The maximum values are summarized in the following Table .
It must be noted that the calculations are for the perfect gas model. In some cases, this assumption might not be sufficient and different analysis is needed. Henderson and Menikoff suggested a procedure to calculate the maximum deflection angle for arbitrary equation of state. When the mathematical quantity \(D\) becomes positive, for large deflection angle, there isn't a physical solution to an oblique shock. Since the flow "sees'' the obstacle, the only possible reaction is by a normal shock which occurs at some distance from the body. This shock is referred to as the detach shock. The detached shock's distance from the body is a complex analysis and should be left to graduate class and researchers in this area.
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Dr. Genick Bar-Meir. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later or Potto license.