KJ_Lesnick said:Kind of odd that they managed to make a pitot-inlet work effectively at high-speed. From what I was told the F-16 had great acceleration at high-supersonic speeds,
flateric said:F-16 inlet (both 'old' "small mouth" Normal Shock Inlet (NSI) and 'new' "big mouth" Modular Common Inlet Duct (MCID)) are Normal Shock Inlets. http://www.habu2.net/vipers/viperblocks/
It's convergent divergent diffuser inlet actually.
I'm attaching some pics that can make situation more clear.
KJ_Lesnick said:The second picture appears to show multiple shock-waves, and the 4th picture shows clearly "Oblique Shock" which is a shockwave that slows flow from a supersonic to a lower, but still supersonic speed... not a normal shock which slows you down from a supersonic to a subsonic speed...
KJ_Lesnick said:-What's the ECS-inlet?
"...a thin, centerline, airfoil-shaped tension strut member
inside the cowl, which minimizes cowl deflections under load and allows a lighter
and less costly structural design. Flow quality is not affected by the strut."
KJ_Lesnick said:If the F-16's inlet was highly limited in speed, where did all that stuff I heard awhile back online about the F-16 accelerating particularly well at supersonic speed (something a typical pitot-type inlet wouldn't be able to do very well) come from? ???
KJ_Lesnick said:Getting good higher supersonic performance means you'll want a variable inlet ramp.