supersonic inlet

supersonic inlet

[¦sü·pər¦sän·ik ′in‚let]
(aerospace engineering)
An inlet of a jet engine at which single, double, or multiple shock waves form.

supersonic inlet

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An air inlet designed for supersonic flow both past it and through it at least for a part of the flight. Ideally, it has a center body or side wedge, which creates oblique shock waves.
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Examples apply numerical procedures for solving one-dimensional Euler equations to flow within a supersonic inlet, a converging-diverging nozzle, and a piston tube, and flow past an expansion corner and a compression corner.
Both of the Blackbird's twin nacelles contain an engine supersonic inlet, the J58 engine with its afterburner, and an exhaust ejector nozzle.
As a junior engineer working on supersonic inlets for NASA in the waning days of the old Supersonic Transport program, Robert Shaw had the feeling that the SST was vulnerable to "a big hit.
To achieve high performance levels, the mixed-compression inlet will need to operate close to its stability limit, much closer than military supersonic inlets.

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