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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.
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(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
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(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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Herein, the mixing plane model is used to determine the steady aerothermodynamic performance.
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After completing the course the participants should be able to apply aerothermodynamic concepts to the analysis of gas turbine engines; analyze turbomachinery velocity diagrams and relate those to thermodynamic parameters; appreciate the usefulness of the degree of reaction and the radial equilibrium equation; comprehend the discipline of operability and combustor characteristics; analyze cycle analysis problems on integrating the component performances to get the overall engine performance.
Through the aerothermodynamic analysis and turbulence characteristic analysis, there are two kinds of loss of the jets that are from rectangular nozzles for the blunt die.
Aerothermodynamic heating is a very big deal at Mach 10.
It also was expected to provide aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic data at hypersonic speeds.
In order to analyze and forecast any possible blackout problem, two aerothermodynamic analysis programs, which include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Normal Shock and Chemical Equilibrium Program (also called the Horton program) [4] and the Langley Aerothermodynamic Upwind Relaxation Algorithm (LAURA) program [5], have been used in Mars entry vehicles as they fly through Mars atmospheric environment [6].
Toro, "Brazilian 14-X B hypersonic scramjet aerospace vehicle aerothermodynamic code," in Proceedings of 22nd International Congress of Mechanical Engineering, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, 2011.