Jet Propulsion/Fluid Mechanics
Units & symbols 
Primary units 
|Table 1.1: Primary Units|
Derived units 
|Table 1.2: Derived Units|
|Quantity||Name||Symbol||In fundamental units|
|Force||Newton||N||m • kg s-2|
|Pressure, stress||Pascal||Pa||N • m-2|
|Energy, work, heat||Joule||J||N • m|
|Heat capacity, entropy||Joule per kelvin||J K-1|
|Specific heat capacity,specific entropy||Joule per kilogram kelvin||J kg-1 K-1|
|Specific energy||Joule per kilogram||J kg-1|
|Thermal conductivity||Watt per meter kelvin||W m-1 K-1|
Standard Atmosphere 
|Table 1.3: Standard Atmosphere in SI Units|
|Pressure, Sea level||P0||101,325 Pa|
|Acceleration due to gravity||g0||9.80665 m s-2|
|Air density||ρ0||1.225 kg m-3|
|Kinematic viscosity||ν0||1.46070x10-5 m2 s-1|
|Absolute viscosity||μ0||1.7894x10-5 m2 s-1|
|Temperature lapse rate, (sea level to isothermal, 0-11km)||-6.5 K km-1|
|Gas constant||R||287.074 J kg-1 K-1|
|Specific heat constant volume||cV||717.986J kg-1 K-1|
|Specific heat, constant pressure||cP||1004.76 J kg-1 K-1|
|Specific heat ratio||γ||1.4|
|Speed of sound, Sea level||C0 (= 20.05*sqrt(T))||340.3065 m s-1|
|Table 1.5: Standard Symbols|
|M*||Velocity/acoustic state where M=1.0|
|W||Mass flow rate|
|γ||Specific heat ratio|
|t||total (isentropic stagnation)|
|x||in front of normal shock|
|y||behind normal shock|
Gas Laws 
|Internal energy||u = cv T|
|Enthalpy||h = cp T|
|Kelvin to celsius||oK = oC+273.15|
|Perfect Gas:||P V = m R T|
|At constant temperature:||P1/ P2 = V1/ V2|
|At constant pressure||V1/ V2 = T1/ T2|
|At constant volume||P1/ P2 = T1/ T2|
|Reversible adiabatic process||P1V1γ=P2V2γ|
|P1/ P2 = ( V2/ V1 )γ|
|T1/ T2 = ( V2/ V1 )γ-1|
|T2/ T2 = ( P2/ P1 )(γ-1)/γ|
|P1/ P2 = ( ρ1/ ρ2 )γ|
|P1/ P2 = ( V2/ V1 )n|
|T1/ T2 = ( V1/ V2 )1-n|
|T1/ T2 = ( P1/ P2 )(n-1)/n;|
|Bernoulli equation||P/ρ + V2/2 + Z = constant|
|Steady flow equation||q + h + V2/2 + Z = constant|
|Velocity of sound in perfect gas|
|Specific heats||R = cP - cV|
|γ = cP / cV|
Adiabatic Processes 
An adiabatic process is a thermodynamic process in which no heat is transferred to or from the working fluid. In an ideal gas turbine (Brayton cycle) the compression and expansion processes are adiabatic. We define θ as the pressure ratio in a process relating to the ambient conditions:
Then for adiabatic compression the temperature ration τ is:
For air γ = 1.4 so (γ-1)/ γ= 0.286
A log-log plot simplifies the analysis for quick engineering calculations.
|Example 1.2: Adiabatic and isobaric processes|
|Air at standard sea level conditions is compressed to 30 bar adiabatically. (0-3); heated to 1700K at constant pressure (3-4) and then expanded back to 1 bar adiabatically (4-5). What's the final temperature and how much heat is added in process 3-4?|
|See figure 1.3|
Changing the velocity of the fluid by pressure changes simultaneously changes the temperature. Compression work raises the apparent temperature of the fluid. We can relate Mach number to the internal energy of the fluid:
Aerodynamic Analysis 
Aerodynamic analysis attempts to progressively analyze the flows in the aerodynamic stages. Practical design includes substantial theoretical, computational and experimental analysis.
The stagnation or total temperatures and pressures are needed to measure the energy additions in high speed gas flows that occur in gas turbines. Using the Mach number allows us to factor in the compressibility of the gas.
