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1. (used with a sing. verb) The study of the thermodynamics of gases, especially at high relative velocities.
2. (used with a pl. verb) The thermodynamics of such gases.

aer′o·ther′mo·dy·nam′ic adj.


(Aeronautics) (functioning as singular) the study of the exchange of heat between solids and gases, esp of the heating effect on aircraft flying through the air at very high speeds
ˌaeroˌthermodyˈnamic adj


(ˌɛər oʊˌθɜr moʊ daɪˈnæm ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the science that deals with significant heat exchanges in gases or significant thermal effects between gases and solid surfaces, as in supersonic flight.
aer`o•ther`mo•dy•nam′ic, adj.
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Theoretical research into the problem of aerodynamic heating of ballistic missiles upon reentry into the atmosphere at high speeds was first published in 1949 by Carl Wagner.
Hypersonic speed is generally defined as beginning at Mach 5, which is the point where aerodynamic heating caused by the speed of the vehicle cutting through the atmosphere becomes a factor.
First, the high velocity of modern aircrafts give rise to an aerodynamic heating, which produce intense thermal stresses, reducing the strength of aircrafts structure.
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