bow shock wave

bow shock wave

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A shock wave that forms when the aircraft is flying at a speed faster than the speed of sound. A bow wave is a shock wave in front of a body, such as an airfoil, or is apparently attached to the forward tip of the body.
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Figure 4 shows the strong interaction between the freestream disturbance wave and the bow shock wave and the difference between the inside boundary and the outside boundary layer.
It should be noted that the bow shock wave slightly deforms when being subjected to the refection wave, as the mark B shown in the figure.