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Aerothermodynamic Heating

  • Skin Temperature Data

Table 1 shows some estimates for some supersonic and hypersonic vehicles. These temperatures are approximate data for stagnation points, and therefore represent the actual local maxima. Also, the data must be intended at cruise condition, with the corresponding atmospheric data.

Table 1: Estimates of Skin Temperature
Vehicle M T (°K)
Convair B-58 2 420
North American XB-70 3 550
North American X-15 6 900
Waverider 8÷10 1,000
Waverider 25 1,650
Space Shuttle 25 1,500
ICBM 20÷256,000

The experimental aircraft X-15 performed at top speeds of M = 7. At this speed the data above does not apply.

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