[4x(1-x)]^{-5/4} (1-2x)^2 + 2[4x(1-x)]^{-1/4}\}

where:

x is the ratio of the distance from the nose to the whole body length. This is always between 0 and 1.

r is the local radius

 R_{max} is the radius at its maximum (occurs at center of the shape)

V is the volume

L is the length

 \rho is the density of the fluid

U is the velocity

From Slender-body theory:

 D_\text{wave} = - \frac {1}{4 \pi} \rho U^2  \int_0^\ell  \int_0^\ell S''(x_1) S''(x_2) \ln |x_1-x_2| \mathrm{d}x_1 \mathrm{d}x_2

alternatively:

 D_\text{wave} = - \frac {1}{2 \pi} \rho U^2  \int_0^\ell  S''(x) \mathrm{d}x \int_0^x S''(x_1) \ln (x-x_1)  \mathrm{d}x_1

These formulas may be combined to get the following:

 D_\text{wave} = \frac{64 V^2}{\pi L^4} \rho U^2 = \frac {9\pi^3R_{max}^4}{4L^2}\rho U^2
 C_{D_\text{wave}} = \frac {24V} {L^3} = \frac {9\pi^2R_{max}^2}{2L^2}

Generalization by R.T Jones[edit]

The Sears–Haack body shape derivation is correct only in the limit of a slender body. The theory has been generalized to slender but non-axisymmetric shapes by Robert T. Jones NACA Report 1284. In this extension, the area S(x) is defined on the Mach cone whose apex is at location x, rather than on the x=\text{constant} plane as assumed by Sears and Haack. Hence, Jones's theory makes it applicable to more complex shapes like entire supersonic aircraft.

Area rule[edit]

A superficially related concept is the Whitcomb area rule, which states that wave drag due to volume in transonic flow depends primarily on the distribution of total cross-sectional area, and for low wave drag this distribution must be smooth. A common misconception is that the Sears–Haack body has the ideal area distribution according to the area rule, but this is not correct. The Prandtl-Glauert equation which is the starting point in the Sears–Haack body shape derivation is not valid in transonic flow, which is where the Area rule applies.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palaniappan, Karthik (2004). "Bodies having Minimum Pressure Drag in Supersonic Flow – Investigating Nonlinear Effects". 22nd Applied Aerodynamics Conference and Exhibit. Antony Jameson. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 

External links[edit]