A computer code based on the method of characteristics is described and applied to the study of two- and three-dimensional chemical nonequilibrium flow over sharp and blunt-nosed bodies. Nonequilibrium flow over a wedge is used to show the approach to equilibrium flow, and to demonstrate the nature of the reaction zone behind the bow shock wave. The structure and development of a blunt-body entropy layer in nonequilibrium flow is examined for a blunt cone at zero incidence. Three-dimensional computations for the space shuttle body at 30 deg angle of attack are presented. A nondimensional scaling parameter, the Damkoehler number, which is the ratio of flow time to chemical reaction time, is calculated and its significance discussed.
AIAA PAPER 75-835
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fluid and Plasma Dynamics Conference; Jun 16, 1975 - Jun 18, 1975; Hartford, CT