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Gas dynamics

Gas dynamics is a branch of dynamics concerned with studying the motion of gases, particularly when they interact with moving objects. Since air is a gas, aerodynamics it is technically a branch of gas dynamics. Both share many of the same principles and fundamental equations and the terms are often used interchangeably.

See also

Important concepts

Flows of interest

Experimental techniques

Visualisation methods

  • Shadowgraph
  • Schlieren photography
  • Mach-Zehnder interferometer

Computational techniques

  • Wave drag
  • Sonic boom
  • Whitcomb area rule
  • Supercritical airfoil
  • Supersonic transport


  • Liepmann, Hans W.; Roshko, A. [1957] (2001). Elements of Gasdynamics. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-41963-0. 
  • Anderson, John D. Jr. [1984] (January 2001). Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math. ISBN 0-07-237335-0. 
  • Shapiro, Ascher H. [1953]. The Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Fluid Flow, Volume 1. Ronald Press. ISBN 978-0-471-06691-0. 
  • Zucker, Robert D.; Biblarz O. (July 2002). Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0471059676. 
  • Vincenti, Walter G. [1965] (2002). Introduction to Physical Gas Dynamics. Krieger publishing company. ISBN 0-88275-309-6. 
  • Anderson, John D. Jr. [1989] (2000). hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics. AIAA. ISBN 1-56347-459-X. 
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