afterbody

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Etymology[edit]

From after- +‎ body

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Noun[edit]

afterbody (plural afterbodies)

  1. The afterpart of a vehicle.
    • 2005, Erik M. Conway, chapter 1, High-speed dreams: NASA and the technopolitics of supersonic transportation, 1945-1999, ISBN 080188067X, page 34:
      North American [Aviation] (NAA) added six General Electric X279 engines to the large, flat afterbody and turned the "wedge" into a pair of two-dimensional variable-geometry air inlets to feed the engines, and it fleshed out the vexing problem of what to build the plane out of using the experience it had gained working on the Navaho missile's structure.
  2. (nautical) The part of a vessel abaft midships.
    • 1754, Mungo Murray, chapter 6, A treatise on ship-building and navigation, page 45:
      After the diagonals are drawn in the plane of the projection, the ribbands may be laid down in the horizontal plane, and from thence all the other frames may be laid down in the plane of projection, in the very same manner that the horizontal ribbands and the frames for the afterbody were laid down.
    • 1882, John Wilson Danenhower, Lieutenant Danenhower's Narrative of the "Jeannette", page 32:
      As well as could be judged by looking down through the water under the counters, there was no injury whatever to the afterbody of the ship.
    • 1977, John Nicholas Newman, chapter 7, Marine Hydrodynamics, ISBN 0262140268, page 343:
      The extension of slender-body theory to account for the interaction of the afterbody with vortex sheets shed upstream has been carried out by Newman and Wu (1973) in the general case where the local lateral velocity of the body differs from the downwash of the trailing vortices.
  3. (astronomy) A companion body that trails a satellite or spacecraft.
  4. (astronautics) A section or piece of a launch vehicle, rocket, or spacecraft that enters the atmosphere unprotected behind the nose cone or other body that is protected for entry.
    • 2000, David M. Harland, chapter 6, Jupiter odyssey: the story of NASA's Galileo mission, ISBN 1852333014, page 105:
      After two minutes of aerodynamic breaking — now some 400 kilometres below the entry interface, and with the probe having slowed to the speed of sound — a mortar was programmed to deploy the small drogue into the slipstream, and once the drogue had slowed the probe to 430 kilometres per hour the afterbody shield was to be released so that the 2.5-metre wide dacron main parachute could be deployed.
    • 2004, Michael Douglas Griffin and James R. French, chapter 6, Space vehicle design, ISBN 1563475391, page 299:
      However, turbulent flow along the vehicle afterbody can under some conditions produce a comparable or greater heat flux.

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