Compressible fluid flow equations 
In a steady flow, for any two sections of the flow on a stream tube
or in differential form
Where is the density of the fluid
is the internal energy per unit mass of the fluid
is the cross-sectional Area for the tube or channel
The net force on the control volume matches the momentum change in the fluid
- dp=-ρ u du
The change in enthalpy is balanced by the change in kinetic energy
- dh + u du=0
Where h is enthalpy per unit mass, u + pv, pv being the product of pressure and volume
The enthalpy of a gas h at temperature T is
where is the constant pressure specific heat of the gas. For air is about 1.005 kJ/kg K.
Entropy change in a process can be expressed as
or in more conveniently terms of pressures
Stagnation temperature 
Stagnation temperature is the temperature of the gas if it is brought to rest adiabatically. Adding the kinetic energy to the internal energy of the gas we get the relation
where Tt is the total(stagnation temperature of the flow.
The total enthalpy relation encapsulates the energy changes in isentropic compressors and turbines. To add energy to the flow the gas is put through a relative deceleration process against the compressor and diffuser surfaces and gains energy. To extract energy the gas is accelerated against nozzles and turbine buckets.
The Mach number of the flow is
since R= cp - cv and γ = cp / cv
Where (greek letter gamma) is the adiabatic expansion coefficent between pressure and volume
This is the temperature if the gas is brought to rest adiabatically.
Isentropic stagnation pressure 
Isentropic stagnation density 
Duct flow 
A steady inviscid adiabatic quasi-one dimensional flow obeys the following equations:
Differential continuity equation
- d (ρ u A) =0
Differential momentum equation
- dp=-ρ u du
Differential energy equation
- dh + u du=0
Rewrite momentum equation
The velocity of sound is:
- a =(dp / dρ)1/2
Rearranging and substituting:
- a2=(dp / dρ)
- a2 dρ / ρ = -u du
Substituting into continuity equation
We get the area velocity equation:
Thus for acceleration (positive du/u) the area must decrease for Mach numbers below 1 and increase for Mach numbers above 1.
The relationship between Mach number and duct area related to the throat area A* is:
The temperature relation is
the pressure relation
and the density relation
The figure below shows these relationships for air with γ of 1.4.
A fully expanded gas would approach a Mach number of infinity as it's temperature drops to absolute zero.
Mass flow 
The figure above shows this exchange for a fluid with γ=1.4 undergoing an adiabatic expansion. Sonic velocity (Mach 1) is achieved when the pressure drops to 0.528 and the area for a particular mass flow is minimum at this Mach number. The flow at this condition is said to be choked and any further reductions in duct area will not produce acceleration of the stream. The mass flow per unit area is
A nozzle converts internal energy of the gas into directed kinetic energy by expanding along a pressure gradient.
As the gas expands initially the volume increment is smaller than the velocity increment and the stream tube converges. A M=1 the effects balance and for M>1 the differential volume increase is greater than the velocity increase and a divergent stream is needed. The narrowest section of the nozzle is called the "throat".
Decreasing the pressure at the exit of a nozzle of fixed geometry increases the exit velocity until the the velocity in the smallest section of the nozzle becomes sonic. The nozzle is then said to be "choked" and further reduction of the exit pressure has no effect on the flow upstream of the throat.
The maximum exit velocity depends on the energy content of the source gas.
Choked flow 
Choked flow is the maximum flow that can pass through a passage for a given initial total conditions. Boundary layer effects further limit the flow through real nozzles.
A diffuser converts relative kinetic energy into pressure.
An ideal diffuser would recover the stagnation pressure, but practical diffusers cannot bring the fluid velocity to zero and have losses. The pressure recovered by such a diffuser is:
A subsonic diffuser is a divergent passage. Diffusers operate in an adverse pressure gradient regime and the boundary layer development must be carefully managed to avoid flow separation. Boundary layers can be energized by extraction or aspiration but this has energy and complexity costs.
Achieving stable supersonic diffusion without shockwaves is almost impossible, since instabilities become rapidly magnified as the flow can rapidly snap to become subsonic via a normal shockwave and accelerate in the convergent passage. Usually multiple inclined shockwaves are employed to minimize entropy rise.
The shock is a thin boundary across which heat transfer and viscous heating make the flow subsonic. The isentropic relations above are not applicable across a shock wave. The total temperature across a shock (normal to the shock surface) remains constant but the total pressure is lost. The loss depends on the incident Mach number.
Normal shock 
The Mach number M2 after the shock is:
A higher incident Mach number will transition to a smaller downstream subsonic Mach number.
The density & velocity relation
the pressure relation
and the temperature relation